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Time to lose a little sleep over our homeless teens

Mark Redmond had been trying – and failing – to get some sleep since ten-thirty at night. He was on the front lawn of the Unitarian Church at the north end of Burlington, Vermont’s Church Street, curled up in his sleeping bag against the March cold, a flattened cardboard carton between him and the snow. […]

Shining the light on the homeless — one candle at a time

This coming Thursday evening around 5:30, you’ll see a small crowd assembled on the exterior steps of Burlington, Vermont’s City Hall, looking out upon Church Street. Sometimes there are 30 people and sometimes there are 50. It might be snowing, but they’ll still be there. They’ll be holding candles and doing something poignant and powerful […]

Once again, the chance to walk the talk for the homeless

Six months ago, there was a three-year-old girl in the Committee on Temporary Shelter’s Main Street Family Shelter in Burlington, Vermont who wasn’t talking. She wasn’t speaking. “She was so shy. She wasn’t using words. We were really worried about her language acquisition,” recalled Cassie Paulsen, 28, the Children’s Education Advocate at COTS. The girl’s […]

Next Sunday, walk a mile in COTS’ shoes

Imagine you’re eighteen years old and beginning your freshman year of college in northern Vermont. You’re from a small town on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and this is your first time away from home. Your parents divorced when you were six, and your mom remarried. Your father moved to Vermont and you saw him less and […]

Beauty pageant contestant walks the talk for the homeless shelter

Someday a Vermonter is going to be crowned Miss America. And someday Paris Hilton is going to be governor of California, Lindsay Lohan is going to play Lady Macbeth, and Snooki Polizzi is going to be paid more than Toni Morrison to speak at Rutgers. Okay, my bad on the snarky sarcasm. This spring Rutgers […]

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