Oct. 11, 2012
(802) 540-3084, Ext. 204
BURLINGTON – The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) plans a formal announcement on the Daystation at 11:30 a.m. today (Oct. 11) at 25 Buell St., Burlington. COTS Executive Director Rita Markley will be available to answer questions.
The COTS Daystation, formerly located on the lower level of 179 S. Winooski Ave., was destroyed by a July 4 flood. COTS has continued to operate the program from two relocation sites in the interim.
The Daystation, COTS daytime shelter for single adults for nearly 20 years, is designed to be a low-threshold support system and central space for clients to connect with COTS services and community resources.
Every day, 365 days a year, a nutritious noontime meal – the only free option in downtown Burlington – is served daily in the Daystation. Through the generous support of the community and volunteers, COTS has continued to serve lunch since the flood.
COTS staff regularly assists Daystation guests with employment and housing through support groups as well as in navigating the paperwork. They coordinate educational presentations, health screenings and veterans outreach with the VA. Volunteers provide haircuts. Guests receive mail, email and phone messages.
Last year, the Daystation served 926 individuals. Many guests are veterans, elderly and disabled. Overall, about 95% of clients in this program are extremely low income (30% of median), while 5% are low income (50% of median).