You can help.


Your gifts support families in reaching their housing, economic, health, education, and career goals as they strive to overcome homelessness and break the cycle of poverty for themselves, their next generation, and beyond. Your gift help to provide:

Basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, diapers, and so much more.
Supportive services such as case management, mobility coaching, and mentorship.
Opportunities and experiences that serve to build social capital.
Resources to support overall family stability.

Your partnership helps families to solve problems and overcome barriers that have impacted their stability and well-being. Your gifts Create Opportunities To Succeed!


other ways to give

By Mail:
COTS Administrative Office
Attn: Fund Development Department
26 Peterboro
Suite 100 
​Detroit, MI 48201

By Phone:
Contact Andrea Thomas

legacy gifts

Legacy Gifts:
Create a legacy gift in your estate plan that supports families in their journey to overcome homelessness and break the cycle of poverty. To help you get started on your plans and legacy, we have partnered with FreeWill. This free, accessible online tool guides you through the process of creating a legally valid will and making a gift to us in 20 minutes or less. Build your legacy today.


Stock Gifts:
Many donors prefer to make gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or exchange traded funds because it can have a large impact on our mission, while maximizing potential tax benefits by avoiding paying tax on capital gains.

If you would like to transfer your appreciated stocks online, you can use our online tool to walk you through the process in 10 minutes or less.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD)

IRA Giving:
Supporters 70.5 or older with a traditional IRA are eligible to make a tax-free donation to COTS directly from their IRAs. These gifts are tax-free, regardless of whether or not you itemize deductions on your tax return. We’ve partnered with a free online tool to make your tax-free donation online, print out the forms you need to complete the gift offline, or learn more about the benefits of giving from your IRA. Learn more about IRA donations, and make your contribution today!

Planned Giving, Workplace Giving, Stocks, or Donor Advised Funds:
For additional information about giving options, contact
Aisha J. Morrell-Ferguson, COTS Chief Development Officer
at or 313-576-0206.

Everyday Ways to Help Families Succeed:
Whether it’s running errands or working out, support families simply by completing your everyday tasks.

  • Amazon: When you shop at Amazon Smile and designate Coalition On Temporary Shelter as your charity, 0.5% of the purchase price of every eligible item you buy will be donated to support the families we serve.
  • Kroger: When you sign up for Kroger’s Community Rewards (via, you’ll earn rewards for COTS every time you shop. (COTS NPO Number: DN349)
  • Facebook: Want to do some good while you’re checking your social media accounts? Create a fundraiser for COTS on Facebook and share it with your friends.
  • *COMING SOON – EBay for Charity Decluttering? If you choose to sell your old – or new – items on ebay for Charity you can select COTS as the beneficiary.​