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Flourishing gardens, Pinterest-inspired crafts and evenings at Centennial Field — the idyllic Burlington, Vermont summer is spent outdoors, and with a community. At COTS’ Daystation, community is an essential value to the success of the guests. “We try to build community on different levels, and you know in the community, some people like to go to bingo, or do other things that aren’t focused on what’s wrong with you,” Daystation…

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A special thank you to Wally Caswell and our good friends at Great Eastern Radio for helping us craft the attached PSA that highlights our work with homeless veterans through our Canal Street Veterans Housing program. Located in Winooski, Canal Street is an innovative approach to veterans’ assistance that creates housing, not shelter, for formerly homeless veterans and their families. The program provides veterans with time to transition back into…

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Join Us for a Comedy Show at ArtsRiot! For the third year, Kathleen Kanz hosts Comic Relief– an awareness/ fundraising event that’s a good time and a great way to give back. The first Comic Relief was started by Bob Zmuda (Andy Kaufmann’s friend and comedy sidekick) in 1986 as the homeless population in New York City had ballooned due to changes in national and local policies and funding. The event…

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We are deeply saddened by the passing of Cynthia Hoehl. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the entire Hoehl Family. In March 2008, COTS honored Cynthia with our Milestone Hero Award. We share that tribute from Rita Markley again with you today in memory of Cynthia: The milestone hero we are honoring this evening is Cynthia Hoehl, a well-known philanthropist and longtime supporter of COTS.  Fortunately for us, Cindy is not the…

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Every year, starting the Monday after Thanksgiving, 50-plus COTS volunteers a night go “dialing-for-dollars” to raise money for COTS shelters and services. Working seven weekday evenings, these dedicated volunteers call 6,000 COTS donors from 6 to 9 p.m. and raise more than $190,000 to support COTS shelter and services. WHAT: COTS Annual Phonathon WHEN: 5:30 – 9 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3 and Dec. 7-8, 2015 WHERE: 95 North Ave., Burlington COTS has partnered with WOKO…

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COTS is honored to salute KeyBank, an engaged partner and dedicated supporter. KeyBank has been a longtime supporter of COTS’ homelessness prevention efforts, a past event sponsor for the COTS’ What the Fix Slam, our COTS Walk and our 30th Anniversary celebration, and they have served lunch at the Daystation and organized Walk teams and event volunteers. They’ve helped with inkind donations of office furniture and other needs. They dine…

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In honor of Maree Gaetani’s departure from Gardener’s Supply, her co-workers decided to donate sheets, comforters, and towels to COTS in her name.  To magnify the impact of the gift, Gardener’s Supply decided to match its employees’ gifts, resulting in a $600 in-kind donation of much needed linens!   Maree is a former COTS Board member and longtime dedicated volunteer, helping personally and coordinating support from Gardener’s Supply Co. to help with gardens…

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Every day, the Daystation offers guests Chittenden County’s only free noontime meal – a program that has been around nearly as long as the Daystation itself. Guests depend on the Daystation’s lunchtime meal not only for the food, but also for the sense of community and belonging it provides. Every effort is made to ensure that the lunches are as nutritious and balanced as possible. Chili, beans, pasta, salad, and…

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COTS will celebrate the 5th anniversary of Canal Street Veterans Housing in January 2016. To mark the occasion, we decided to talk to Maggie Merriam, Program Coordinator and Case Manager at Canal Street, about her experiences there and her thoughts on what Canal Street means to the local community. Maggie became involved with COTS nearly 10 years ago while she was studying social work as an undergraduate at the University of Vermont….

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COTS Fall/Winter Calendar of Events 2015 OCTOBER COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Friday, October 23, 8-9:30 a.m., First Congregational Church, Burlington Please join us! The Committee on Temporary Shelter cordially invites you to our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. We will honor volunteers, community partners, local businesses and other organizations, 8-10 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 38 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington (Marketplace parking garage located nearby). RSVP@cotsonline.org;…

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