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.
My husband and I have volunteered over the past 6 years for various events. As community members, we support the work that Compass is doing and tell our friends about the compassionate staff and important services that they provide. We feel that Compass needs more visibility in order to be able to maintain and increase its very critical work.