Posts Tagged ‘Housing Resource Center’

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 COTS Walk was founded by two amazing volunteers, Lucy Samara and Gail Anderson. The first Walk kicked off in 1990 – and has been a spring tradition in our community for now 25 years.  At COTS Annual Meeting in the fall, an award recognizing tremendous service to the COTS Walk is given in Lucy and Gail’s names. We are incredibly grateful to the many volunteers, walkers and sponsors who have…

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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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On Tuesday, April 8, Mayor Miro Weinberger honored AmeriCorps and other service members and highlighted the value of their national service to the Burlington community during a Mayor’s Office event.  Weinberger joined more than 800 mayors from around the nation offering similar recognition of their cities’ service members during the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide, bipartisan effort to: Recognize the positive impact of national service on…

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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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