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COTS Project

AAUW Petaluma has emphasized the importance of education for the clients of the homeless shelter, COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) in multiple ways. In January 2010 our branch worked on the renovation of a COTS transition house, arranging the installation of overhead lighting in the family room, living room,and four bedrooms, as well as adding computers, desks, lighting, beds, etc. We succeeded in preparing this "education" house which promotes studying for its eight tenants attending the local junior college.

The following January our branch outfitted a local apartment for several homeless veterans. The remaining dollars were used to establish a "COTS/AAUW Education Fund" enabling COTS staff to oversee a Scholarship Program for the homeless.

AAUW members, family and friends continue to contribute into this fund so that clients can now pay for their G.E.D. testing, which costs $150 each; pay for bus passes to the local junior colleges; cover the cost of uniforms, etc., required for certificate training classes. The staff report that the clients are thrilled to learn that this Scholarship Fund exists to help them achieve their education goals.

Donations are welcomed 365 days a year. If you'd like to join us in making a difference in our community, please make your checks payable to: "COTS/AAUW Education Fund", P.O. Box 2744, Petaluma, CA 94953-2744. It's always a pleasure to know the success stories of the COTS clients are a result of this fund.


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