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Tools for Academic Success Update

Posted on May 23, 2017 by

Our Spring Appeal has been out for just over a month and the response has been wonderful! On behalf of the whole COTS community thank you so much for the generous outpouring of support for our endeavors!This year’s campaign, Tools for Academic Success, is asking you to help… Read More

Perseverance

Posted on May 23, 2017 by

The following was written by a current resident of our Women’s Program, who is a student at Fox Valley Technical College working toward her paralegal degree. She continues to work while in school. I was in an abusive situation with family, got tossed out and… Read More

Surviving to Thriving

Posted on May 8, 2017 by

When Laura finally escaped the confines of the abusive environment she lived in, she began the process of taking her life and identity back. This is where the community and organizations like Harbor House and COTS were able to help. At COTS, Laura reignited her life’s… Read More

Garnish and Serve

Posted on May 8, 2017 by

The remodel of the kitchen in the women’s facility is completed! At the end of 2016 we outlined our desire to repair the heart of the home for our Women’s facility and now we can happily tell you that that heart is at full strength… Read More

Tech Support

Posted on May 8, 2017 by

Jeremy didn’t think he could go to college. He’s struggled with mental health barriers and addiction throughout his life, but after coming to COTS he saw an opportunity and enrolled at Fox Valley Technical College to earn a IT/Computer Support Associate’s degree. Today Jeremy is… Read More

Kitchen Magicians

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 by

As Virginia Woolf said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”  This month residents shared the kitchen with volunteers and longtime friends of COTS Lynn Van Zeeland & Mary Harp-Jirschele, during our Turkey Cook Off. This event engaged… Read More

Investing in Faith

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 by

Speaking with Rory is a delight. It’s easy to see him as a natural leader and secure confidant. However, this wasn’t always the case. Before COTS Rory describes a different life. “I lived off negativity. I was in between jobs a lot and drinking was… Read More

Help for the Homeless

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 by

91.9/91.5 The Family’s “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive is currently collecting new personal care and cleaning products for  area crisis agencies, including COTS, so that we can dedicate our limited financial resources to providing qualified personnel, safe housing, nutritious food, education, and case management… Read More

Learning to be a Dad and Role Model

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 by

Ben started using heroin for the first time when he was 16 years old. For much of his life, he’s struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and spent most of his 20’s in and out of jail. After completing treatment last year, he came to… Read More

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