Stepping Stones

Posted on Aug 23, 2017 by

Gary worked in construction. Then the housing recession hit and Gary was laid off. Gary got some assistance while he waited for his employer to bounce back, hire him back, he just had to wait for the recession to end. So he waited. And waited.… Read More

A Life of Independence

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 by

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 residential program, the true test of independent living begins. Our Aftercare Program continues to support former COTS residents… Read More

From Homelessness to Homeowner

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 by

Jeremy has been a part of our Aftercare Program since 2014. He recently shared his success on the COTS Facebook page. “I moved into COTS from the Mooring house in Oct. 2013. I had only a bicycle and a temp job that I didn’t like. I… Read More

Growing People

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 by

Residents, volunteers, staff, donors and board members built the men’s facility hoop house in September of 2011 for the COTS community. Audrey Hepburn said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” They banded together, pledged their efforts because they believe in ours. Th… Read More

Campus of Change Update

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 by

COTS held an update to thank donors for their contributions to our Campus of Change campaign that began last year and is putting in place the final updates and repairs. The extent of the makeover is incalculable. Almost every room got a new coat of paint, the… Read More

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


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

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