On Monday, a ceremonial ribbon cutting took place at the new home for The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) at 95 North Avenue.
A large crowed gathered in the fully renovated COTS Daystation that servers up a hot meal at lunch 365 days a year. During the 2016 calendar year, 570 people visited.
Guests of Monday’s ceremony were given a tour of the 21,620 square foot complex that will house the COTS Daystation, COTS Housings Resource Center, family and adult services, and 14 affordable housing units.
The total cost of renovations amounts to 8.17 million dollars, of that 2.3 million dollars came from private donors.
“This is the place where those who have given up or lost their way will begin to take the first steps back to the world. Back to housing, back to family, recovery,” said Executive Director Rita Markley with COTS.
Those in attendance today included Governor Phil Scott, Mayor Miro Weinberger, and Congressman Peter Welch.