2020 Steps to Improve Safety and Hygiene for Residents

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2020 Steps to Improve Safety & Hygiene for Residents

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Durango Herald Article!

–reporting on NINA's proposed Permanent Camp for our unhoused neighbors. The proposed camp follows the Athena Plan and Durango's strategic plan for supporting people experiencing homelessness.
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About Us
We care about Durango
N.I.N.A. was established in 2019 with the goal of addressing the needs of the unhoused in Durango, CO, coordinating the efforts of concerned members of the community and faith-based organizations who want to make a difference and help those in need.

We have collaborated with PATH and the Athena Group to develop a strategic plan to address homelessness in Durango and La Plata County. While the plan's ultimate aim is to establish a permanent camp here in town, we are currently working on various projects to help our unhoused neighbors.

Mission: To provide a safe place to sleep for those in need.

Vision: NINA hopes to see safe, stable, and supportive housing for those in need.
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Our Projects
Permanent Camp
Purple Cliffs
As we work towards our ultimate goal of permanent shelter, N.I.N.A. has identified a number of short term needs that we are looking to provide in support of the unhoused community in Durango.  Included is an effort to make available camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, tarps, and rope to assist with basic needs of individual warmth, assistance with the process of acquiring a legal form of identification, and establishing a companionship program to create opportunities for N.I.N.A. members to consistently be available to assist as requested in any way that we can.
Emergency Support & Services
Security Lockers
Purple Cliffs is currently Durango's unhoused camp. Some of us live there, and some of us partner to help with practical needs as they arise.
N.I.N.A's ongoing organizational development is in support of our ultimate goal of establishing a long term shelter solution for Durango's unhoused residents. Our organization is growing and as a result we are consistently evolving our structure to provide resources and tools to reach our goals.
Our mission is to educate citizens to the realities and myths of being homeless so they will be able to explain the problem and describe solutions clearly to others while supporting short and long-best practices.
Using the information that NINA received after interviewing a significant number of our unhoused neighbors last spring, it became clear that lockers would be a great help with those working. Without a safe place to keep their belongings, it is very difficult to maintain a steady job.

Using a model from Lisbon, Portugal, we decided to implement a pilot project of 6 lockers. The lockers were installed at Durango's Transit Center, providing our clients 24-hour access to their lockers. There is 24-hour security and lighting. In addition, we have signed contracts between each client and his or her locker-companion, through NINA, regarding the locker up-keep. The locker-companions are also there to help the client access support services to help improve their quality of life.​
Education
Permanent Camp
N.I.N.A's ongoing organizational development is in support of our ultimate goal of establishing a long term shelter solution for Durango's unhoused residents. Our organization is growing and as a result we are consistently evolving our structure to provide resources and tools to reach our goals.
Purple Cliffs is currently Durango's unhoused camp. Some of us live there, and some of us partner to help with practical needs as they arise.
Emergency Support & Services
As we work towards our ultimate goal of permanent shelter, N.I.N.A. has identified a number of short term needs that we are looking to provide in support of the unhoused community in Durango.  Included is an effort to make available emergency cold weather kits to assist with basic needs of individual warmth, assistance with the process of acquiring a legal form of identification, and establishing a companionship program to create opportunities for N.I.N.A. members to consistently be available to assist as requested in any way that we can.
Security Lockers
Using the information that NINA received after interviewing a significant number of our unhoused neighbors last spring, it became clear that lockers would be a great help with those working. Without a safe place to keep their belongings, it is very difficult to maintain a steady job.

Using a model from Lisbon, Portugal, we decided to implement a pilot project of 6 lockers. The lockers were installed at Durango's Transit Center, providing our clients 24-hour access to their lockers. There is 24-hour security and lighting. In addition, we have signed contracts between each client and his or her locker-companion, through NINA, regarding the locker up-keep. The locker-companions are also there to help the client access support services to help improve their quality of life.​
Our mission is to educate citizens to the realities and myths of being homeless so they will be able to explain the problem and describe solutions clearly to others while supporting short and long-best practices.
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Thank you for considering N.I.N.A. as a source for you to contribute in providing solutions for the unhoused in Durango, C.O..  We dream big and in order to move to meeting our mission we need all the help that we can muster.  There are many different opportunities available to our volunteers from big to small, simple to more in depth.  We would love to speak with you and answer your questions and see where you feel best being involved.

Call us at (970) 247-1129, or click Contact Us.
‍Your gifts, your talents, your time,  all are welcome.

Covid-19 Efforts

We would like to thank the Durango Herald for providing weekly papers, with Covid-19 updates, to the residents at Purple Cliffs.
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