Beginning of COT
The Alabama West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church (AWFUMC ) launched a task force to respond to the need to serve families in a new way. Fred and Laurel Blackwell were chosen to lead this initiative and were charged with equipping the team in a holistic approach.
First Site Launched
Circles of Transformation (COT) launched its first site in Dothan, AL and a new ministry was born.
Developed New Partnerships
COT cultivated a partnership with Think Tank Inc. and received a federal grant from the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Five New Sites Launched
After two years of laying the groundwork, five new COT sites were launched; COT Brewton, COT Eufaula, COT Mobile, COT Phenix City & COT Selma.
Circles of Transformation was officially renamed Communities of Transformation and we launched our new logo!
Three New Sites Launched
2017 - 2018
COT Evergreen, COT Montgomery & COT Pine Hill held their Taste & See and began their first Awaken Class.
New Executive Director
Katy Wrona was named the new Executive Director of COT.
COT Expands to New State
COT South Walton hosted a Cost of Poverty Experience as a launching event for their COT site in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
COT Goes Virtual
As a response to the pandemic, COT began hosting their meetings via zoom. A virtual Awaken Classes and virtual fundraisers were also offered throughout the year.