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Committee on the Shelterless

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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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..