Tag Archives: Women’s Program


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

Finding Success

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 by

Written by a former COTS resident who is currently in our Aftercare Program I was incredibly deep in heroin addiction. After starting drug court, I was ordered to have a drug and alcohol assessment. After my assessment was completed, the judge and my Probation Agent… Read More

Becoming Self-Sufficient

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 by

COTS resident furthers her life while giving back “I heard there was a lot of help here,” says Eleanor of her decision to apply to COTS. Eleanor heard about COTS while living in Appleton, but didn’t apply until it was time for her release from… Read More

“I’m Actually Doing This!”

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 by

Future paralegal gets her life on track “I was kind of stuck,” Beth explains of her reasons for coming to COTS. Beth spent the last 12 years of her life caring for her parents while working. When her father became sick two years ago, her… Read More

The Ingredients of Success

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 by

Cooking class of COTS reveals inner strength of residents  “I’d been wanting to do volunteering, but I didn’t know what to do,” explains Mary Kay Maigatter, COTS volunteer. She knew that she wanted to do something hands-on, but didn’t know where to start. At a… Read More

A Purpose-Filled Life

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 by

Written by a resident of COTS’ Women’s Program I came to live at COTS after being in treatment for my alcoholism.  I knew that I couldn’t return to my old surroundings, so I made the decision to separate myself from my grown children and recreate… Read More

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