Our Vision: End homelessness in Sonoma County.

Our Mission: Assist people to transition from homelessness to a permanent home.

Similar to ending life-threatening disease, or significant worldwide problems like famine, we believe that there is a solution to homelessness that can be realized in our lifetime. At its core, homelessness is about not having a safe, stable, and permanent home. If not having a home creates homelessness, the solution to homelessness is to support people to find and keep housing.

We endeavor to not confuse an adult, family or childhood crisis of homelessness with that individuals’ poverty, mental illness, health challenges, substance use, or personal choice. We endeavor to serve everyone who comes to us with a housing crisis – and to do so quickly, expertly, compassionately and without judgement.

Our work takes place in three spheres:

  • Housing: We provide temporary shelter and resources to find and keep for permanent housing.
  • Services: We provide services that assist people with their housing goals.
  • Community: We extend our work into the community in the form of volunteerism, collaboration, and participation in the local and national conversation around ending homelessness.

A critical component of COTS’ long-term success is its reliance on a core set of values that guide the work of staff and Board of Directors, and provide the foundation for all decision-making. They are:

  • Integrity: We follow through on our commitments.
  • Results: We work to achieve personal and organizational goals.
  • Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable for success – as an organization, in our role, and with our clients.
  • Respect: We celebrate our clients and colleagues.

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