Community Compassion Outreach Responds to Slowing Down the Spread of the SARS COVID-19 in La Plata County
A message from CCO Board President and Executive Director:
The latest CDC and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless informs that any gathering over 10 is canceled until April 20th, at the least. Therefore, we will maintain social distancing of 6-feet from the person next to us at Coffee & Conversations. All meetings will be held by telephone or Zoom/Skype/FaceTime, etcetera.
REVISED 3/18/2020: Coffee & Conversations (picnic-sharing with the homeless) at Schneider Park will set up at 12:15pm-12:30pm. Food will be distributed in individual packages and placed in plastic grocery bags to keep items dry. Bottled water will be included in each lunch sack.
Bags of individual lunches will be set a few feet apart on the curb or grass (if dry) to allow one person at a time to take no more than one bag.
We will have signs to direct the process.
Social distancing will be no less than 6-feet from one another.
No handshakes, hugs, or volunteer conversations, as recommended by CDC.
No person will be turned away as long as our new rules are respected. — THANK YOU!
Any new information will be posted at this webpage as America is taking steps to slow down the spread of the COVID-19.
Our volunteers are over the age of 60, the most vulnerable and those with underlying chronic illnesses causes us to exercise an abundance of caution. It is for their health safety and for our guests that I have asked that our food preparation be distributed in paper lunch sacks. No chairs or tables will be set up, except for volunteers working to place food items in lunch sacks and plastic bags.
You are welcome to click on the links below to learn more about the current recommendations to protect you and your loved ones from the Coronavirus. Thank you for your continued patience as we all go through this time of abundant caution together! By Donna Mae Baukat
This afternoon, we have advised and have approval from the City of Durango with our procedures in distributing food on Saturday 3/21/2020 at Schneider Park starting 12:30pm-2:30pm.
Volunteers will remain in their cars after putting one food item they are bringing into plastic shopping bags that we will set on the curb of the park.
Each bag will be 1-2 feet apart so the food-insecure and homeless will take ONLY 1 food bag.
We will have signs instructing not to be closer than 6 feet from a volunteer or another person.
We may see a Durango Police patrol car that will insure everyone is safe.
Thank you to our Mayor Melissa Youssef, Assistant City Manager Kevin Hall and the Durango Police Department for allowing us to insure the homeless and people in poverty will have food tomorrow. We thank our new volunteers and our regular volunteers who have committed to help us out tomorrow. — The Board of Community Compassion Outreach