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November 3, 2010

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November 3, 2010

COTS is nothing short of amazing. The staff is very competent across the board. Very caring and also demanding of clients as needed to get them back on their feet. They have innovative "treatments" like Tai Chi, and many programs (Rent right, for one) to help people get on their feet, working, and in suitable affordable housing. John Records is a driving loving force for good. He's brought many Petaluma citizen volunteers on board and donors on board to support COTS financially. I attribute the wonderful Mary Isaac Center's development to John's efforts in the community. Of course, many people contributed. Some formerly homeless people are now on staff making a huge difference in people lives. It's one of the many things that Petaluma can be very proud of.

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I've watched the growth of the staff and the buildings in their endeavors. Years ago, I coached some staff members.

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I can't think of anything that needs changing except the economy!

November 2, 2010

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November 2, 2010

COTS is an exceptional organization is that it provides much more than food and shelter to homeless singles and families. COTS addresses each program participant with loving kindness and services to support practical, emotional and social well-being. Each person is seen as a unique human being capable of moving beyond trauma to the highest expression of who they are. Each person who comes into the program is met with a caring staff person who creates an environment that promotes growth and sobriety. Multiple programs foster personal insight and achievement.

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I see former program participants in their own homes, parenting their children, going to school and working in jobs that can provide financial security and ultimately independence.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would offer it in every city in America.

November 2, 2010

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November 2, 2010

I have been a volunteer for COTS in several capacities over the last 6 years. I stick around because it is always apparent to me that COTS is a well-run and effective organization. My time is put to good use and I always feel appreciated. There are many ways to help and it allows me to take action to help people rather than just write a check, though I am happy doing that too.

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I have been a landlord to COTS graduates for almost 2 years and have been very happy with how well they take care of the house and yard; they have been excellent tenants thanks, in part, to what they learned in COTS Rent Right Program and ongoing support from COTS staff.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the shelter and add more transitional housing

November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

COTS is a wonderful organization that assists the needed with a whole approach rather than piece meal. John Records is an outstanding role model and has such emphathy for all participants.

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working with the Transitional housing participants.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't say I would. They have all bases covered.

November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

I volunteered at the COTS preschool program beginning in Feb. 2006. I admired the dedication of the teacher's and staff. They provided a caring, nurturing, secure and a valuable teaching experience for children from toddlers to grade school. The children flourished in this environment. It was wonderful to see the joy of learning, sharing and character building the children responded to. Both parents and children were fortunate to have been a part of these programs.

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I have spoken to parents that had children in the programs and have heard positive results.

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I would have these programs be to have top priority for funding the children's programs.

November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

Petaluma is lucky to have COTS. COTS does amazing work in a multifaceted way to help teh homeless inour community. I'm proud to be a donor.

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I've known fmailies taht were able to escape homeless with teh help of COTS.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get it more funding

November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

I have always been proud to serve COTS with donations -- food, clothing, furniture, raffle prizes for events -- it is a fabulous group of men and women who really stand behind what they are dong to help our community. They get individuals and families back on their feet and offer respect and admiration in the process. They are such an instrumental part of Petaluma's community spirit!

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I've been present when they are packing up the goods for the Holiday donations. Amazing!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

move them to a new site -- only, they just did and it's phenomenal!

January 30, 2010

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January 30, 2010

COTS is a remarkable organization that I have had the privilege of volunteering for a couple times. I would highly recommend anyone to choose COTS volunteering as a way to give back to the community, and to see an amazing integrated set of services in action. COTS is working to help homeless individuals and families recreate a life filled with hope and possibility. They provide physical shelter, resources, trainings, services and other innovative services (including mindfullness, trauma therapy, life skills) but what's incredibly unique is the human heartfulness that exudes from the organization. It is how they meet each person with full dignity that makes as much difference as all the services they provide.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the executive director who is a driving force behind the organization - John Records is one of the most wise, warm-hearted and skillful leaders I have encountered.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 25, 2010

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January 25, 2010

COTS is the most effective non-profit agency that I have had the opportunity to witness. Through all of its work in supporting individuals who need a "hand up", COTS communicates a respect and unflagging optimism for the capacity of humans. I am grateful that COTS offers not just a bed and meal (though both crucial assets) to those in need, it also uses research-based tools to educate and renew/build positive skills and habits in the areas of parenting, money management, and finding and maintaining a good place to live. The leadership at COTS is visionary and has worked together with staff to create a comprehensive program that has been exported in many different settings. I can't say enough positive about the work of COTS.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the voices and faces of COTS' clients (including children) who have gotten their lives back on track.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality of commitment from everyone involved from the Executive Director - John Records - to all the staff and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

from across a wide gamut of background experiences, but all united with commitment to helping our neighbors get their lives and self-respect back in shape.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its highly-successful program model to other urban and suburban areas of high-need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 19, 2010

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January 19, 2010

COTS really does save lives one person at a time. They understand the issues that create homelessness and cure the problem from the inside out. They run as a top rate business but cure people like a top rate charity. They are the most educated and caring community you can have. Petaluma is fortunate to have COTS part of the local infastructure. They are the most caring and supportive group you can find!

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so many ways. These people are the real deal. They really do turn people's lives around and creat an invironment where people can succeed to the best of there abitities.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them even more staff and a new family center.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How they connect with donors, volunteers and clients alike. It really is a big family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

from every walk of life with a common goal of helping each person who walks through there door!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Stop homlessness for ever!

Ways to make it better...

They had more funds to continue there great work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I LOVE COTS!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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