Families

  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

BURLINGTON – The 28th Annual COTS Walk kicks off Sunday, May 7, with thousands of origami butterflies to celebrate the new beginnings made possible through your support of COTS as we work together to end homelessness: Inspire hope. Empower transformation. Guests at the COTS Daystation, children staying in COTS family shelter, students, volunteers, supporters, and staff are busy folding butterflies – and the COTS’ offices are beginning to overflow with…

Categories: Children, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Housing, Volunteers
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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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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

There is nothing more inspiring to us than kids helping their peers in need.  That is exactly what Mr. Kellogg’s class of 3rd and 4th graders at Williston Central School did earlier in the month, using incredible artistic skill and entrepreneurial prowess. As a part of their unit on business and entrepreneurship, students researched and developed their own business model, budgeted, created a very desirable product, and then gave their…

Categories: Children, Events, Families, Fundraisers

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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