Posts Tagged ‘homeless prevention’

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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The COTS Walk is almost here! There is still time to register — and walk-ins are absolutely welcome. (Walk donations appreciated, too.) Check in for the Walk begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Battery Park in Burlington. The 3-mile Walk kicks off at 2 p.m., winding around downtown Burlington before returning to Battery Park for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. New this year, we have a special awareness project with Gardener’s…

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Having signed up for the COTS Walk, or any event where fundraising is necessary, getting pledges to flow in can be intimidating.  Not everyone is the best at going around to friends, or even strangers, and getting them to donate for nothing in return. The New York Times Sunday Review had an interesting Op-Ed this past weekend by Arthur C. Brooks on the many benefits of fundraising to the fundraiser personally: “Charitable giving improves…

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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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Thank you to all our COTS friends (old and new) who helped make our 30th Anniversary Gala so much fun! It was clear from the start that attendees enjoyed seeing familiar faces during the cocktail hour hosted by Presenting Sponsor REMN.  Many were flowing from cluster to cluster sharing memories and their personal connections with COTS. After cocktails, it was the dinner hour.  And similar to special occasions at home, co-hosts Chris Bohjalian and Stephen…

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Seven Days: What the Rates Tell Us About Vermont’s Motel Spending: Shelters and motels aside, (COTS Executive Director) Rita Markley ultimately believes state funding is best used preventing a family or individual from losing housing in the first place — a refrain that’s become common in the motel spending debate. She points to a program that COTS ran last year that stopped 233 evictions. “That was 233 households who could have…

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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…

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In 2008, COTS launched the Housing Resource Center in an effort to prevent homelessness from overtaking struggling households.  The main purpose of the HRC is to help prevent at-risk households from losing their existing housing due to unforeseen circumstances and to allow those who are without permanent shelter to move more rapidly into stable housing. In our outreach, the top reason for becoming at-risk of losing housing between July 2009 and June 2012 were…

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Yesterday our Executive Director, Rita Markley, was excited to announce that a community partnership with the First United Methodist Church has resulted in a temporary space for sheltering homeless adults in the Burlington area through the end of March.  The church is offering their parsonage on Buell Street for the coming winter. Recently, Rita’s been running against the clock to secure a relocated Daystation shelter before the winter chill arrived….

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