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Soon to be relocated Purple Cliffs residents can store belongings with nonprofit – The Durango Herald

Community Compassion Outreach will retain items for six months

Purple Cliffs, the non-hosted campground along La Posta Road (County Road 213), is scheduled to close later this week south of Durango. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

Residents of Purple Cliff, unable to take all of their possessions with them when forced off La Plata County lands by September 30, are receiving relief in the form of Community Compassion Outreach and Neighbors in Need Alliance, two non-profit organizations based in Durango.

Those who register with CCO before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday will be able to put their belongings in construction-grade storage bins or garbage bags provided by NINA and place them in a CCO-sponsored Hercules metal storage container at the Tech Center west of Durango. .

CCO will pick up packed bags and bins at 10 a.m. Thursday. Residents will be able to store their belongings for up to six months. CCO Executive Director Donna Mae Baukat stressed that the organization is not a storage company and access to its storage container is limited except in an emergency. Those with items in the container will be notified before the six month deadline.

Each individual or family will load and unload their own belongings to ensure that no CCO staff member is handling their belongings. Once the individual or family has placed the items in the container, a photo will be taken of the owner standing in front of their belongings for future reference. Only the person photographed will have access to the tagged elements.

Once items are in storage, residents will be dropped off at the Purple Cliffs Transit or Return Center, if required. Residents may also bring their dogs when dropping off items at the Tech Center, but only one dog weighing no more than 15 pounds per person/family will be permitted to be carried. Aggressive dogs will not be permitted to accompany owners on transport.

CCO will require at least 24 hours notice to arrange to pick up residents of Purple Cliffs and take them to the storage container. Those interested in storing their belongings can call (970) 236-2313.

“Our staff of peer support professionals have already collected names and contact details,” Baukat said. “We hope there will be more people who decide to participate.”

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