Veterans

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…

Categories: Children, COTS Shelters, Families, Veterans
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On a blustery January day in 2010, COTS’ Canal Street Veterans Housing officially opened. In the five years since, this two-year transitional housing program for formerly homeless veterans and their families is among COTS’ most successful programs. The U.S. Veterans Administration recently conducted its annual review of Canal Street, where our program exceeded all performance measures for the previous year. Among the 2015 outcomes worth celebrating: 87% of residents who…

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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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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…

Categories: Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Housing, Veterans
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On June 13, the community came together to honor the men and women who serve and served in our military and to recognize the amazing supporters who helped make the Canal Street Veterans Housing possible. “Veterans have sacrificed so much for this country, and we are so proud to have this beautiful building to let them know how much we appreciate their service,” said Rita Markley, COTS executive director. “Canal…

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Every year in January, homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the Statehouse to report to their representatives which strategies are working and which ones need work. Together they make a case to the state’s Housing Committee to advocate for the strongest and most effective homeless state policy.  Take a look at the Homeless Awareness Day Album. COTS Executive Director, Rita Markley, opened the Housing Committee meeting with testimony about…

Categories: COTS Shelters, Events, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Veterans
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On Sept. 22-23, 2012, Marty Martinez, a members of the COTS Veterans Advisory Council, launched their first Stand Down event for homeless veterans in Vermont at the Winooski High School. Martinez said he was motivated by the need he saw, given the latest census data; every night there are 60 homeless vets in the state of Vermont.  He wanted to use Stand Down to help find those 60 individuals and connect…

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