Advocacy

Thank you to WOKO-FM and to the people who shared their stories and how COTS helped them:    

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Listen to the stories of COTS through the people we serve: From the Vermont Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting: Dan Smith, CEO, on Sept. 13, 2017 at Lyndon State College featured the voices of Vermonters, including those served by COTS. Other voices are from those connected with Brattleboro Retreat, Bread Loaf Corporation, Community College of Vermont, Fowler’s R&R Ranch Corporation, Let’s Grow Kids, Lyndon State College, Spectrum Youth & Family Services,…

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The following is an edited version of COTS Executive Director Rita Markley’s keynote address at the COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on October 27, 2017. Good morning and welcome to our (world famous) annual meeting and volunteer recognition breakfast.  Thank you for joining us.  This is the time of year when we slow our frenetic pace for a few hours to celebrate your many contributions to COTS. And…

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COTS hosted its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 27, at the First Congregational Church of Burlington. The event is an opportunity to honor the extraordinary contributions by volunteers, community partners and local businesses that support COTS work to end homelessness. The recipients were chosen for their outstanding service and commitment to assist and advocate for our neighbors struggling with homelessness or those who are marginally housed….

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Gov. Phil Scott was recognized for his work proposing, advocating, and supporting the $35 million housing bond included in this year’s state budget. This initiative will result in 550-650 new units of housing over the next two three years, creating rental opportunities and homeownership opportunities for low- and middle-income Vermonters. The bond addresses the significant need for affordable housing in Vermont, and will help alleviate homelessness and create workforce housing….

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BURLINGTON – COTS and Housing Vermont were joined by Congressman Peter Welch, Governor Phil Scott and Mayor Miro Weinberger to mark the re-opening of the COTS building at 95 North Avenue following extensive renovations. COTS and Housing Vermont partnered on the capital project to rebuild a permanent home for the COTS Daystation, the nonprofit’s daytime center for homeless adults to connect with services; create 14 affordable apartments; and renovate COTS’…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Community Partner, COTS Shelters, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Housing, Staff and Board, Volunteers

  Rita Markley, COTS executive director, gave the following speech on April 3, 2017, at the ribbon-cutting event that celebrated the completion of the 95 North Avenue renovation. This project has never been just about a building, but about what happens within it. We are bringing together in one location four vital resources for struggling Vermonters: new affordable housing units on the second floor, case management services, our Housing Resource…

Categories: Advocacy, COTS Shelters, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Housing

Annually, the Green Mountain Chorus hosts their annual singing Valentines Day fundraiser for COTS. It’s a wonderful gift for a friend, family member or significant person in your life. Each valentine includes a song, personalized card and box of Lake Champlain chocolates. Costing $50, a portion of the proceeds are given to COTS!   They’ll sing anywhere you request, including schools, offices and in public, and are bound to create…

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A shower, a bed and a community: These are three values that COTS’ Waystation stands by. “We try to limit activities that happen at here,” Waystation Manager Aurora Lenz-Watson said. “This is a space where guests can relax and sleep. We try to keep it really quiet and calm for the most part.” This is COTS’ original program, providing emergency shelter for single adults since 1982. The Waystation is located…

Categories: Advocacy, COTS Shelters, Donations, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Volunteers

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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