Homeless Prevention

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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Twenty years ago, a kind and generous anonymous donor asked our community to take the “challenge” and raise at least $1,000 for the COTS Walk to help end homelessness in Vermont. If a walker reached this goal, their donations would be matched. Thanks to this incredible donor, many walkers have taken that challenge each — and four walkers have taken it every single year: 20 Challenges completed, and often exceeded….

Categories: Children, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Staff and Board, Volunteers

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…

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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…

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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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  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sian Leach at sianl@cotsonline.org or (802) 864-7402 x 207  

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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…

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