CCO is proud to announce educational programs for volunteers and fellow advocates who serve people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Sessions are facilitated by retired health professionals who volunteer their time to build relationships with the homeless in Durango at Manna Soup Kitchen. Educational sessions and discussions are held at Manna Soup Kitchen. For further information, please contact us here.
Learn how and when to administer Narcan for opioid overdoses
June 5, 2019 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm
A State of Mind (responding appropriately to individuals under the influence or having apparent behavioral issues) will be facilitated by Tom Skurky.
May 8, 2019 at 1:00pm-2:00pm
To be determined with Tammy Hoier.
April 17, 2019 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Substance Abuse will be facilitated by JW Ragsdale and Tammy Hoier.
March 27, 2019
Psychology of Homelessness was presented by Mike Todt. Plans to hold this session again will be announced.
Volunteers and anyone interested in learning how to help people experiencing homelessness in our region are welcome! CCO understands the many facets of emotions, behavior, and the changing impacts due to trauma that causes homelessness.
Trauma Informed Harm Reduction is a training available through Centura Health and healthcare professionals. We will be announcing the next training in the coming weeks.
For La Plata County's Homeless Population
Community Compassion Outreach announces the name change of our newest program — expanding our services!
Volunteer Professionals Advocacy Service (VPAS)
La Plata County homeless will be the first community where CCO's volunteer professionals come from various communities: healthcare, legal, business, education, construction, industry, technology, and other.
OUR CLIENTS Individuals and families experiencing homelessness & poverty.
FREE service for the homeless in Durango and La Plata County.
Volunteer professionals (active and retired) collaborate with key organizations that mutually serve the homeless population in La Plata County, Colorado. Some of our service may be held at various locations and at facilities made available to the CCO Volunteer Professionals Advocacy Service, representatives, and staff.
People of low-income may be sharing a room with family or friends, or sleep in their cars and other uninhabitable spaces. When 'homeless', it may be difficult to receive vital resources and healthcare. CCO is using the VPAS program to improve the welfare of the homeless community in La Plata County.
CCO's Volunteer Professionals Advocacy Service may guide and refer persons to appropriate resources and may make recommendations to other agencies and organizations. Some of our professionals retired from mental healthcare, while others have education, architectural, construction and legal backgrounds. We welcome professionals from any industry to join the VPAS Team to assist the underserved population living in cars, tents, and other uninhabitable spaces.
To learn more about Volunteer Professionals Advocacy Service, please contact us here.
Volunteer Professionals Advocacy Service (VPAS) is a service offered to people in poverty and homelessness. Community Compassion Outreach is not responsible for any errors, conflict, or disputes arising from any advisement of CCO’s VPAS members. As a volunteer service, CCO welcomes active and retired professionals who wish to collaborate with Manna Soup Kitchen and other organizations that mutually serve CCO’s population of people experiencing homelessness, specifically in La Plata County. As an advocacy service for people in homelessness, individuals and families will be not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. Persons seeking assistance from CCO’s VPAS for consultation on any matter do so at their own risk. CCO commits to the integrity of our volunteers and the members of Volunteer Professionals Advocacy Service.
Our mission is to assist individuals & families to survive and exit homelessness with warm clothing, camp provisions, food, and referrals to vital resources.