Village of Hope in La Plata County for those who cannot access affordable housing


CCO, Inc., advocates for affordable and available housing to serve those who cannot access affordable housing in La Plata County:

  • Persons in homelessness
  • Households paying over 30% of income on rent
  • Persons with barriers that prevent entry in a shelter or is disqualified for Housing Vouchers
  • Unaccompanied Youth Ages 18-25

Persons agreeing to rental agreement, rules and regulations should prove length of homelessness.

Small House designed for persons in poverty and homelessness will be asvailable as soon as we identify a location for the first Phase One

Phase One

Ten (10) units of the HHi Structural Insulated Panels is planned for the first Village of Hope for people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

CCO reached a Milestone in May 2018 with a dignified insulated lockable safe Small House for people in homelessness and poverty. The Humanitarian House International (HHi) NonProfit in Denver, CO, redesigned an experimental HHi House of PVC Tubing — assessed by the Engineering Design and Practice ENGR 315 during 2018 Spring Semester. Students were under the tutelage of Dr. Don May, Professor of Engineering at Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO.

A Final Report was submitted on April 30th to CCO and HHi as agreed in an agreement to collaborate with Fort Lewis College. The Collaboration shared specific responsibilities according to the November 2017 agreement.

  • CCO provided students with criteria and specific goals;
  • HHi supplied technical assistance and materials according to the architect’s specifications; and,
  • FLC performed accountability of materials, assembled the components, conducted tests, and disassembled the unit to determine the structure’s weight.

In lieu of ordinary frames used in conventional construction, Big Sky R-Control will provide Structural Insulated Panels in a kit with hardware to Ohlson’s specifications.

High Country Homes Builder to manage onsite construction with a training program

CCO’s friends and volunteers, with the help of an experienced and licensed crew at High Country Homes owned and operated by Rick Huber.

Rick has trained individuals in home building and repairs, with a specialty in building self-esteem and personal relationships. CCO is grateful that Rick will be providing our volunteers and friends assistance in the assembly stages of the HHi SIPs small house.

Contact “Donna Mae” Baukat for further information.

Sponsor the cost of a small house

If you would like to sponsor the cost to build one or more small houses, please contact us.

We’re looking for five acres for our Village of Hope

Somewhere in La Plata County, within ten miles from the City of Durango, five acres are waiting for a village for sustainable living. CCO Board of Directors and volunteers identified an unmet need for small houses with great insulation and heating.

We solve panhandling by getting them off the street and into a house where they begin to live as normally as people with a home or apartment.

Who can stop the flow of Homelessness in our region? Community Compassion Outreach is starting with small houses in villages of 10, 20, and 40 units with running water, power and sewage. Five acres will help make this possible.

CCO is a Colorado NonProfit Seeking Tax Exempt Status

On March 29, 2018, Durango Christian Church applied and registered Community Compassion Outreach as a Colorado NonProfit. Currently, we are seeking Tax Exempt Status to qualify as a 501(c)(3) Faith-base Organization.

Tax Deductible donations should be made payable to (link will take you to DCC online giving for CCO): DCC/CCO

Activities of CCO, the NonProfit

CCO Mission Statement is to assist individuals and families to survive and to exit homelessness.

Our volunteers accomplish CCO’s Mission by providing winter protective camping gear; assisting persons to get an ID with appropriate documentation; finding day work for men and women willing to earn a day’s wage; by educating the public and governmental agencies of unmet needs of the homeless; and, by researching unconventional, emergency and temporary shelters to transition to permanent housing.

Click to make your tax deductible donation here.

Contact us for further information.

SUCCESSFUL FIRST FORUM on Ending Homelessness!

Durango Christian Church hosted its first public forum ENDING HOMELESSNESS on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Steering Committee Forming…

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Donald W. Burnes, PhD., of BURNES CENTER ON POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.

Don is also a Scholar-in-Residence and an Adjunct Professor at the School. A local philanthropist concerned with the issues of homelessness and housing, he serves on the State Interagency Advisory Group on Homelessness for Governor Hickenlooper and served in a similar position for Governor Bill Ritter.

He was a member of Denver’s Road Home Commission and the Colorado Housing and Homelessness Funders Collaborative. He has served on the Adams County Blue Ribbon Commission to End Homelessness; he has chaired the Evaluation Committee of Denver’s Road Home and been on the Board of Directors of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative. He has been part of the decade long process of conceptualizing, implementing, and evaluating Denver’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.  

ENDING HOMELESSNESS: Why We Haven’t, How We Can is the title of the book Co-edited by Dr. Burnes and David DiLeo. Burnes will present brief history of homelessness with evidence-based practices to end homelessness, economic injustices, lack of affordable housing … with the EMPHASIS on HOW WE CAN End Homelessness.

Watch Interview—Can We End Homelessness? 

We are grateful for our sponsors!

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Sponsor of Forum Ending Homelessness, February 17, 2018.
Sponsor of Forum Ending Homelessness, February 17, 2018.


Durango Christian Church is a 501(c)(3) Religious Organization located at 255 E. 11th St., Durango, CO 81301

Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness


Humanitarian House International

Thank you Volunteers and Forum Planning Committee Members! You helped us create a very informative event; and, mind boggling data of homelessness has brought new organizations to the goal of planning a Village for the Homeless in our area.

The following are YouTube videos played at the forum during breaks:


We are accepting volunteers for a Steering Committee. We are planning a village for the homeless in Durango, La Plata County in southwest Colorado. Please contact us if you have some hours to establish goals and educational material on Homelessness.


“Thirty-five percent of the homeless are not sheltered…”

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HHI House for the Homeless (HHI House)

Shelter for the Homeless Collaborative of SW Colorado

In collaboration with Fort Lewis College (FLC) and Humanitarian House International (HHI) for a temporary and short-term Shelter for the Homeless—Community Compassion Outreach Program (CCOP), a Durango Christian Church initiative, is considering the HHI House for the Homeless (HHI House). The goal is to provide a dignified, safe shelter to prevent a person from living in the outdoors.

CCOP and HHI advocates for people in poverty and homelessness in and beyond La Plata County, Colorado, for adequate shelter. We believe this shelter is a viable solution for ending homelessness in the USA, while addressing affordable housing for 7.5 million individuals and families in Poverty (a single most cause of homelessness).

Mission Statement

Our mission is to assist individuals and families to survive and exit homelessness — One House At A Time!

Scope of Project

Shelter for the Homeless Collaborative SW Colorado is formed by advocates for determining structural and aesthetic criteria of a new temporary-and-short-term shelter for individuals and families of Homelessness and Poverty.

Humanitarian House International, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides refugee shelters in other countries. Partnering with HHI brings solutions and promises for our organization (CCO) to assist persons to survive homelessness.

Architect Stuart Ohlson designed the shelter for equatorial and warmer climates. When “Donna Mae” Baukat, executive director of CCOP, researched shelters for a proposed homeless camp in Durango, Colorado, Ohlson introduced the HHI House.

SWShelter4Homeless Interior
Small (2 persons); Medium (4 persons); Large (6 persons).

The HHI House will be studied by students of FLC Engineering Design and Practice class (Engr 315) and faculty, led by Don May, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of the Engineering Department.

On January 8, 2018, the Junior Class will commence design studies in the first half of the semester — in accordance with the requirements of CCOP for the project, and an expanded scope of HHI to satisfy the course curriculum of FLC. During the second half of the course, students will build and test the structure. Studies and evaluation will be conducted on the Fort Lewis College Campus in Durango, CO USA.

Goals and Future Plans

The purpose of this engineering study is to tap into the creative energy of the FLC engineering students to offer solutions in the form of temporary and short-term shelters, both locally and nationwide. On a Global level, the HHI House will respond to natural disasters and emergency shelter needs.

These shelters are intended for an organized, self-governed, democratic, safe ‘village’ — designed to bring dignity and pride to people who are trying to exit poverty and homelessness. CCOP has completed its research of successful villages for the homeless in various parts of the country.


Additionally, we are working to find innovative programs to benefit Durango’s homeless ‘villagers’ with human and health services, mentorship, and management oversight.

An organized, self-governed village for people experiencing homelessness is the only dignified solution to assist them toward self-sufficiency!

Donations for Materials Welcome!

This study project requires funds for materials of the building to be set up on the campus of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. The Shelter for the Homeless Collaborative of Southwest (SW) Colorado (SWShelter4Homeless) appreciate your support in kind and with your generous GIFT.

Please help us with your generous contribution to SWShelter4Homeless

Every dollar counts! Thank you!

Let your policy-makers know that you’ve found a solution to shelter the homeless and people in poverty in your community!

10 Unit Site Plan
Prototype Village for the Homeless is proposed for Durango, CO.