August Newsletter
Hello Compass Center friends,

We hope you're doing well!

In this newsletter, you'll see some highlights from last month and upcoming activities including:
  • The announcement of our new housing and mental health services.
  • Photos from Drag Queen Bingo and the Summer Chorus's performance.
  • Call for new volunteers.
  • August programs.

Please mark you calendars for our free programs or consider volunteering if you can.

 Warm regards,

 Cordelia Heaney
 Executive Director
 Compass Center for Women and Families

Announcing New Housing and 
Mental Health Services

Compass Center will be expanding our services to include housing and mental health support. 

Due to a grant provided by the Governor's Crime Commission and the support of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare's Community Reinvestment Initiative, we will begin providing transitional housing assistance and therapeutic services to survivors of domestic violence and their children in Orange County. We are in the planning stages and will roll out the services in early 2019.

To learn more, please view this  Spectrum News story!

Thank You For Your Support in July!
On Saturday July 21st, Compass Center hosted another successful night of Drag Queen Bingo with Vivica C. Coxx. Attendees were treated to several rounds of bingo, a few lip-sync performances, and prizes. 

Thank you to Vivica and to Linda's Bar and Grill for hosting. Everyone had a fantastic time and we raised nearly $2,500!

On July 29th, the Summer Community Chorus, presented by the Women's Voices Chorus, held their annual benefit concert. While the event is free, each year they collect donations for a local nonprofit. This year, the chorus named Compass Center the beneficiary of funds collected.

Thank you to the Summer Community Chorus, Women's Voice Chorus, and all those who attended and donated! We had a fantastic time and raised a more than $1,000 support our work.
Volunteers Needed
Compass Center is looking for new volunteers!

Compass Center serves more than 6,000 clients annually and relies heavily on volunteer support to be able to meet clients' needs.  Volunteers serve in a variety of roles including as career and  financial coaches, crisis hotline advocates, and event committee members.

Reade has been volunteering as a domestic violence advocate for nearly
two and half years. He appreciates that he has learned how to be present for people in crisis and offer support. 

"I started volunteering at Compass Center out of a desire to do more for those impacted by domestic violence. It means a lot to me to be able to provide a safe space and a listening ear for someone in crisis, " says Reade. "Having someone available to validate your feelings can be just what is needed.

To learn about volunteering at Compass Center, please view a full list of opportunities here and then complete a Compass Center Volunteer Application form

For questions, please email Director of Client Services and Volunteer Management, Ashley Parks at and refer to her recent FAQ:  Why Volunteering at Compass Center Might be Right for You.
August Programs

The Compass Center has several upcoming programs in August! Please see the flyers below for more information. All services are free. To schedule an appointment or register for an event call 919-968-4610.

Board of Directors: 
Gillian Hare, Chair; Amy Blanchard ,  Vice Chair;  Briggs Wesche , Treasurer;  Halley Kueffer,  Secretary; Ilouise Bradford; Pegi Brady; Jeannie Denuo; Betsi Harris; Modesta Hurd; Heather Hutchins; Patrick Phelan; Linda Sanders; Liz Skiba; Jane Summers-Kelly; Mary Tanner

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