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November 20, 2010
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November 20, 2010
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I have volunteered for years and met so many great individuals and families at COTS who were grateful for all the love, support and encouragement received from the COTS staff and thousands of volunteers. Yes, you have to really want to improve yourself at COTS and work hard...sacrifice to be there and be loving and accepting of others less fortunate than yourself...nothing is perfect...but by far and away this is an incredible and beautiful group of people functioning as a family moving forward in their lives.

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

Watching our young family grow and thrive through The Family Connection Program has been wonderful.

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

If I had to make changes I would wish for more funding for additional room for families and individuals needing shelter.

November 19, 2010

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November 19, 2010

From the time I moved to Petaluma in 1991, I became aware of COTS through newspaper articles and fundraising drives in town. I was impressed with the fact that a homeless services agency could build such strong support in every layer of the community, from the police and fire departments, to the City Council and staff, to the broad spectrum of citizens in our community. COTS is a very well-run organization that serves the people it touches with respect and support. The success stories that COTS has to share demonstrate that their programs and methods really make a difference in helping people rebuild and heal their lives. I consider COTS to be one of the core reasons that Petaluma is such a special place to live.

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

my community as I see and hear the people that COTS has helped get back on track with their lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change anything. The COTS organization has great leadership and an outstanding, caring staff. Funding is always a concern, especially in this economic climate, but Petaluma cares about and supports the work of COTS, and has really come through in these difficult times.

January 9, 2010

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January 9, 2010

My wife brought me to COTS. She said it is the most helpful, meaningful organization in town. She introduced me to the executive director, John Records. In a short time I began to get the feel of COTS. My training and degrees have been in the area of ecumenical theology, working to help Christian communities work together and get together for the good of society. The more I got to know COTS, the more I realized that they are doing in our community what all the Christian churches are constantly being challenged to do and be through the Gospel, but have not been able to do because of their dividedness. No church group in our community has been able to reflect Matthew 25 in our community the way COTS has. I'm so happy that COTS is around, very alive and well. And I'm honored to serve on its Board.

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

meeting many of those that COTS has helped to rebuild their lives, and many of the kind, compassionate Petalumans who regularly volunteer, or support or donate to make COTS what it has become.

Ways to make it better...

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

help make plans to spread COTS wholistic approach to rebuild lives who were down and almost out by integrating nourishing, clothing, educating, counseling,finding job opportunities, and providing training in finances and social skills.

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

being a part of it.

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

humble, singleminded, and incredibly compassionate.

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

use it to serve the homeless in our town and in many ofthe very needy in northern California.

Ways to make it better...

I could see more of the local church communities and synagogue actively participating in the work of COTS rebuilding the homeless and battered in our town one day at a time, onme act of helpfulness at a time.

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

finding the finances to continue and grow, and discovering and fostering the leadership talent to continue to lead COTS into the future.

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

it would be a great investment. The prophets of Israel maintained that the greatness of a society is measuted by the way they care for the very least among them: the indigent, the infirmed, the homeless and those with little hope. COTS does this very well

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 8, 2010

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January 8, 2010

Having worked most of my life as a business executive, was surprised to find COTS. Run like a business, but changes people's life one day at a time. Many of the clients tearfully thank COTS for being there for them. The passion of the volunteers, staff is like nothing I ever saw in the business world. There is no better leader for this organization than John Records. I am proud to have been a volunteer for over two years with COTS and look forward as a recent board member to more involvement.

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

being a mentor in rent-right for six ten week sessions in a row. when the group graduates there is no better feeling in the world to see how much COTS means to them.

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

to actually see people's lifes being changed right before my eyes.

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

for over two years I have only seen staff and volunteers with a passion for their work

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

the key is how the organization keeps programs going without having ten million bucks.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 8, 2010

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January 8, 2010

COTS does an excellent job in helping homeless individuals and families to get back on their feet and being back as a productive part of the society. A lot of thought and planning go into the programs to help the clients get to a better place. I am a donor, volunteer, and Board Member...Have been involved in one way or another since 1994..

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

Passionate about COTS and the clients..

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

provide ongoing programs with less stress of funding requirements

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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