Cheers to Five Years!
It's been five years since The Women's Center, Inc., and Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County merged to form Compass Cente r for  Women and Families. Since that time, many things in our community an d world have changed, but one thing has stayed the same: our commitment to quality care and impact of services.

Donate today to make positive change in our community and help support our self-sufficiency services, adolescent health programs, and domestic violence advocacy services. Visit our new donation landing page to give online.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 
was a Success!
Photo Credit: DTown Perspective. 
October was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).   Compass Center celebrated with a host of community education, awareness, and fundraising activities meant to make this pervasive public health and societal problem a part of the public consciousness.  

We were thrilled that more than 130 people attended our premiere event--a screening of the film "Five Awake" followed by a panel discussion with national and state leaders in the field of domestic violence a dvocacy.   We were grateful for all of the community support we received. Highlights of the month included:

-The mayors of both Chapel Hill and Carrboro signed Proclamations declaring October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in their cities

-Staff and volunteers presented "Breaking the Silence" and "CUT IT OUT: Salons Against Abuse" to groups in Carrboro.

-Compass Center Executive Director Cordelia Heaney appeared on WHUP FM and the Women AdvaNCe podcast to talk about domestic violence in Orange County and across North Carolina.  

- Mystery Brewing Public House in Hillsborough hosted a wi ldly successful "Drag Queen Bingo Night" and a performance by  Tea Cup Gin.

Making Proud Choices!

This month, Compass Center is teaching
Making Proud Choices! to more than 400 9 th -grade students at East Chapel Hill High School.

Making Proud Choices! is a comprehensive sexual health curriculum that covers anatomy, pregnancy prevention, condom skills practice, goal setting, and communication skills.  Compass Center is proud to implement this program, which fosters safe, inclusive, and socially conscious discourse that empowers youth to advocate for their well-being.

Compass Center and the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative
Akila Henry hard at work designing materials for an adolescent health campaign during her fellowship at Compass Center. 
Compass Center recently had the pleasure of participating in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. The program, funded by the US Department of State,  provides a 4-week "entrepreneur-in-residence" opportunity for young professionals. Compass Center, together with the Beacon Program at UNC Hospitals, hosted Akila S. Henry, Founder and CEO of Hope by Help, a domestic violence nonprofit she will start in St. Kitts and Nevis.

"My experience has been awesome," said Akila. "The amount of support and information has been overwhelming in a positive way. I'm so very grateful."

Important Information and Upcoming Events
November Fundraisers
Check out these community events that support Compass Center!
  • We the Ladies hosts, Everything's Fine! Comedy Show. Thursday, November 16, 7 p.m., at Might As Well Bar & Grill. Admission $5.
  • Eno River Women's Rugby Football Club hosts Winter is Coming: The Drag Kings and Queens of the North drag show.  Saturday, November 18,  9 p.m. at Social Games and Brews.  Cover charge $7.

Board of Directors: 
Jane Sommers-Kelly, Chair; Gillian Hare ,  Vice Chair;  Briggs Wesche , Treasurer;  Halley Kueffer,  Secretary; Ilouise Bradford; Pegi Brady; Betsi Harris;  John Miskey; Patrick Phelan; Jeff Spinner-Halev; 

Henderson Street House Foundation:
Mimi Fountain; Joan Gillings; Margie Haber; Jay Miller; Sara Morgan 
 210 Henderson St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 | 919.968.4610 |
For help with domestic violence issues, please call our 24-hour hotline: 919.929.7122