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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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Many years ago, i worked at COTS in the child-care program. It provided a standard that i tend to hold all other non-profits to. They had a comprehensive approach to children and their families that is hard to match. Northern Cal. is fortunate to have this resource so handy.

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

I saw children's lives improved

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

figure a way to duplicate in other midsize communities

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have not only seen and been impressed with the actual operations of COTS, but I've personally known people who have been residents of their shelters and have heard first hand from them about how awesome this organization is. What's special about COTS is that they do far more than give out fish, they teach people to fish. They help to educate, support and encourage people so when they leave this shelter, they have a better chance for success at leaving homelessness forever.

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

...amazing! No doubt they truly have a heart for what they do and are passionate about the people they are helping.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Petaluma is very fortunate to have COTS - Committee on the Shelterless in our community. My family and I have been volunteers for many years and helped raise money and awareness. From the adults to the children that are encouraged, comforted, and given hope, I am proud to be a part of this organization as a volunteer and donor. Individuals are given an opportunity to succeed and build a future for themselves. Thank you to John Records and his staff and board for the contributions to our community. I am currently involved in developing a template COTS transitional education home in Petaluma for 8 single adults. This is the year long signature community project for AAUW which I am a board member of.

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

listening to the clients tell their success stories.

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

the smiles on the clients faces when we arrived with crockpots and cookbooks for their kitchen.

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

honest, listened and tirelessly gave back.

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

Put a lot of good people back on their feet and with successful futures.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

An organization that embraces integrity to a level far and above. Everyone who comes in contact with COTS knows that their commitment to quality service is best served by well working systems both inside and out of the organization. Every aspect of COTS is a class act. They are THE model I point to when talking to others involved in direct service work!

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

doing county capacity building

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

insist they give me a job - LOL

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

their absolute commitment to continuous improvement processes

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

exceptional

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

do exactly what it does now but in a larger geography

Ways to make it better...

met them 10 years ago

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

solving bigger problems because they will be the one picked to handle them

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

rock on Roger and John

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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