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#172vt

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What is #172vt? Our #172vt campaign is an effort to bring attention to the urgent and growing needs of homeless children. The number of homeless children nationally has surged in recent years to all-time record highs. Vermont has echoed these disturbing trends. Today, one in every 30 children in the United States is homeless. Every year, we examine the issue in our own community. We conduct a count of homeless…

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We want share with you exciting news! COTS is moving forward with our plans to rebuild a permanent new home for the Daystation, our daytime center for single adults, and create 14 new units of supportive housing. As you might recall, the Daystation was destroyed by a catastrophic flood in July 2012. Since that time, COTS has continued to operate the program from temporary, interim locations — initially at the First…

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My name is Shelby, and I am a student at Big Picture South Burlington, an alternative high school. My  program gives me the opportunity to learn through real world experiences and my passions. After briefly learning about homelessness in the Boston and Burlington communities, I decided to take action, and gain as much knowledge I could about the subject in an effort to destroy apathy. I am now an intern…

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We are consistently amazed by the efforts of our community partners to create a healthier, more equitable Vermont. One of which, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation(VEIC), is developing and implementing a 4-phase employeeengagement program called LEAD.  As an organization with a love of acronyms, LEAD stands for “Learn, Engage, Act and Discuss”.  Each of the 4 phases is defined below: Learn – TED Talks, Speakers, Videos, Books, Articles Engage – Facilitated…

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We are thrilled to announce that our longtime volunteer Howard Longway has won a United Way 2014 Building Blocks Award in the “income” category. Howard began volunteering and making in-kind donations to the community at Canal Street Veterans Housing when the program first opened in February 2011. Howard is passionate about assisting veterans in need. His generous support and volunteer service have helped many Canal Street veterans return to financial…

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Local songwriter Jamie Bright (aka Silent Mind) plans to join us for the 25th Annual COTS Walk on May4. He will perform on the Battery Park stage. Jamie is also the creative force behind Burlington songwriters supporting their community by coming together to share their talents. Every month, Jamie Bright of Chakra-5 Records invites four local songwriters to perform monthly and help heighten awareness of those in our communities who…

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The 25th Annual COTS Walk kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4. The fundraiser is a 3.5-mile trek around downtown Burlington starting from Battery Park, following the route a person who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless might travel to receive shelter and services. This is the one day of the year that the nationally recognized nonprofit opens its programs to the community so people can see…

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Many of the buildings owned by COTS in downtown Burlington, Vermont, are historic (including several built in the 1800s). As a result, they aren’t as energy efficient as we would like. To address this, COTS has implemented an overall plan to update these inefficiencies across our facilities. These planned updates benefit our residents and guests in two ways. The improvements: * Allow for a more comfortable stay in our buildings;…

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On Oct. 25, 2013, COTS held its Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. COTS Executive Director Rita Markley gave the following keynote address.  Good morning, and welcome to our Annual Meeting and Volunteer recognition breakfast. This is the time of year when we celebrate your many contributions to COTS and reflect on why they matter. This is also the day when we thumb our noses at nutritional convention and offer…

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When you think homeless, what is the first face you see? Take a moment and answer honestly. Did you think of a young woman living in poverty and trying to raise her infant child? Did you think of an elderly veteran who suffers from PTSD and lives in chronic pain from a wartime injury? Did you think of an entire family that encountered challenges in the recession and lost their…

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