Archive for March, 2016

Hotel Vermont hosts an evening with best-selling author Chris Bohjalian to benefit COTS from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The ticketed event ($35 at includes welcome drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds and a silent auction at the event will benefit COTS. Among the silent auction items: A character named in an upcoming book! A book signing at “Book It for COTS” will be provided by Phoenix Books….

Categories: Events, Fundraisers, Volunteers
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  A key strategy in COTS’ work to end homelessness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. The Housing Resource Center, established by COTS in 2008, is dedicated to homelessness prevention and housing retention. The program provides a centralized place to help prevent at-risk households f rom losing their existing housing due to unforeseen circumstances and to assist those who are without a home to move more…

Categories: Homeless Prevention, Homelessness
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COTS embraces innovation and the efficient use of resources across all of our programs and services, which is why we were so delighted by a recent donation from Vermont Timber Works. In February, the Vermont-based business donated $1,000 worth of solar credits to COTS to help offset our future energy costs. This unique donation is the result of their successful generation of solar power utilizing their newly installed solar array…

Categories: Donations, Homelessness
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Off to the races – “The Reading Race,” that is! Led by teacher and author Abby Klein, students from Orchard School in South Burlington put on their running shoes, er – their reading shoes – and busted out a successful “reading race.” Inspired by their teacher’s book, the students asked friends and relatives to donate one penny for every minute they read. The money earned would then go to a…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Donations, Events

On a blustery January day in 2010, COTS’ Canal Street Veterans Housing officially opened. In the five years since, this two-year transitional housing program for formerly homeless veterans and their families is among COTS’ most successful programs. The U.S. Veterans Administration recently conducted its annual review of Canal Street, where our program exceeded all performance measures for the previous year. Among the 2015 outcomes worth celebrating: 87% of residents who…

Categories: Community Partner, Homelessness, Housing, Veterans, Volunteers
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