“Donna Mae” Baukat is Executive Director of Community Compassion Outreach, Inc. (CCO). CCO advocates for the Homeless in Durango, La Plata County, Southwest Colorado.
After leaving Southern California and retiring in the Animas Valley in late 2013, Donna Mae and her husband, Stephen Baukat, adjusted to the higher elevations of southwest Colorado.
By the Fall of 2016, the Baukats joined Durango Christian Church. They soon found themselves helping the director of the church’ Homeless Outreach Ministry, distributing clothing at Manna Soup Kitchen. As of January 2018, Donna Mae was appointed administrator of the church.
Baukat’s highest priority since late August 2017 is advocating a tiny home village for people in poverty and homelessness. Researching homelessness and poverty has awakened an urgency for Donna Mae’s push to get structural engineering evaluations of an emergency shelter.
The HUMANITARIAN HOUSE INTERNATIONAL, a Non-Profit based in Denver, presented her the HHI PVC Tube & Insulated Panel shelter as an option to tiny homes currently built in homeless villages.
An engineering design report is expected on April 24 at a presentation by students of the Engineering Design & Practice junior class, under their tutelage of Don May, P.E., PhD., professor of Engineering at FORT LEWIS COLLEGE in Durango.
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