Archive for September, 2015

We are so thrilled that our volunteer, Peter Keny, was honored with a Building Blocks Award at last week’s Live United breakfast. Peter began volunteering in COTS family shelters last fall and has provided 2 – 3 hours of support every week since he joined our volunteer network.  He manages to volunteer despite his packed schedule attending classes, working the night shift as a janitor, and helping run the Sudan…

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One of the people who meets guests at COTS’ Main Street and Firehouse Family shelters is often Kathy Fleury. Kathy is COTS’ Family Shelters Coordinator. Kathy oversees shelter staff and programming – and ensures that all shelter guests remain as comfortable and as supported as possible as they undergo their housing transitions.  She meets with guests regularly to make sure their concerns and needs are being met. The ultimate goal…

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My name is Macy Margolin, and I am the Children’s Programming Specialist AmeriCorps here at COTS’ family shelter. When I arrived at family shelter, they had a small container garden, made out of several storage bins. My goal was to build a 100 square foot, raised bed, garden in its place, to supplement produce for our healthy snack and meal program for youth. I thought this might additionally make a…

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COTS recently completed a weatherization project at the Main Street Family Shelter. The project’s goals: to make the shelter more comfortable and livable for its guests, and to lower COTS’ annual energy expenses. The partnership and generous support of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s (CVOEO) Champlain Valley Weatherization, Commons Energy, and Consumer Construction made this project possible. We are very grateful! The project began with a thorough energy audit,…

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