Introducing Work: Ready Apparel!

Laurie Cameron of Wake Up Enterprises donating blood
Laurie Cameron of Wake Up Enterprises donating blood

Below is a communication we received from Mike Johnson, CEO of COTS.  On February 11, we gave a cash donation to COTS for $300 that came from our shirt sales. Thanks goes to Zephyr Pacific Sportswear and all who purchased the shirts and wearing them with pride.  Thanks to Laurie Cameron for submitting her photo doing something positive in Petaluma wearing our shirt.  She is a with Wake Up! Enterprises.




Dear Friends,

This January, Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) opened the doors of Work: Ready Apparel, a boutique clothing store where COTS Work: Ready clients can find suitable interview and work clothing — for free! A polished and good-quality work outfit is essential to the dignity of those who want to work, and need to work, in order to achieve their dream of moving into a home of their own.

Before Work Ready Apparel

How can you help? We have a growing wish list for volunteer positions and in-kind items — especially gift cards that can be used to purchase items that cannot be worn second-hand.

And, of course, a financial gift to COTS always makes a big difference.

Like many of COTS’ programs, Work: Ready Apparel has been a labor of love. The prime retail location, clothing donations, furniture, wall decor, paint and spackle, have all been donations from companies, service groups, and individuals. Dedicated volunteers have given merchandising expertise, hand pressed clothing, painted walls, mended small holes in clothing, and replaced countless buttons. We are so grateful for your support.

Thank you for embracing Work: Ready Apparel as part of our community!

With gratitude,

Mike Johnson, CEO

Jenna Garcia, Work: Ready Program Manager


NEW: Special Limited Edition Positively Petaluma Shirts – Only $5.00 With $1.00 Going to COTS

Positively Petaluma Shirt

You asked for it – you got it!  Many of our followers have asked for Positively Petaluma t-shirts.  Well, here you go.

These limited-edition Positively Petaluma shirts portray our history with landmarks of our great city. It can be yours for as little as $5.00. A dollar from each sale will be donated to COTS. We would like to thank Scott Dennison owner of Zephyr Pacific Sportswear for sharing our passion to spread good news about our community and making them available to you at his cost.

  • Perfect gift for the holidays?
  • Stocking stuffer for your favorite Petaluma friend?
  • Take it to the gym and do a few reps in one?
  • Sport one while drinking a gnarly grog at your favorite bar?
  • Wear it to one of your favorite Petaluma parades or events?
  • Sleep shirt so you can count chickens and have sweet Petaluma dreams?

Purchase as many as you like. This may be the best way to help spread positive news about Petaluma while giving a little back to our community. Get one soon because there is a limited supply and we are only offering them through January 31, 2015.

How to get one?  While you are out running errands, stop by Zephyr Sportswear at 210 F Street in Petaluma (on the Boulevard next to Pinky’s Pizza) and pick them up.  Other colors may be available. Their phone number is (707) 769-1000 or cell number is (707) 484-1785.

Zephyr Pacific Sportswear
Zephyr Pacific Sportswear

Take a selfie or photo of yourself (appropriate for all audiences) wearing this shirt at a Petaluma event or in front of your favorite Petaluma spot and we will post them in our social media feeds.  Just email your photo to [email protected].


Glen Weaver of #Petaluma COTS wins Jefferson Award

Weaver Gives Gift of Reading to Sonoma County Families

Video and Headlines

Click here to see the CBS entire story.

The Sonoma Index-Tribune also reports Free Bookmobile founder receives Jefferson Award

A bio of Glen can be found on the Public Library Foundation board

Enjoy this video from CBS, Sharon Chin reporter.