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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for several non-profits in the past and after seeing what Compass does for underprivileged families in San Francisco I was inspired to do more. This organization provides the kind of opportunities and resources that families need to raise healthy, happy children; reduce homelessness; provide housing options; and ensure a bright future for inner City families. Programs like Connecting Point, The Positive Parenthood Project, and the annual Adopt-a-Family program make these missions possible. Compass is one organization making the world a better place in which to live. I applaud their significant and on-going efforts and contributions to the City of San Francisco.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization it's an example of Community support gear towards supporting families who are less fortunate. Their wraparound services ensure that clients have the tools and support needed for success!!