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COTS Joins Four Local Nonprofits that received $1.25 million from the Kresge Foundation NextGen Detroit Initiative Designed To Help Break Poverty Cycle

DETROIT, Feb. 28, 2019 – COTS has received $250,000, a portion of $1.25 million in operating grants from the Kresge Foundation as part of Kresge Foundation’s NextGen Initiative. Kresge’s goal was to help accelerate social and economic mobility (SEM) for Detroiters through a two-generation approach. Kresge Foundation describes their NextGen Initiative as “a two-year program consisting of three components: 1) leadership development; 2) development of a community of practice; and 3) the creation of organizational and cohort action plans designed to advance and accelerate SEM using a two-generation, whole-family approach. “

COTS, an organization that offers programs emergency shelter for families, develops affordable housing, and provides permanent supportive housing assistance, will use the grant to continue to work with parents and children through their Passport to Self-Sufficiency™ (PTS). This theory of change serves as the DNA of COTS and involves mobility coaching and mentoring to support families as they set goals in the following areas: family stability, economic mobility, education, career development, and health and well-being. COTS provides the support of PTS through robust partnerships with other organizations, corporations, and individuals and offers the services of the PTS to anyone connected with any of COTS programs. With the grant, this program will continue to transform lives and COTS will be able to develop an evaluation process to measure its success.

“Frontline providers in the human services sector play a critical role in advancing social and economic mobility,” said Joelle Jude-Fontaine, senior program officer for Kresge’s national Human Services program. “Over the next two years, these organizations will have the opportunity to learn from each other and national experts around the country and become a network that collectively works to integrate the delivery of services and supports to improve outcomes for children and families living in Detroit.”

The winners of Kresge’s NextGen Detroit initiative will share the grant for two-year programs. Other winners include: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Matrix Human Services, Starfish Family Services, and Wayne Metro Community Action Agency.

“We are honored to receive and be recognized amongst fellow nonprofits with a passion for supporting and creating sustainable change for Detroit’s most vulnerable population. This helps us continue to be a catalyst for eradicating generational homelessness and poverty,” said Cheryl Johnson, COTS CEO.

About COTS
Founded in 1982, Detroit-based COTS is a private, non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, housing services, and comprehensive support services for homeless families and the at-risk population. COTS’ mission is to alleviate homelessness by providing an array of services which enable people to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing. Through the Passport to Self-Sufficiency™, COTS assists families in reaching their housing, economic, health, education and career goals. COTS also exists to advocate for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness.