About COTS

At COTS, our mission is to assist those experiencing homelessness in finding and keeping housing, increasing self-sufficiency, and improving well-being. We envision a community where everyone has a place to call home.

Founded in 1988, COTS was an expression of two local residents’ concern for children and adults who were sleeping outdoors in culverts, dumpsters or other unsafe and unsuitable conditions. Laure Reichek and Mary Isaak raised money from private donors, enlisted the support of the faith community and fraternal organizations, educated the larger community, and monitored sleepovers at temporary shelters throughout the city.

Today COTS has grown to include a variety of temporary shelter and permanent housing programs, services that assist people with their housing goals, and an array of volunteer and community partnerships that help us aid our clients with dignity, care, and inclusivity. Last year, we served more than 1,600 people in our community and provided more than 4,000 meals per month through our kitchen at the Mary Isaak Center. In 2021, we are launching new partnerships to assist those experiencing homelessness to find housing options that fit their needs. Learn more about our work at www.cots.org.

Thanks to our supporters, each year COTS is able to shelter thousands, find permanent housing for 950 people, and prevent homelessness for hundreds more.

Learn more about COTS at cots.org.