As I reflect on my first few months at Compass Center, the word I have heard used most often to describe our work is
empowerment. I have seen firsthand the passion and generosity this community feels for our organization, and its belief in the imperative need to provide self-sufficiency programs, domestic violence prevention services, and adolescent health education in Orange County and the surrounding Triangle region. Last year,
Compass Center helped to change the lives of more than 6,000 adults, teens and youth in our community. Even so, we are seeing the needs for our services continue to rise.
I have seen repeatedly how intertwined the economic, health, and safety concerns faced by women and girls are, and how gender inequity directly impacts the health and well-being of our entire community. Helping women attain greater self-efficacy in one area of their lives can -and does- lead to positive changes in the rest of their lives, and in the lives of those around them. The brave founders of The Women's Center in the 1970s and Family Violence Prevention Center in the 1990s knew this. Now, with the merger of these two organizations three years ago, Compass Center represents a truly rare model, where a person can access any of these vital services - career preparedness, financial education, legal services, adolescent empowerment programs, and domestic violence crisis and prevention services - all under one roof.
I invite you to take a closer look at the valuable programs we offer through Compass Center and how our services are making a real difference for women and families in our community today. But we can only do this with your ongoing support.
If you, like me, believe in the value that Compass Center brings to our community -for your neighbors, friends, sisters, mothers and children- please make a significant contribution today.
Your support can help us reach people like Terra, who shared that before accessing our services she felt isolated, depressed and unsure of how to go about establishing security and independence for herself and her children. Our counselors helped her attain the information and skills that she needed to move forward in life, and to thrive. With support from people like you, we are on track to reach well over 6,000 residents of Orange County and the greater Triangle region again this year.