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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Scouting

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.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

We have just returned from COTS annual fundraising breakfast where over 600 people from the community came to hear about the important work COTS does to put homeless and vulnerable adults and children back on their feet, in a safe environment, restoring their self-esteem and self-confidence. The results are so positive and so powerful that there isn't a big enough meeting hall in the city to accommodate all the people that want to be part of helping COTS address this critical human need. They come to pledge funds not just for one year or two years, but five years so that COTS can develop longer term plans to help their many clients.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

My friend and her family ended up at COTS a number of years ago. They were helped with shelter at first, education and eventually with food assistance when they were out of the shelter. Many people in Petaluma have used a COTS program or volunteered at COTS. They are a staple in our community. I give what I can to COTS now and feel confident that the money and supplies that I give are well used.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are fortunate to have so many fine organizations and individuals doing such great work in our community. COTS is especially deserving of our attention because it works, and addresses needs at the most fundamental levels. In this New Year, I would encourage everyone to take a moment and check out some of their fine programs and consider suppoorting COTS.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My experience is as a donor and fundraiser. My enthusiasm the work increases continually along with my admiration for the organization and its mission. COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) aids and trains derailed individuals/families in the economic basics and life skills necessary to stabilize into self sufficient lives. The staff and volunteers of this organization truly have "linebacker eyes and Peace Corps hearts." They perform the mission with impeccable efficiency and accountatility to donors and stakeholders.