Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado

Living with and beyond cancer takes an entire community. The effects of a cancer diagnosis are life-changing and call for a community of strength, hope, support, encouragement, and guidance. Donate today to give hope and support to people living with and beyond cancer in our Southwest CO community.

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General Information

Official Name
Blueprints of Hope​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado
Former Name(s)
(2021)Blueprints of Hope
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
Tax ID
Headquarters Address
1701 Main Ave., Ste. C
Durango, CO 81301
Colorado Location
1701 Main Ave., Ste. C
Durango , CO 81301
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 941
Durango , CO 81302-0921
Other Address
Main Phone Number
Voice Calls Only
Fax Number
Other Phone Number
Social Media Links

Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Social and emotional support are essential in the face of a cancer diagnosis. At cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado (CSC-SWCO), we provide free programs and services that include education, emotional support, community cancer navigation, mind and body programs, social activities, and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones. We support all people experiencing cancer in our communities to become healthier and live better lives. We provide all programs and services free of charge to cancer patients, survivors and families impacted by cancer in Southwest Colorado.

We believe that community is stronger than cancer.

Organization History

In 2014, the nonprofit Blueprints of Hope sprang to life in Durango, Colorado. Living in a rural, under-resourced community, we recognized that supportive care programs, services, and resources for people with cancer were fragmented, if they were available at all.

We began seeking ways to remove barriers to timely access to cancer care and pinpointing resources that would meet the needs of the people we serve. Soon we realized these services could be readily accessed through a community-based nurse navigation program. The staff and volunteers of Blueprints of Hope felt strongly these services should be available to people who were experiencing any season of the cancer journey. As an adjunct to our navigation program, Blueprints of Hope envisioned a simple, interactive website - a connecting point - which would provide local and regional cancer information. This website would be an easily accessible link complementing cancer and post-treatment survivorship care for individuals, families, friends, caregivers, and their care providers in Southwest Colorado.

In 2021, Blueprints of Hope became an affiliate of Cancer Support Community, the world's largest nonprofit provider of psychosocial oncology programs, and was renamed Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado.

Since 2014, first as Blueprints of Hope and now as the Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado (CSC-SWCO), we have served as a cancer support organization working to improve the quality of life for individuals facing cancer in Southwest Colorado. All services offered are completely free of charge for anyone, at any age, facing any type or stage of cancer, and are for the entire family.

From the beginning - through navigation, education, supportive care programs and advocacy - we have aspired to help improve the lives of individuals living with and beyond cancer. As an organization, we have grown to improve our mission by ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.


CSC-SWCO Community Navigation Client - "If you ever need anyone to testify about how much your organization has helped me, I would do it in a heartbeat. I would shout it from the rooftops - I mean it! I am so happy. You have really helped me come to a place where I feel comfortable and safe before I have my next chemotherapy treatment! Finding a safe place to live, a place to call my home, was my biggest worry! I can't thank you enough."

CSC-SWCO Community Navigation Client - "I am so thrilled about the help you gave me to relieve some of my financial burden. The stress of having to manage the complex issues I am facing after treatment for my brain and breast cancers seem almost too much to handle because of the lack of financial resources. It seems to affect every part of my life."

CSC-SWCO Community Navigation Client - "Blueprints of Hope has been my saving grace. In a kind and compassionate manner, the nurse navigator guided me in the direction of wonderful providers and a wealth of information. She was and continues to be my sounding board and encouragement to move forward with my clinical trial. This support included locating resources that paid for my transportation and lodging so I was able to participate in a clinical trial offered across the country. I hold Blueprints of Hope so very near to my heart."

CSC-SWCO Board Member - "Being close to so many who are experiencing cancer or who have been lost to cancer gives me great admiration for the courage and strength it takes for those who are facing the tremendous barriers to move forward with and in spite of this disease. With this admiration comes the desire to help Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado serve others, and in doing so making a difference by helping those in our rural communities to live well with and beyond cancer."

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