Posts Tagged ‘housing’

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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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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Please join us! WHAT: The Coolest Lunch, a benefit for the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) WHEN: Noon-2 p.m. WEDNESDAY (Dec. 16) WEATHER FORECAST: 40 degrees, with partly sunny skies WHY: You can’t beat outdoor dining at the “coolest lunch in town.” COTS supporters, in an effort to raise awareness about being homeless in the cold winter months, will eat lunch outdoors in downtown Burlington and new this year: Winooski,…

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COTS hosted its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Oct. 23 at the First Congregational Church of Burlington. The event is an opportunity to honor the extraordinary contributions by volunteers, community partners and local businesses that support COTS work to end homelessness. The recipients were chosen for their outstanding service and commitment to assist and advocate for our neighbors struggling with homelessness or those who are marginally housed. The honorees for…

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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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The Leahy Leadership Award was created in honor of Sen. Patrick Leahy to acknowledge advocacy and leadership on behalf of those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Today, we are delighted to bestow this high honor on Sheila Crowley, the departing CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  With this award, we recognize her over three-decade long dedication to advocating for, as well as supporting, low-income…

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With more than 1,500 Vermonters without housing on any given night and families with children now making up half of all people in emergency shelters, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen made an announcement at COTS regarding a statewide strategy for ending child and family homelessness in Vermont by 2020. The governor and secretary made the announcement while celebrating a grant of more than a half-million dollars…

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We are thrilled to announce that our longtime volunteer Howard Longway has won a United Way 2014 Building Blocks Award in the “income” category. Howard began volunteering and making in-kind donations to the community at Canal Street Veterans Housing when the program first opened in February 2011. Howard is passionate about assisting veterans in need. His generous support and volunteer service have helped many Canal Street veterans return to financial…

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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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