Our Aftercare Program is a critical part of allowing us to achieve our mission of “Ending Homelessness in the Fox Valley.” Once residents move out of our transitional living facilities, the true test of independent living begins. On average, 90% or more of our former residents in our Aftercare Program maintain safe, stable, and independent housing—which is the ultimate goal of all COTS programming. The Aftercare Program help us achieve our mission, it also benefits the community as a whole by reducing homeless recidivism. Residents leaving COTS pass on lessons learned to their children, preventing a future generation of individuals experiencing homelessness.
Aftercare works to continue the support that residents receive while they are at COTS after they move into their own home. The Aftercare Coordinator works with former residents to “teach them to fish” so that they can continue to be a part of their own solution. Aftercare, just like our residential programs, connects participants to resources in the community so that they can create a network of support. We use a holistic approach to ensure that they maintain their independence and self-sufficiency.