Posts Tagged ‘Children’

This year is our 28th Annual COTS Walk Walk, presented by National Life Group, and our theme, as symbolized by thousands of origami butterflies, is: Inspire Hope. Empower Transformation. We are honoring the work that happens at COTS every day, as we, together, help people create new beginnings and fresh starts. We also will celebrate the opening of our newly renovated program and housing facility at 95 North Avenue. Register today:…

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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…

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We recently asked our staff to share some of the stories of the people they work with every day — parents, children, and individuals facing the crisis of homelessness in our community. These stories are the reasons we will walk at at the COTS Walk on May 1st. Please join us: Register today. … For the single mom who called crying … She had good news to share on housing and…

Categories: Children, COTS Shelters, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Housing
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Two students — one in elementary school and one in college — teamed up with COTS to create a video Web series about the 2016 COTS Walk, and we could not be more grateful! Please meet our COTS Walk 2016 Ambassador, Ellie LaMontagne! Ellie, 11, stars in the six video shorts. She is a longtime COTS Walker and a sixth-grader at Christ the King School in Burlington. (Ellie previously starred as…

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It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to meet the Puppets at the Puppet Show tonight!   While the children in shelter (and many of our younger staff) aren’t old enough to remember the original “Muppet Show,” we can still relate to the hours spent as children with imaginary play, creating courageous heroes and vile villains. Now, thanks to the generous support of…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Community Partner, COTS Shelters, Donations, Education, Events, Families
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Are you ready to “Book it to the Walk“? Register today! And, invite your friends and family to join you: www.classy.org/cotswalk2016. The COTS Walk is our largest event each year to raise funding to support services and increase understanding about homelessness. Our fundraising goal this year: $200,000! Through the support of our sponsors, all the money raised by walkers goes directly to services. This year’s COTS Walk theme centers around…

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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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By Becky Holt From The Burlington Free Press, Dec. 20, 2015 Sometimes a question sticks with you long after it’s been asked. The seemingly most innocent ones often have the deepest meanings and stay with us the longest. Virginia O’Hanlon’s question — “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?” — to a newspaper editor more than a century ago is one we ask ourselves today. Do we…

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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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We would like to say thank you to two of our most dedicated volunteers and board members, including our longest-serving board member, ever: Joyce Hagan and Mike New. Joyce Hagan served on the COTS Board from 1996-2002, and again from 2005 until retiring from the Board today. In that time, she has been Chair of the COTS Board, volunteered on just about every board committee, including her incredible help on…

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