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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Nonprofit Management

Mission: We assist individuals and families to survive and to exit homelessness with donated goods, food sharing, day work and education. We plan to build a minimum of 60 small essential housing units for a Village of Hope Development of permanent, supportive, low-income, affordable rentals and homeownership opportunities. The village will help end homelessness in our region with wrap-around services and program.

Results: At the end of CCO’s first year (March 29, 2019, we provided donated goods and shared food with more than 300 people experiencing homelessness; we placed over a dozen individuals in the day work program; we provided training and informational events for volunteers and our clients; and, we have a team of architects, engineers, builders, pro bono lawyers serving our clients, realtors, and independent contractors (CFO, bookkeeper, CPA) to support our programs.

Target demographics: Individuals and families to survive and to exit homelessness

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300 individuals/families, and network with 8 organizations who mutually serve people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Geographic areas served: Durango, Colorado

Programs: Assisting individuals and families to survive and to exit homelessness, including people of poverty. CCO provides our clients with the following charitable and information activities: A. Education and ID replacement B. Donate new or used items (clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and personal items C. Find day work and temporary employment D. Provide relief of the poor and distressed with food sharing & volunteer mental health professionals E. Send out ambassadors F. Foster positive justice through collaboration with National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty & Colorado ACLU ​G. Coordinate activities with organizations that mutually share in our interests.

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6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Community Compassion Outreach for about a year and it has been life-changing. I don't have tons of time or money but most Saturdays I get together with some CCO folks at the park and we bring food and donated necessities to homeless and hungry folks in our town. I have met some amazing people and added a great part to my weekend. It is wonderful to be a part of such a great community, and I never would have met and gotten to know the folks without homes, who are wonderful people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In the 20+ years I've been involved with affordable housing and relieving homelessness, Community Compassion Outreach is the leading organization in addressing these needs. No other group has the outreach and connection with the service population, and is better positioned to deliver needed services and ultimately the permanent supportive housing than CCO.

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CCOHome 10/21/2019

Thank Dan for you review! We appreciate your support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My story with this Community Compassion Outreach began at the forum in 2018 titled Ending Homelessness, why we haven't, how we can (something like that). I became aware of the many things "home" means and what it is like not to have one. I realized that it is not most important " why "someone is home-less but that everyone "needs" a place to call home, a place to feel safe, a place to heal, a place to keep their stuff, a place to be who they are, a place to socialize, a place to eat, a place to be human - to be part of community. I wanted to become a part of something that wanted to bring "home" to those who didn't have one.

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CCOHome 10/21/2019

Johnie, your confidence and support of Community Compassion Outreach is greatly appreciated. Your support keeps us going.

1 Jon.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CCO has been been doing an outstanding job of serving the needs of the homeless community in Durango by providing critical survival supplies, helping with work programs, and spearheading truly affordable and and long-term housing initiatives in La Plata County. This is an organization worth getting behind!

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CCOHome 10/21/2019

Thank you, Jon, for your review! Great having your support of CCOHome.

Donna Mae B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Board of Directors and many volunteers have been very active in all the programs of this nonprofit organization. CCO has built strong relationships with the homeless and their collaboration has resulted in helping them navigate resources. Working with local officials toward solutions have helped to create the political will for improved attitudes from the community. Thank you, supporters, for believing in the work we do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Nonprofit serves the Durango community by assisting people to survive and exit homelessness. The ¨Coffee and Conversations¨ program provides meals, clothing, and fellowship each Saturday. Day Work program connects those seeking employment with jobs. CCO is collaborating with community partners to construct affordable housing with local support services on site - a Village of Hope. Wonderful people and essential work.

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CCOHome 10/21/2019

Darren, it’s great working with you to support the homeless we serve! Thank you and your family for your review.