COTS Shelters

2017 Walk Map FINAL BURLINGTON – The 28th Annual COTS Walk kicks off at 2 p.m. SUNDAY (May 7, 2017) from Battery Park with thousands of origami butterflies to celebrate the new beginnings made possible through COTS’ work to end homelessness. This year’s Walk theme, as symbolized by the butterflies: Inspire hope. Empower transformation. Guests at the COTS Daystation, children staying in COTS family shelter, students, volunteers, supporters, and staff…

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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’…

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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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That’s because in honor of our annual Walk and the opening of our newly renovated program facility, we are celebrating “transformations” and “second chances,” as symbolized by the butterfly. “I think that by our COTS Walk, my office will be filled to the brim with origami butterflies,” Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach said. We’re calling this: The Butterfly Project. Our goal: Fold 3,500 origami butterflies – 100 butterflies…

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What is the Daystation? The Daystation is a drop-in shelter, and is open 365 days a year seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It offers a refuge from the streets and access to an array of services. This is where individuals can meet with COTS staff and connect with local resources, receive mail and telephone calls, and find support toward their goal of self-sufficiency. Daystation staff…

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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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Flourishing gardens, Pinterest-inspired crafts and evenings at Centennial Field — the idyllic Burlington, Vermont summer is spent outdoors, and with a community. At COTS’ Daystation, community is an essential value to the success of the guests. “We try to build community on different levels, and you know in the community, some people like to go to bingo, or do other things that aren’t focused on what’s wrong with you,” Daystation…

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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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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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