A special thank you to Wally Caswell and our good friends at Great Eastern Radio for helping us craft the attached PSA that highlights our work with homeless veterans through our Canal Street Veterans Housing program. Located in Winooski, Canal Street is an innovative approach to veterans’ assistance that creates housing, not shelter, for formerly homeless veterans and their families. The program provides veterans with time to transition back into…

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If you’ve ever worked the soil or spent time in a garden, you know it produces more than a generous harvest of food. The therapeutic element of gardening, the whole metaphor of being able to plant something, nurture it and see it grow and bear fruit is powerful and can be transformative. This year, gardens have sprouted at three different COTS facilities: our Daystation, Main Street Family Shelter, and Canal Street…

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We recently asked our staff to share some of the stories of the people they work with every day — parents, children, and individuals facing the crisis of homelessness in our community. These stories are the reasons we will walk at at the COTS Walk on May 1st. Please join us: Register today. … For the single mom who called crying … She had good news to share on housing and…

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Two students — one in elementary school and one in college — teamed up with COTS to create a video Web series about the 2016 COTS Walk, and we could not be more grateful! Please meet our COTS Walk 2016 Ambassador, Ellie LaMontagne! Ellie, 11, stars in the six video shorts. She is a longtime COTS Walker and a sixth-grader at Christ the King School in Burlington. (Ellie previously starred as…

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It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to meet the Puppets at the Puppet Show tonight!   While the children in shelter (and many of our younger staff) aren’t old enough to remember the original “Muppet Show,” we can still relate to the hours spent as children with imaginary play, creating courageous heroes and vile villains. Now, thanks to the generous support of…

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BURLINGTON – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger joined COTS and Housing Vermont on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, to kick off the redevelopment of the COTS building at 95 North Avenue.  When completed in early 2017, the new facility will offer 14 affordable apartments and a new permanent home for the COTS’ Daystation program, while also enabling COTS to make its program space for family services and homelessness prevention more accessible…

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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 flynntix.org) 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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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