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.

We designed a Homeless Sleeping Bag!

Award-Winning Designer

Award-winning designer “Donna Mae” Baukat is founder of Baukat Enterprises LLC, which is registered in the State of Colorado as of June 26, 2017. The company designs and develop new products for improved living in Homelessness–especially, during winters in cold climates.

“Donna Mae” Baukat is a Fiber Arts Designer. She created an innovative sleeping bag worn as a coat and it includes a portable tent for one person.


A small group of individuals who cannot find shelter in the winter have helped to create an innovative sleeping bag that may be worn as a coat when not asleep. The individual one-person tent is conveniently stored in a waterproof pocket of the shin-length coat. It is compact and lightweight. The less to carry, the less weight to lug around–a homeless camper will find it easier to pickup and leave where he/she was spending the night or day sleeping.

Professional Pattern for Fabrication

If you would like to help us pay for a professional pattern needed for fabrication by a professional sewing contractor, please click YouCare Fundraiser.

CCOP Community Compassion Outreach Program of Durango Christian Church was initiated by Mrs. Baukat who is the executive director. In affiliation with CCOP, Baukat Enterprises works closely with Jon Alsdorf to find protective winter clothing, sleeping bags and accessories for the winter seasons. The beauty of being a designer in our affiliation is for mutual benefit and objective to preserve a life of the Homeless!

Work-to-Earn Program

A Wearable Sleeping Bag/Tent is not handed out to the Homeless. The product will be earned in a Work-to-Earn Program. Each recipient will spend a few hours in volunteer or for-pay jobs in our community of La Plata County. A person who cannot work due to disability will receive the product without charge, and a Sponsor may donate it to a person of ADA.

The majority of winter gear sold on the market are unaffordable, or too cumbersome for someone traversing hillsides in the Rockies, where the unsheltered are camping through the winter. Durango and La Plata County is home to nearly 100 winter homeless campers.

While we are raising funds to make our innovative sleeping gear, you can help us buy winter-gear. Check out CRITICAL SUPPLY BANK page.

Donate to the Homeless Wearable Sleeping Bag/Tent (Click link)

Without enough shelters, and the barriers that prevent entrance into an available emergency shelter, our winters (though mild in comparison to higher elevations) presents life-threatening exposures to cold winds, rain, snowfall, freezing temperatures, and occasional landslides/avalanches.

Homeless campers do not have winter-rated sleeping bags to help them survive temperatures below freezing.

The City of Durango is 6,250 Ft. elevation where winter temperatures suddenly drop to -10 to -15 Degrees Fahrenheit. The ground up here is rocky and cold; people who camp our winters use insulated pads and layers of clothing to keep warm.

It is the reason that Donna Mae designed a wearable sleeping bag for the homeless who remain in their camps in tents. In the interim of developing and producing the wearable sleeping bag, Baukat Enterprises will partner with local nonprofits and the private sector to supply critical winter supplies.

Figure 1. Shin-length coat

Homeless Wearable Sleeping Bag w/Tent

Figure 2. NO SeeUM Tent for One


Independent Tent/Shield for One Person

The Homeless will find a space just to sleep. Baukat’s tent/shield is lightweight, stakes on the inside, NO SeeUm! Low profile for wind resistance. Water-resistant. A lightweight waterproof tarp will add another layer of protection against wind, rain and snow.

If you are interested in partnering with Community Compassion Outreach Program and Baukat Enterprises, we welcome any help you may offer.

We look forward to your comments and any suggestions for products that you have in mind to protect, shield, and serve a person whose home is not fit for habitation in America.

Help us get to market with a Professional Pattern and Prototype of the Wearable Sleeping Bag w/Tent!

Click to donate: Make Wearable Sleeping Bag w/Tent for the Homeless!

Contact “Donna Mae”