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December 13, 2009

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December 13, 2009

As a volunteer and now board member, I can attest to the determined and effective efforts of the Compass staff. Compass's strategy to help families who may become homeless, before they become homeless is essential to helping the working poor of San Francisco. It is telling that people assisted in this situation follow through in giving back to Compass. All of the programs offered interconnect to make Compass a strong antidote to the cycle of poverty. Examples are: Teachers at the Tenderloin childcare center use state of the art methods to help children in difficult situation; including occupational therapy. Families struggling with addiction issues are assisted in comprehensive and holistic manner to get their lives on track. It is difficult to cover all of the beneficial elements of Compass's umbrella offers in a short format.

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

presentations by Compass clients who are graduating from the programs, as well as board presentations.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the number of case workers so that more people could be assisted. Also, develop the proper data base to track families across many data fields to insure focused, incisive assistance.

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

seeing and hearing first hand how the efforts by Compass staff have transformed lives.

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

thorough, conscientious and caring.

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

put even more of its energy toward breaking the cycle of poverty through expansion and implementation of its methods to more people in need. Compass is already very lean on the admin side, a comprehensive data base is necessary to assist properly.

Ways to make it better...

we could raise more funds to support more of San Francisco's working poor.

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

lack of affordable housing in San Francisco.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 2, 2009

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December 2, 2009

Compass is a well-run, efficient, and effective organization with a loyal staff (many of whom have been with the agency over ten years--unheard of in social services). It treats its clients with respect and dignity, and goes above and beyond to help them avoid homelessness or gain permanent housing, while addressing their core needs. I have been on the board of directors for about 20 years and at one point when I thought I would look into getting involved in another nonprofit, I couldn't find one that does its job as well as Compass, so I stayed on!

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

dedicated, smart, personable, hard working.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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