Posts Tagged ‘veterans’

  This November, COTS is grateful to our community for their generosity and support. Be sure to check these out! TD “Bring Change”: Nov. 1-10, TD branches are collecting change to support COTS’ Canal Street Veterans Housing. (To find the branch nearest you, visit TD’s Bring Change Web site.) TD Bruins Jersey for Veterans: Now through Dec. 6, donate $10 for opportunity to win this official Bruins Jersey signed by the entire…

Categories: Children, Community Partner, Corporate partner, Donations, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homelessness, Veterans
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Listen to the stories of COTS through the people we serve: From the Vermont Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting: Dan Smith, CEO, on Sept. 13, 2017 at Lyndon State College featured the voices of Vermonters, including those served by COTS. Other voices are from those connected with Brattleboro Retreat, Bread Loaf Corporation, Community College of Vermont, Fowler’s R&R Ranch Corporation, Let’s Grow Kids, Lyndon State College, Spectrum Youth & Family Services,…

Categories: Advocacy, Education, Families, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness, Veterans
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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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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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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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The Wilma Rayta Volunteer of the Year Award is given each year in memory of longtime COTS supporter, Wilma Rayta. Wilma is the only person in COTS history to be honored twice with the Volunteer of the Year award for unquestioning commitment and hard work. This honor is one of the most difficult to decide because we have so many generous and dedicated volunteers who make it possible for COTS…

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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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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…

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