Compass Family Services

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 49 Powell Street 3rd floor San Francisco CA 94102 USA

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.
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting feed back from those who work there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy of buying presents for the little ones

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous, friendly and fun. Not too mention competent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue with all it's good programs. They know how to put the money to good use.

Ways to make it better...

couldn't hae been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money. They know how to put it to good use but with the economy the way it is, it is tough.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love the opportunity to help these people who so need support in getting on their feet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching Compass assume a leadership role (if not THE leadership role) in helping families to end the cycle of homelessness. They are doing everything they can to help these families in crisis!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable about the difficulties faced by the families they serve.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help partner with a non-profit developer to fund additional housing and provide support services to get more families off the streets or out of their cars. It could also provide more daycare for the families trying to find or hold on to jobs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting and furnishing homes for the families that compass has found housing for...the adults and children in these families have been sooo helpful and appreciative of the work that the compass volunteers do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

????

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making life easier for those that truly need the help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and truly committed to their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

find housing for every parent with a child and be sure that both the parent and the child had the support structure to better their lives through their own hard work!

Ways to make it better...

we could help more people in need!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding appropriate housing for the number of homeless families in our area.

One thing I'd also say is that...

nothing makes one happier than watching a family, either the parents or children, feel comfortable in their newly found home!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

All of the wonderful children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing families gain permanent housing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate about a thankless job and really cared about people others only think about at the holidays.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve more families in need

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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