Education

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,…

Categories: Advocacy, Education, Families, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Veterans
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Charlotte Central School prides itself on creating a positive learning environment. This past year, they implemented a school-wide “Be the Change” program, building upon that call-to-action. “Be the Change” was about recognizing that students’ positive behavior not only affects us as individuals, but has a positive impact on the school and the greater community. Throughout the 2016-17 school year, a student’s positive action was acknowledged by a penny. Pennies were…

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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…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Community Partner, COTS Shelters, Donations, Education, Events, Families
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This summer has been very exciting for us.  Thanks to our Family Shelter AmeriCorps member Macy Margolin we have a brand new garden in the back of our Main Street Family Shelter!  We sent our AmeriCorps VISTA Lori Goldman to interview Macy back in March about the beginning of the project, the process of building the garden, and the effect that it has on the kids staying with us in…

Categories: COTS Shelters, Education, Families

The COTS Walk is almost here! There is still time to register — and walk-ins are absolutely welcome. (Walk donations appreciated, too.) Check in for the Walk begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Battery Park in Burlington. The 3-mile Walk kicks off at 2 p.m., winding around downtown Burlington before returning to Battery Park for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. New this year, we have a special awareness project with Gardener’s…

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With more than 1,500 Vermonters without housing on any given night and families with children now making up half of all people in emergency shelters, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen made an announcement at COTS regarding a statewide strategy for ending child and family homelessness in Vermont by 2020. The governor and secretary made the announcement while celebrating a grant of more than a half-million dollars…

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