Advocacy

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’…

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  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…

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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…

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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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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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Are you ready to “Book it to the Walk“? Register today! And, invite your friends and family to join you: www.classy.org/cotswalk2016. The COTS Walk is our largest event each year to raise funding to support services and increase understanding about homelessness. Our fundraising goal this year: $200,000! Through the support of our sponsors, all the money raised by walkers goes directly to services. This year’s COTS Walk theme centers around…

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The Leahy Leadership Award was created in honor of Sen. Patrick Leahy to acknowledge advocacy and leadership on behalf of those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Today, we are delighted to bestow this high honor on Sheila Crowley, the departing CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  With this award, we recognize her over three-decade long dedication to advocating for, as well as supporting, low-income…

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