Design by Donna Mae Baukat. Copyright 2017. Baukat Enterprises LLC, Durango, CO 81301.
Community Compassion Outreach serves people experiencing homelessness in Durango La Plata County, in a rural community with tourists enjoying the great Southwestern Rockies of Colorado. While the housed enjoy the privileges of outdoor sports, a not-so-small population of the unhoused sleep in the San Juan National Forest. During winter months, temperatures historically drop below Zero. For people (including children) living in makeshift tents or their vehicles/campers with layers of clothing and blankets to keep warm, designer Donna Mae Baukat wanted to offer a solution. She called it the homeless wearable sleeping bag. Her vision is to reduce the weight of sleeping bags, tents and personal items that people experiencing homelessness carry on their backs. She cannot accept that people have been found frozen to death in her neighborhood. "It has to be a lightweight, compact, insulated and functional --as well as durable!" She goes on to say, "In the hillsides of the Rockies, camping may be fun and not unpleasant if your stuff doesn't weigh you down with over 40 pounds of personal items on your back. So, there has to be lots of inside pockets to keep things dry and safe." She got an idea to include survival components, i.e., cell phone battery charger, first aid items, and etcetera. Donna Mae's dream for the survival coat is that it can be produced by a professional sewing contractor and distributed by people of low-income. Many of the homeless are skilled -- many are unskilled. A for-profit distribution center would be ideal to train individuals in operating a business while learning how to perform inventory control, incoming receiving and inspection, quality assurance, packaging, shipping, customer service and marketing. Baukat Enterprises LLC was formed for the purpose of producing new products and ultimately to provide jobs for people who can be trained in new skills. Donna Mae's husband has forty years in manufacturing of aerospace computer systems with specialty in quality assurance. A former auditor for the International Standards Organization (ISO), Stephen M. Baukat plans to develop a high-quality distribution facility.
In Lieu of Shelter With limited number of shelter beds in our county, the Survival Coat may help to prevent frost bites -- if not to save a life! Field testing will prove the design specifications once we produce first articles and prototypes. A sewing contractor is ready to create the pattern for his shop and to purchase materials for a production quantity. Until there are available, permanent affordable housing with wrap-around supportive services for more than 200 human souls trying to survive our winters, this is just one solution to protect our unhoused brothers and sisters. CCO's Board of Directors decided this to be the time to partner with Baukat Enterprises LLC in a social enterprise. The partnership is intended to provide revenue for the services and programs that CCO actively provides to people unhoused and food-insecure. We anticipate sales of the Survival Coat to hikers and outdoorsmen/women. The coat must be offered to people living in the streets and other uninhabitable spaces, at no cost or earned by sweat equity (a program we are developing). Our vision is to see the unhoused in America protected while the affordable housing crises seeks a solution. Thank you for your interest in the Baukat Survival Coat! For additional information, please contact Donna Mae at (970) 236-1540.
Graphics by Laurie Cullum. Copyright 2017. Durango, Colorado 81301.