Committee on the Shelterless

Rating: 4.78 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 900 Hopper Street Petaluma CA 94952 USA

Mission: COTS offers help and hope to homeless persons in Sonoma County by providing safe shelter and housing, helping people develop steady incomes and helping them get back under a roof of their own. We also help homeless families become stable and break the cycle of homelessness by teaching homeless parents to make their children''s needs a high priority and to provide a safe, loving and secure home for their children.
Results: We’ve helped over 15,000 homeless people and have saved hundreds of lives. Many of our program participants have gone on to have fabulous lives!
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2000
Geographic areas served: Northern California
Programs: Center for Homeless Children and their Families: a 35-bed year round emergency shelter for families with children, which provides shelter, food, and intensive assessment /case management services from resource advising staff for up to 60 days.Children's Haven: Located at the Center for Homeless Children and their Families, the Children's Haven program offers licensed day care and other comprehensive services to sheltered children and their parents, including parenting training, counseling and assessment.Church/Synagogue Emergency Shelter Program: Coordinated by COTS staff, up to 20 congregations provide companionship, food and up to 12 additional sleeping spaces to homeless families during the school year.Mary Isaak Center: Year round emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless adults. 100 emergency shelter beds, 30+ transitional housing beds, clinic, case management, work program offered. Provides showers, laundry, message center, telephone, mail and locker services. In addition, counselors and resource advisors provide assistance with employment referrals, training in personal hygiene, housing referrals, counseling, assistance with substance abuse issues, and referrals for health care.Shared and Transitional housing for previously homeless families and singles using 12 residences in Petaluma and Rohnert Park. Provides safe, affordable housing in a mutually supportive, service enriched living environment.The Family Connection provides after shelter support for formerly homeless families.The Petaluma Kitchen provides hot meals every day to needy community members.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

I would offer it in every city in America.

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4 people found this review helpful

I have many clients that have loved ones that have received support from COTS! Thank you for helping individuals and families find housing, employment and supportive services. All are very grateful for the work that you all do in the community!

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

The staff has always been kind, helpful and supportive! Thank you! :)

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

In 2004, I sought out the E.D. of COTS to learn more about this unique comprehensive homeless service organization and completed an administrative internship at COTS in 2005. Since that time, I've continued to learn about COTS' integrative programming and approach and have provided some consultation on Motivational Strategies to front-line staff as needed. Through the State University of New York at Albany School of Social Welfare, I am working with COTS on a project looking at the Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Among Homeless People. Recently, I interviewed many COTS staff persons and wrote an article about COTS programming. COTS is an award-winning homeless service organization, and I am interested in articulating their approach in support of replication and evaluation.

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

the way COTS supports personal development of staff, volunteers, and consultants.

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

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

highly engaged in COTS' service provision.

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

support replication and expansion internationally!

Ways to make it better...

I worked there full-time!

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

funding cuts.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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