Staff and Board

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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COTS hosted its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 27, at the First Congregational Church of Burlington. The event is an opportunity to honor the extraordinary contributions by volunteers, community partners and local businesses that support COTS work to end homelessness. The recipients were chosen for their outstanding service and commitment to assist and advocate for our neighbors struggling with homelessness or those who are marginally housed….

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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’…

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At the COTS Daystation, much is done to ensure that clients have access to the services they need to establish and maintain self-sufficiency.  Programming at the Daystation goes beyond crisis needs – activities also affirm each individual’s dignity. This is where AmeriCorps member Sydney Kalas comes in.  Following the suggestion of a local art therapist, Sydney decided to introduce mandalas – geometrically intricate designs of Indian origin – to guests…

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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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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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The Governor’s Service Awards, honoring Vermonters who are dedicated to helping their communities, took place on Friday and coincided with AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary.  Overall, it was a day full of joy, appreciation, and dedication to service. Winner Governor’s Service Award in Corporate category has been incredibly supportive in the COTS mission.  Since our partnership began three years ago, Dealer has been a corporate sponsor of our COTS Walk…

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The Power of Giving: Thank you to Citizens Bank

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We are always so thankful when we receive donations, and it is especially touching when we hear about the effect they have had on our clients.  Sharon Snow, one of COTS’ Family Services Case Managers, had the privilege of watching families take the school supplies donated by Citizens Bank through the Gear For Grades Initiative.  She has some powerful reflections that we would love to share: “Every year in August the…

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This guest post was provided by Essex High School student intern, Samantha Roberge, as a part of her TIPS internship program. I’m Samantha Roberge, a senior at Essex High School interning at COTS as a TIPS student in my Community Internship class. TIPS stands for Training Interns and Partnering for Success, and is a program in which students, 16 years old and up, receive an unpaid 40 hour internship (of their…

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