Our History

Beginning of COT

2010

The 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

2013

Circles of Transformation (COT)  launched its first site in Dothan, AL  and a new ministry was born.

Developed New Partnerships

2014

COT cultivated a partnership with Think Tank Inc. and received a federal grant from the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Five New Sites Launched

2015

After two years of laying the groundwork, five new COT sites were launched; COT Brewton, COT Eufaula, COT Mobile, COT Phenix City & COT Selma.

Rebranded

2016

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

2018

Katy Wrona was named the new Executive Director of COT.

COT Expands to New State

2019

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

2020

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.