Our History

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.

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