Campus of Change

Ending Homelessness in the Fox Valley

About

1998:

COTS Founded Men’s Program

by the late Father Orville Janssen to assist single men

2010:

Single Mothers with Young Children Program

Added for moms addressing ongoing issues of unemployment and instability for their children. Most of the mothers in our program are referred to COTS from local domestic abuse havens.

2014:

Veterans Program

Focus is on meeting needs of local veterans. Veterans are housed in the same building as our young adults—an environment for healing as well as more intensive case management. This creates an “each one, teach one” with fellow veterans and provides opportunities to lead youth by example.

 

2018:

Monroe House

Provides “next step” transition for residents who succeed in the basic program, yet still face multiple barriers to housing. Located on Monroe Street on the Sacred Heart campus.

2005:

Single Women’s Program Added

2012:

Young Adult’s Program & Formal Aftercare Program for All Residents

Created for youth aging out of foster care and other juvenile systems who are experiencing homelessness. COTS is the only shelter in the area with a directed program for young adults (ages 18-24). Program focus is appropriate role modeling, personal accountability, and leadership development.

2016:

Launched Onsite Health Clinic 

in collaboration with Partnership Community Health Center, providing 2-day a week physical and dental care.

2017:

Expanded Health Clinic & Positive Placement Program

Health Clinic now offers behavioral health and AODA Counseling, Positive Placement Program expanded to 3 years to support residents who leave COTS successfully.

 

 

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