March COTS’ Collective.

We hope this COTS Collective edition finds you well and filled with warmth knowing you are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Today, we want to share the remarkable impact of our winter Warming Center program operating at the Mary Isaak Center shelter.

While Winter in Northern California is often referred to as “mild,” being unsheltered during 40-degree nights with biting wind and heavy rain could hardly be described as “mild.” As one of the few providers in Sonoma County operating a warming center during the winter months, COTS experienced an influx of community members requiring shelter during our coldest nights.

This year, COTS served 123 individuals in our Warming Center program, offering a safe and warm sanctuary for overnight relief during the coldest months of the year. COTS also worked with these individuals to ensure everyone received an opportunity to apply for additional supportive services beyond the Warming Center, including ongoing shelter, housing search support, hot meals, and referrals to community resources.

The COTS Warming Center goes beyond providing shelter from the cold—we provide a lifeline for individuals experiencing homelessness, offering a community that cares. A community where individuals are seen, heard, and valued. COTS is a place where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

Through your support, COTS was able to expand our services this year, providing shelter and services at our Warming Center to more people than in any previous year. Access to warm overnight shelter prevents illness and serves as a crucial bridge to other supportive services—saving lives and improving Sonoma County for everyone.

We are all filled with gratitude for your ongoing support of our mission. Your generosity and compassion make this possible. Together, we are changing lives.



A few weeks ago, we shared a special note regarding the abrupt closure of Social Advocates for Youth (SAY.) Along with other community providers, COTS has continued to work alongside youth who were previously served by SAY. Our organization is humbled to have the opportunity to serve these youth, ensuring they receive needed housing support and ongoing services during this difficult community transition.

As our cherished supporters, COTS wants to assure you that we are in a strong financial position. Our commitment to transparency and accountability has enabled us to effectively steward the resources and investments you entrust to us.

Your contributions have enabled us to expand our reach and empower the community in new and exciting ways. As we look to the future, COTS remains steadfast in our dedication to fiscal responsibility and program excellence. Your continued support is crucial as we work towards our shared vision of a community where everyone has a place to call home.


Thank you for believing in us and standing by our side.

Until Next Time,

Chris Cabral, CEO

Thanks to Redwood Credit Union, Bill Gabbert, and Gene and Suzanne Valla, COTS has been challenged to raise $30,000 during Hops for Homes!

If we successfully meet our goal, they will DOUBLE the amount, doubling your impact!

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