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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Housing Search Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Compass Family Services serves families confronting poverty and homelessness by supporting their efforts to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Results: Compass Family Services, known until 1995 as Travelers Aid San Francisco, was established in 1914 to provide assistance to newcomers to the city, particularly young women and girls drawn by the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915). Since that time, Compass has served a wide range of populations from stranded travelers to refugees to homeless families, but a common denominator among the various groups has been a need for help in an often unfriendly urban environment.

Target demographics: Low-income and homeless families

Geographic areas served: San Francisco, CA

Programs: Compass Family Services creates a strong safety net for homeless and at-risk families by providing a broad continuum of services that help our clients find and maintain stable housing and build strong families. Compass' six programs for families are: Compass Connecting Point – The citywide access center for all families seeking shelter in San Francisco. Compass Family Shelter – A homeless shelter for families with private rooms and baths, plus prevention and aftercare services. Compass SF HOME - Compass' homelessness prevention program that provides qualifying families with short term rental subsidies and support. Compass Family Resource Center - A family resource center providing counseling and education to support healthy parent-child relationships. Compass Clara House – A two-year transitional housing program with individual family apartments, plus intensive support services and on site childcare. Compass Children's Center – Compass’ model child development and education center for children from homeless and very low-income families.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about the adopt a family for Christmas through my daughter Carrie who works there. Every year I look forward to seeing who my new family is and head right out the door to shop. The lists are great, so complete and helpful. Everyone involved has been very sweet in answering all my questions. The new method of delivery is a lot better. All on one day at one place and having help from people to get all the gifts from your car to the building. I've been involved with the program ever since Erica started it. Each year I look forward to buying for the little ones especially. It is the highlight of the Christmas season.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Compass on a number of levels over the past twenty years. I originally worked alongside them advocating for homeless families and youth in San Francisco when I worked at another agency. When I began a non-profit consulting business, I helped them on a grant to secure federal funding for Clara House, their transitional housing facility for homeless families. I've adopted families during their holiday season and most recently I've been involved volunteering to secure donated furniture deliver it to the homes of newly housed families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

until this past year, my experience with compass has primarily been that of a contributor.....however, with a group of "compass" supporters, we found a way to continue the help that compass provides...after compass doing the "hard" work of finding appropriate housing for families that are homeless, we have decided to furnish houses for those most needy.....this is done through donations of gently used household items and/or financial contributions. we hope our efforts support the incredible ongoing efforts of compass to make life more comfortable to those families in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only had positive experiences at the Tenderloin Childcare Center. I have visited to volunteer and to shadow the Administrative Coordinator Diana Johnson. Everyone on staff was warm and professional. The day care and class rooms were filled with nothing but smiling faces, and happy (if not rambunctious) children. The center provides a much needed service to our most vulnerable residences in one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in San Francisco.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a holiday volunteer for the past 3 years, Compass never ceases to amaze me. A fine example of professionals working collaborativley to assist homeless families. great work!