COTS April Newsletter: Planting gardens and slaying monsters

Hops for Homes

Come hop, come dine, come relax and unwind at Hops for Homes, our annual community celebration!

Hops for Homes
5:30-8:30pm
Lagunitas Brewing Company
1280 North McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94953

We’re celebrating our incredible volunteers – and raising money for our Kids First Family Shelter! It’s going to be a fantastic night of rock and soul with Petaluma’s hottest band, The Highway Poets – and if you’re lucky, you’ll take home one of our amazing raffle prizes or silent auction packages. Dinner comes courtesy of Anna B’s Kitchen with dessert by Three Twins Ice Cream and Petaluma Pie Company.

Kids ten and under get in free and every kid is welcome at the Active 20-30 Club’s Kid’s Corner for games and crafts. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. All proceeds support KFFS, so come on out , have a great time, and make a difference in the lives of our kids and families!

See the full list of raffle prizes and auction items here.

Get your tickets now!

Diversion

Linda knows better than anyone that shelter should be a last resort.

That’s because it was her last resort two years ago for five months while she recovered from emergency brain surgery.

Now, she works as a COTS’ Diversion Specialist, helping people avoid the disruption of homelessness and shelter living. “I was treated well when I stayed here,” Linda says. “I got the help I needed, but there’s not much sleeping, not much rest in a shelter. You always feel off balance.”

Learn more about Linda's story

Recovery

Monday nights, a mix of people fill our dining room. Some live in big, comfortable homes and make big, comfortable incomes; some sleep on bunkbeds in our dorm and earn little or nothing.

All of them share the same goals: to remain sober and to live well and honorably, relying on each other and a higher power for support.

The N.A. Group that meets at the Mary Isaak Center is aptly called, “Shelter from the Storm.”

“Hank,” the group’s secretary says the location works for everyone—people like himself who are housed, working, and have years of sobriety under their belts, and people who live at the Mary Isaak Center, dealing with lots of uncertainty.

“We’re all there for the same reason,” Hank says. “And every meeting at the MIC sticks for me. There are always new people to hear from. I get excited by anyone new because it’s one more person to carry the message.”

He tells the people he sponsors to “find something to be grateful for.”

In a homeless shelter?

“I always tell my sponsees, I’ve done time in correctional facilities. Anytime I wake up in a room where I can open the door, that’s a day to be grateful for,” Hank says.

Alcoholics Anonymous also holds meeting at the Mary Isaak Center. We are grateful that the recovery community reaches out to COTS and our clients!


Rachell

“My job,” says Rachell Salyer, “is to help people turn an overwhelming beast into a bunch of tiny monsters that we can slay one at a time.”

The beast: finding and keeping rental housing in this crazy market.

The monsters: low income, troubled credit, low-wage employment, lack of inventory, poor health, crazy competition, high rents, lack of knowledge or time or confidence or childcare or—you name it!

Rachell works at our Laure Reichek Housing Hub in Santa Rosa as a Housing Navigator in one of our Rapid Re-Housing programs—this one, community-funded to provide short-term financial assistance and services to the first and second wave victims of the 2017 fires. Since July 1, she’s helped house 94 people, 27 of them children.  One hundred percent of her participants have remained in their housing after COTS’ rental assistance ended. And she’s well on track to house at least 33 more people by July 1, the target we set with our funders.

How does she do it?

James’ Story

James joined the Marines at 17. “I was mad at everyone,” he says, “and I just wanted to get away.”

He’d lost his father four years earlier. James was himself in intensive care at the time, after having been hit by a drunk driver. He didn’t get to see his dad before he died. “I was in a hospital in Novato and he was in a hospital in San Francisco. I went the bad way after that,” he says.

While in the Marines, James suffered a sexual assault. Admitting victimization in the armed forces isn’t an easy thing today. But it was unthinkable in the 1980s. As a result of the trauma he couldn’t acknowledge, James’ on-the-job performance suffered. He left the service without an honorable discharge–and, therefore, without access to many of the services that could potentially help him.

James’ life after that was a seesaw. He’d muscle through long chapters of stability and prosperity. A jack of all trades, he’s at home in a restaurant kitchen, a hospital, or a construction site, and he did well at all his jobs for a time. But he was also contending with undiagnosed depression and panic and anxiety attacks. Drugs helped, but they also made him homeless several times. “Pretty soon, I’d be out there ripping and roaring in the bushes,” he says. “It was inevitable.”

In his 40s and 50s, he thought he had it licked. He had his own apartment, good jobs, and savings. He saw his mom regularly and helped her out around the house.

But while he was away on a construction site, his mom died. Once again, a parent died without a farewell. James’ sister and best friend died shortly after and James fell apart.

He was camping in the bushes around the Mary Isaak Center, coming in for lunch. “[Shelter Manager] Silvia told me how to get a bed,” James said. But she and James’ Housing Navigator Pamela didn’t let him stay in that bed too long. “I woke up in my bunk one day and they were there, telling me it was time to go to treatment.”

“I went because I knew them and trusted them,” James says. “I also knew that I just didn’t have another run in me.”

After James returned from treatment, Pamela helped him find housing in Petaluma in a house dedicated to homeless veterans. “I see Pam every week. She comes out to the house to check in. It keeps me connected.” Pam helped him connect with a therapist which is proving helpful. He also values the connection he’s made with Annie Nichol, the Petaluma Heath Care Center nurse practitioner headquartered at the Mary Isaak Center.

He’s taken on a leadership role in the local recovery community “which helps a lot. It’s good to be busy and helpful,” he says. Pamela encouraged him to take care of his health, so three days a week, James joins a roomful of women for a kickboxing class. “In a lot of ways, this has been the most powerful part of my recovery,” he says.


Vida Garden Project

Last weekend at Vida Nueva, the Rohnert Park apartment complex where COTS provides supportive services to residents, we had a special event: the sun came out!

Seizing the moment, over a dozen volunteers from Discovery Church in Rohnert Park descended with shovels, gloves, soil and plants to make a special day even better. Together with residents, they planted fresh herbs that will turn home-cooked meals into home-cooked masterpieces.

“The whole area is so beautiful now. It’s a great place for people to enjoy a quiet, peaceful moment, and a great place for our kids to learn about plants,” says COTS’ on-site advocate Melissa Salini.

This is not the church’s first trip to Vida. Volunteers have helped in variety of ways, including providing groceries for families to provide special holiday dinners.

Mike Peterson, who is the church’s Outreach Director, says he and his fellow congregants help all around the city of Rohnert Park, and they bring their kids whenever possible. “It gives them a sense of community,” he says. “It gives them an idea of what living your faith is all about.”

Donate today to help make programs like these possible


March Virtual Coffee with Chuck

I would like to sit down and have a cup of coffee with you to share our progress in serving the homeless, and hear from you about what we could be doing differently or better. Until then, I’d like to share this Virtual Cup of Coffee: my new monthly communique about the business and mission moments of COTS – Committee On The Shelterless. In the Business portion, I will share the nuts and bolts of what we do to serve the homeless – our successes and our challenges. In the Mission Moment, I will share stories about our clients and our wonderful staff who make it all happen. I hope you enjoy learning more about our work – and our vision to end homelessness in Sonoma County – here at COTS.

All my best,
Chuck


Collaboration

As I’m out in the community building relationships, I am often asked “who is COTS collaborating with?” Our business of helping people who experience homelessness is complicated – by regulatory compliance and reporting, competition for funding, and increased community concern. To make a real impact on today’s homelessness crisis, we must collaborate with other homeless providers, government agencies, and community businesses. Why? There are many reasons, but let me share just two.

Self-awareness and expertise– COTS has been serving the homeless in Sonoma County for over thirty years, but new situations and a changing clientele require us to stay nimble and self-aware. A recent emergency situation in our shelter brought to light gaps in our processes. To help us navigate the situation, our experienced staff reached out to another homeless provider who shared their own shelter policies. We were able to use these ideas to review and grow COTS’ programs to better serve our staff and clients. We then created a new position on our staff team to ensure that we have best practice policies and procedures in place across our organization.

Collaborating allows us to learn and grow. Seeing how others do things, especially if it’s in a non-related field or for-profit business, challenges us to emulate or aspire to their best practices, expertise, and capabilities. It can be easy to get trapped in our comfort zone – but looking beyond COTS’ walls forces us to reconsider how we do things and strive to always do better. Collaboration is just good business.

Healthy Meals, Healthy Community

People experiencing homelessness get most of their meals in shelters and soup kitchens. Because of limited financial resources and the availability of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, much of what is served in shelters is low nutrient high calorie, starch, or fatty. Yet good nutrition is critical for the prevention of chronic diseases that many low-income people suffer from – heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes. Undernutrition can also lead to decreased bone mass, impaired wound healing, and reduced cognitive functioning. For many, staying healthy or treating an illness takes a lower priority than staying safe and surviving on the streets.

In Sonoma County, especially, people should never go hungry. At COTS, both our clients and any of our neighbors experiencing hunger are welcome for lunch. We are fortunate to have Chef Derrick Ng on staff, who takes his job of feeding those experiencing homelessness very seriously. Coupled with a community that generously donates fresh produce (and just about everything else) and a corps of dedicated volunteers who chop, sort, julienne and more, COTS is making a difference in the kitchen.

Derrick grew up in Indonesia. He learned to cook watching his mom and others make traditional local cuisines. He moved to the U.S. in 2003 and worked a variety of jobs in the kitchen, finally owning his own restaurant. Derrick says that people eat first with their eyes and that good food makes people happy.

Derrick and his team always have fresh green and fruit salads, a healthy protein entrée, vegetarian side dishes, a hot vegetable soup, and fresh dessert – all made from scratch. His food brings people together, whether homeless or not – and you see and feel it in the dining room. Derrick and his team welcome all donations especially those from your garden.

Thank you Derrick, your wonderful staff, and our amazing team of COTS Kitchen Volunteers for making this all happen.

Don’t forget to follow COTS on Facebook to see our daily menu and updates about our programs, services and success stories!


Until next month,

Chuck Fernandez


Housing Changes Everything

I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Director of Development here at COTS. Since my husband, daughter and I moved to Petaluma last summer, I knew I wanted to immerse myself in the community and make a difference in peoples’ lives at an organization I felt passionate about. I absolutely found the right match at COTS, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to build our network of supporters to further COTS’ mission of ending homelessness in Sonoma County.

I’ve been learning a lot in the last two weeks about our amazing staff, our deep range of programs, and the incredible strength and dedication of our COTS community. There is so much on the horizon here at COTS! I’m happy to share some of our news with you, and can’t wait find new ways of connecting in the months and years to come.

Warmly,

Jamieson Bunn
Director of Development
jbunn@cots.org


Making Housing Permanent

Since the beginning of our fiscal year in July, we’ve helped 153 clients find housing through our Rapid Re-Housing program! March looks like it’s going to be an exciting month, so stay tuned for updates.

But finding housing is of little value unless people have the financial and social resources to keep their housing.

That’s why about half of our program staff members are dedicated to helping people secure housing while the other half provide the support people need to stay housed.

Support can mean many things: rental assistance; job search and training resources; and help with budgeting and personal finance skills, securing child care, or navigating courts and bureaucracies.


Pictured: COTS’ Outreach Specialist Cecily Kagy listens to a COTS client

Outreach and Assistance in Rohnert Park

“I’m meeting people who have been homeless for so long they’ve lost all faith and hope in humanity,” Cecily Kagy says.

“And I get to help them. I love my job.”

Cecily is our newest outreach worker, serving the community of Rohnert Park. Until recently, she worked as a housing navigator at our Mary Isaak Center. Her office there was cramped, but compared to her current working conditions, it was the Taj Mahal.

“I pulled up a sheet of cardboard to sit down next to one gentleman earlier this week. He was under a bush, and I wanted to be able to make eye contact,” Cecily says. She learned that the gentleman was employed fulltime but crippled by a child support obligation that had been set while he was making much more money. In order to pay, he’s been camping for more than a year. Cecily helped him get into a shelter bed and is helping him with a child support modification request.

She keeps boots in her car so that she can muck around creek beds and talk with the people who live on them. She also keeps her dress shoes handy so that she can drop in to local businesses to meet the owners and let them know about her work and how they get in touch with her. “I try to meet at least one or two business people every day.”

Cecily’s position is funded by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, and she serves an area where there are many people in need of help.

How many? Nick Bennett, Rohnert Park’s Environmental Coordinator, estimates that there are over 60 encampments in town—many of them along the city’s fragile water ways—along with numerous people living in vehicles. The Rohnert Park School system reports that there are over 40 homeless children in the city’s schools.

Until recently, Rohnert Park’s only resources to help the homeless while protecting health and safety were the police and a private security firm that patrols the creeks at night. “None of us are social workers,” Nick says. “Cecily comes out here, and she’s disarming and approachable. At the same time, she’s not a pushover. She’s solution oriented, and I watched her build connections with people.”

After only two weeks on the job, Cecily is excited about many things: getting six people safely indoors in shelter, rehab or housing; convincing a group of campers to clean their space and bring it further back from the water (“We’ll get them inside soon,” she says); making a connection with a young pregnant woman who’s tired of living in a soggy tent behind a big box store; helping an elderly brother and sister apply for an open apartment in an affordable housing complex. “All my time at the Mary Isaak Center was well spent because I know how the system works and what the resources are,” she says.


Licensed Social Worker joins our permanent housing team

Starting this week, all the residents in our Integrity Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing programs will now have the opportunity to work with Lynea Seiberlich-Wheeler, our licensed clinical social worker and Director of COTS’ Coordinated Care program. She conducts a clinical assessment with each new client as he or she moves into housing, helping define goals, strengths and barriers. This helps our case managers identify appropriate resources and supports right off the bat.

Many landlords around Petaluma work with us to end homelessness in Sonoma County by making rooms and apartments available to our clients, and we are always looking for more. Thank you, landlords, for your support!

Housing Changes a Teen’s Future

Living in a shelter isn’t easy. Neither is high school. Put the two together, and you have a recipe for misery. Nobody could get Bruno to go to school when he and his family lived at our shelter.

They recently moved into permanent housing with COTS support, and Bruno is back in class! Get ready, SATs!


Daily Menus on Facebook

Nobody should have to live on ramen in order to stay housed. That’s why Mary’s Table at the Mary Isaak Center provides a free lunch to anyone in the community who needs it. We post our menus on Facebook every week day. You can find us at facebook.com/ sonomacountycots. Please help us spread the word about our most delicious and healthy homeless prevention program. Warning: these posts will make you hungry!

Big band offers big help and lots of fun

The Windsor Jazz Ensemble is putting on a benefit concert for COTS on Sunday, April 7th in Healdsburg! Join the band for an afternoon of big band jazz and swing, wine, and delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a raffle featuring fabulous prizes from Mayacama Resort, Mutt Lynch Winery, the Raven Theater, Comstock Winery, Chateau Diana, artists Wendy Brayton and Bill Gittens, Manduka Yoga Mats, and many more!

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. The event will take place at 235 Healdsburg Ave (previously Cafe Lucia) from 4pm-6:30pm. For tickets and more information, please visit jazzforcots.eventbrite.com, or contact Val Pustorino at saxophonegirl426@gmail.com. All proceeds go to COTS. We hope to see you there!


February Virtual Coffee with Chuck

I would like to sit down and have a cup of coffee with you to share our progress in serving the homeless, and hear from you about what we could be doing differently or better. Until then, I’d like to introduce you to a Virtual Cup of Coffee. This is my new monthly communique about the business and mission moments of COTS – Committee On The Shelterless. In the Business portion, I will share the nuts and bolts of what we do to serve the homeless – our successes and our challenges. In the Mission Moment, I will share stories about our clients and our wonderful staff who make it all happen. I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to your feedback.

All my best,
Chuck


Our Business – Homelessness Point in Time Count

At 4:00 am on January 25th, volunteers, homeless guides, and staff from COTS and the County’s Community Development Commission started to assemble in the dining room of COTS’s Mary Isaak Center. It was time for the annual Point in Time count – the one day every January where teams of people are dispatched from eight points around Sonoma County to count the homeless – in cars, tents, parks, on the streets, under bridges, and abandoned buildings. This annual census helps determine how much funding we get from the federal and state government to provide homeless services. It also helps with strategic planning, capacity building, policy making, and advocacy campaigns to end homelessness.

Surveys are also done to gather demographic and other data that will show homeless information by area, gender, race/ethnicity, age, length of time homeless, where they lived prior to becoming homeless, events that led them to become homeless, obstacles to finding a home, health conditions, and much more.

Last year, the count was 2,996 in Sonoma County. The City of Santa Rosa had the most with 1,563 or 52%. Petaluma was 2nd with 285 or 10%. The total county wide count for 2017 was 2,835. Many believe that given what they see on the streets or in encampments, the actual count is higher.

The homeless guides who participated were either currently or formerly homeless. They help the volunteers identify the hard to find areas where people often sleep. On January 25th, I was a volunteer who drove two guides around a designated area to count. I encourage all of you to do this next year. It’s a chance to build a relationship with your guides, get to know them as human beings, understand their story, and to better understand homelessness. The guides I was with were truly wonderful and caring human beings.

Our Community

One of my favorite authors is Peter Block. In his book, Community – The Structure of Belonging, he talks about the importance of community leaders who hold themselves accountable to create a strong and connected community and make a difference. He says that community is about belonging and that belonging is about being a part of something, “a membership where you experience a kind of friendship, hospitality, and conviviality.” He also says that “to belong to a community is to act as creator and co-owner of that community – what I consider mine I will build and nurture.”

A significant part of my role is to build community relationships. Someone once said that “all business is about relationships.” One of the agencies I first met with when I arrived at COTS was Rebuilding Together Petaluma. They reached out to me. I didn’t know who they were or what they did. I quickly found out that they were led by two very capable, caring, and strong community leaders – Jane Hamilton and Victoria O’Riley. They shared what Rebuilding Together Petaluma does, how they serve the community and COTS, and what they needed from me and COTS. They were accountable, took ownership of their community, were making a difference, and were kind, friendly, and hospitable. They created a structure of belonging and membership. I also realized that we at COTS can do a better job of building relationships and being accountable to our communities.

Thank you Jane and Victoria for being accountable and for creating a community of belonging, friendship, and hospitality.


Until next month,

Chuck Fernandez


Are you homeless in Rohnert Park?

Are you homeless and looking for housing? Do you live in Sonoma County?

Fill out an application to see if you qualify for Rapid Re-Housing. After you submit this form, a COTS staff member will be in touch with you via email within a week.

APPLY HERE

Need help? Call (707) 765-6530 (option 1) or visit the Laure Reichek Housing Hub at 575 W. College Avenue in Santa Rosa, M - F 9am - noon.


We can help with

  • Security deposits
  • Case management
  • Housing search and location
  • Rent payments

Calling all landlords!

If you are a landlord and are interested in partnering with us, contact our Housing Team at housing@cots.org or 707-765-6530 x 110.

 

Funding for this program has been provided by the City of Rohnert Park. COTS is a service provider contracting with the city to offer this service to Rohnert Park residents and those homeless in the City of Rohnert Park.


COTS Hour 2018

Join us for the annual COTS Hour, a fundraising breakfast benefiting homeless families, veterans and adults in Sonoma County.

NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018

7:30am Registration | 8:00am – 9:00am Program

New location: the DoubleTree Inn
1 DoubleTree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA

Register below, or call Eileen Morris: 707.765.6530 x128

How many guests (including you) will be in attendance?
If none, please type N/A

Thank you to our COTS Hour Sponsors!


After the fires - one year later

One year after the October 8 fires, our community wakes up to reflection.

It may be coupled with grief, perhaps anger, even frustration. Some of us may feel hopeful and grateful; others of us find ourselves lost in our memories, or perhaps finding ways to avoid them. 

There’s no shaking it: it’s been a hard year. It’s been physically hard, as many of us performed physical, manual labor to clean, sort, and physically care for others. And it’s been emotionally hard, as we pieced together our lives and supported our friends and neighbors to piece together theirs.

Alongside all of you, COTS and our sister agencies throughout Sonoma County, have coordinated resources, raised funds for the long haul, and established new programs to address the community’s expected need. We are slowly learning about the longer-term impacts, with 21,000 people reported to be precariously housed.

Today, I am filled with gratitude for the help you’ve given that has allowed us to double down on our efforts to make this community whole. Because of you, COTS opened the Laure Reichek Housing Hub in Santa Rosa that has, since July, housed 60 individuals. We continue to provide shelter for hundreds of people who need it, and permanent housing for hundreds more families and adults confronted with desperation. More than housing, each person we engage feels heard and supported by people who care. We watch mothers’ faces relax when they step into our offices and are offered a glass of water, a snack, and practical solutions. 

We continue to gather strength from all of you; from your generosity, your patience with each other, and the love you share every single day.

COTS remains a proud partner to our community -- today, tomorrow, and always.

Judy Tuhtan, COTS Board President


Together, we are making strides

Thank you to everyone who came out in July to celebrate and support the opening of the Laure Reichek Housing Hub in Santa Rosa to serve families and individuals impacted by last year's fires. In our first eight weeks of operation, we’ve housed 49 people, providing them with move-in assistance and time-limited rental assistance to give them a chance to get back on their feet.

Thanks to you, we’re ready to help at least 523 more people.

Support for this effort comes from The Tipping Point Community Emergency Relief Fund, the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, the County of Sonoma and many individuals, community groups and businesses.


New CEO Announced

We’re pleased to announce that Chuck Fernandez will join COTS as our new CEO. The former leader of Catholic Charities in Santa Rosa and in the East Bay, Chuck has a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and in providing compassionate, effective assistance to those experiencing homelessness. We can’t wait for you to meet him at The COTS Hour on November 13.

 


Don’t Hurry to your House. Stop by the Hen House!

We all deserve some TLC on a Monday afternoon, so mark your calendars for this Monday and swing by HenHouse Brewing Company. Thank you, Hen House Brewing, for your partnership on this event!

When: Monday, September 24, 2018 from 2pm - 9pm
Where: Hen House Brewing Company, 1333 North McDowell Blvd Petaluma
What: You’ll be supporting COTS while you relax in HenHouse’s light and airy tasting room. Come ready to win big, too. We’ll be raffling off beautiful prizes, including a one-of-a-kind quilt made by the Petaluma Quilters, an intimate tasting event at Balletto Vineyards, and a hand-crafted lamp, made by our staff member Robert Carson.


Dream Dining for COTS

Would you pay $20 for the chance to dine at Petaluma’s tastiest restaurants all year long?  Here's your chance!

Thanks to the folks at Century 21 Bundesen and a plethora of local restaurants, you can buy a raffle ticket for dining packages valued at $2400, $450 and $300.  For a full list of prizes and to find out how to purchase tickets, visit 12nightsofdining.com

We can’t thank the restaurant owners and Century 21 Bundesen enough for their contributions. Bundesen has always been a huge COTS supporter, but this is the firm’s largest effort for us ever.  All of the proceeds from the raffle go to COTS.


Warren and COTS co-founder Laure Reichek at the COTS 30th Birthday party.

Hooray for Warren Theuret!

We say a tough farewell, indeed, to our colleague Warren Theuret, who has kept our many facilities in good repair for over a decade. Nothing was too small or too large a job for Warren. He pulled toy cars out of drains, demolished walls, installed solar panels, pulled weeds, re-wired whole houses, installed bathrooms, deep cleaned, de-cluttered, and delivered on every promise he ever made. His final project before retiring is the ambitious remodel of the Mary Isaak Center second floor, which will soon house the medically fragile.

Special thanks to Warren for being a great colleague to his fellow staff members and an inspiration to our clients. Warren came to COTS in 2005 as a resident, and he mentored many people as they turned their lives around.

Read more about Warren's story.


Rapid Re-Housing

Are you homeless and looking for housing? Do you live in Sonoma County?

Fill out an application to see if you qualify for Rapid Re-Housing. After you submit this form, a COTS staff member will be in touch with you via email within a week.

APPLY HERE

Need help? Call (707) 765-6530 (option 1) or visit the Laure Reichek Housing Hub at 575 W. College Avenue in Santa Rosa, M - F 9am - noon.


We can help with

  • Security deposits
  • Case management
  • Housing search and location
  • Rent payments

Calling all landlords!

If you are a landlord and are interested in partnering with us, contact our Housing Team at housing@cots.org or 707-765-6530 x 110.


Corporate and Foundation Supporters

Photo: Amy's Kitchen donates 1,000 cans of soup to COTS as part of their #NoTurkeyTalkathon in 2016.

We couldn't do our work without the support of generous businesses, large and small, and foundations in our area. They are listed below. To join our growing list, please contact us at 707-765-6530 or email development@cots.org.

Businesses and Corporate

Amy’s Kitchen

Bank of Marin

Basin Street Properties

Bergin Screen

Cal West Rentals

Century 21 Bundesen

Clover Sonoma

Encore Events

Exchange Bank

Fishman Supply

Friedman’s Home Improvement

Gabbert Acoustical

Kaiser Permanente

Lagunitas

Pacific Union Real Estate

Petaluma Health Care District

Petaluma Market

Petaluma Poultry

Poppy Bank

Redwood Credit Union

Reed’s Trailer Sales

Sauced

Sonoma Clean Power

St. Joseph Health

W. Bradley Electric, Inc.

Foundations

Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation

Tipping Point Community

Redwood Credit Union Community Fund

Hazen Family Foundation

Community Foundation Sonoma County

Jonas Family Foundation

Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation

St. Joseph Health - Community Benefit Fund

St. Joseph Health - Community Partnership Fund

George H. Sandy Foundation

Ms. Nancy Shepard

Bear Gulch Foundation

Bethlehem Foundation

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

GreaterGood.org

Harrison Mecham Relief Fund

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Speedway Children's Charities

American River Bank Foundation

Kansha Foundation

TJX Foundation

Heffernan Foundation

In-N-Out Burger Foundation

Pinpoint Foundation

Safeway Foundation

Westamerica Bank

Appleby Foundation

Welfare League of Sonoma County