We assist individuals and families to survive and to exit homelessness & poverty, one house at a time.
CCO Board of Directors
Donna Mae Baukat, Cofounder
President & Executive Director
Donna Mae was unanimously appointed President by the Board on April 13, 2019 and retains the position of executive director. She brings 30+ years in office management, legal secretary and 15 years in electronic component manufacturing marketing & sales. Her managerial skills makes it possible for her to multi-task. She has regularly communicated activities and news with the Board & volunteers -- as they happen -- by email, executive committee meetings, and other means of communication on most CCO matters. She has been married over 37 years to Stephen M. Baukat, Vice President & Quality Assurance Director of Baukat Enterprises, LLC. They retired to Durango late 2013 from Tustin, California.
On August 14, 2018, Community Compassion Outreach (CCO) (the "Organization") Board of Directors retained Baukat Enterprises, LLC, to manage and administrate the operations of CCO. Donna Mae is CEO/President of the woman minority owned business that was formed on June 26, 2017. Her company is developing a wearable sleeping bag for the homeless.
Donna Mae is mother of three from a previous marriage, grandmother of seven (4 boys /3 girls) and great grandmother of two girls.
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Johnie Ragsdale, Secretary
Johnie Ragsdale operates the Ragsdale & Associates PC offices with husband John W. Ragsdale, Clinical Psychologist Specialist, located on North Main Avenue. Johnie is compassionate for people less fortunate than us, and she has been serving the Durango and La Plata County communities for decades.
She has served her community in various roles: Classroom volunteer - PTA President, Girl Scout Leader - Youth Mission Trip Leader to Apache Reservation - Youth Mission Trip Leader to Navajo Reservation - Youth Mission Trip Leader to Juarez - Mexico Youth and Adult Mission Trip Leader to New Orleans - Two mission trips to Mozambique - Africa assisting women in micro loan development, women's issues/relationships - Kitchen Volunteer at Manna Soup Kitchen.
Johnie holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California.
Loretta Meushaw, Director
Loretta has lived in the Durango-La Plata County area since 1998 and has two decades of experience in homeless outreach. She has been the homeless outreach leader at Adventure Christian Church (formerly known as Durango Christian Church) since 2015.
In 2015 she launched Durango Homeless Youth Advocates aka Durango Highlands Youth Advocates, which guides youth into education and housing to increase potential for employment and improve self-esteem. This outreach supports efforts of youth that have goals to re-enter high school, obtain a General Education Diploma (GED) or any higher education program either in Colorado or nation-wide.
Her business background includes three decades in real estate sales, co-owner of two Realty Executives franchises, development of single-family housing, project management and accounting. Her last project in Arizona was a research-design of an RV park in Cottonwood, near Sedona, which sold prior to development.
Loretta has three adult children (two daughters & a son) all of whom have the gift of helps and outreach. Her middle granddaughter, is an outreach team member with Community Compassion Outreach in Durango and often accompanies her on local “mission trips” serving the homeless community.
Daniel Morgenstern, Vice President
Daniel Morgenstern has led a rich and productive creative life in every field he has engaged. Dan has two degrees in Music and as a skilled professional musician was a featured soloist in the Aspen Music Festival and served as Principal Flutist of the Jerusalem Symphony. Dan has also had decades of Arts Management leadership experience bringing the knowledge of highly complex organizations and the integration of diverse passionately held points of view into harmony.
As the 25 year CEO of the multi-national Electroline Manufacturing Company based in Cleveland, Ohio, he has deep experience in every phase of business management and operations from product development and design, manufacturing technologies, sales, marketing and distribution and a history of successful customer and labor relations.
He retired early to Durango in 2000 where he has been active in community affairs including co-founding the Affordable Housing Task Force leading to the the creation of the Regional Housing Alliance. He has served on numerous Boards including Habitat for Humanity, the Women’s Resource Center, and the San Juan Symphony.
Dan brings a wealth of knowledge of the Durango community along with the wisdom and skills as a conflict resolving negotiator, strategic planner and fund raiser.
Darren White, Treasurer
Darren is a community activist and father. He was with La Plata THRIVE. Darren and his wife, Lora, are volunteers at Food Not Bombs on Sunday afternoons for the homeless at Iris Park. Darren and Lora have two children in Bayfield, Colorado.
Jon Alsdorf, Cofounder/Director
Jon Alsdorf, one of the cofounders of CCO, is a native western Coloradan and has lived In Durango for 13 years serving as the Pastor of Adventure Christian Church (a.k.a., Durango Christian Church). He is married to Tiffany, celebrating 23 years of marriage this year, and has two daughters, Emily and Natalie.
In addition to working in ministry for the past 21 years, Jon also serves as a Police Chaplain with the Durango Police Department, and has recently received his real estate license and works with Durango Star Realty.
Jon has a vision to help create strategies and opportunities for the homeless and low income families to attain home ownership. He believes this to be a central part of developing healthy families and a better community.
He graduated from Pacific Christian College in Fullerton, California in 1997 with a B.A. in Church Ministry.
True Kirk, Director
Meghann Baca, Provisional Director
Kelsie Borland, Director
Articles of Incorporation
IRS Determination Letter
Conflict of Interest Policy
CCO became a nonprofit on March 29, 2018. The IRS determination letter dated August 21, 2018, recognizes Community Compassion Outreach (CCO) as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Our tax year ends December 31st. Form 990 will be filed for our first year in operation in 2019 (NOTE: CCO started as a church program in January 2017 and has evolved into a more effective organization since our nonprofit status was determined).
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