Lori’s Story

Ten years ago September, that’s when the bottom fell out of our world.  We went from our LoriAmerican dream of having a nice house — four bedrooms, a two-car garage, a fireplace. We left that house in South Burlington to go to a hotel, then to our temporary home with COTS.”

“People become homeless for many different reasons.  In our case, it was because of an illness. My husband, Bruce, worked for Xerox for close to 18 years when his boss told him he had to move to Connecticut or resign.  Our father-in-law lived with us, and he was on dialysis. We hadn’t been in our house that long so we decided to stay. Bruce found a job first at Best Buy, and then at Home Depot. While he was working at Home Depot, he called me to pick him up from work. He could hardly move, and he had immense pain in his back. From that day forward, there were tests, doctors, and many different painkillers – most with awful side effects. We had already started to get behind in the bills, but when Bruce stopped working, it became worse.”

“In September 2004, the bank foreclosed on our house. With no family in the area, we had no place to go. Since this happened to my family, it has changed how I look at things. I don’t take things for granted that I may have before. I want to be able to give back in any way I can. This comes from COTS helping us when we needed it.”

At COTS, we help people like Lori every day.  With your support, we can continue making a difference in the lives of our fellow community members.


To learn more, please contact our Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach at SianL@cotsonline.org