Erin Hamilton, Director of Education Programs
Erin Hamilton, our new Director of Education Programs, initially joined Compass Center as a Teens Climb High intern last year. In that position, she has done excellent work implementing Making Proud Choices! curriculum in classrooms throughout Orange County. Prior to coming to Compass Center, Erin  served as a Restorative Justice Specialist, coaching school personnel and students in two Chicago public schools, and a  Violence Prevention Educator and Crisis Line specialist at a Chicago YWCA.  She delivered presentations on violence prevention (dating, bullying) and healthy relationships with elementary and middle school youth.  She recently completed our advocate training and  has worked with youth as a youth job mentor and trainer and is trained in trauma-informed youth. Erin is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University where she received a B.A. in Justice Studies.

Myanh Ta, Director of Teens Climb High
Myanh Ta, our new Director of Teens Climb High, comes to us from the Greensboro YWCA where she has worked since 2013 as their program coordinator for youth organizing and services and their after-school enrichment teacher.  She has been implementing Making Proud Choices!, the same evidence-based curricula our Teens Climb High program implements.  Myanh is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where she studied political science and history.  While in school she served as a tutor and group leader in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools helping students improve their learning habits through question-based learning using the Advancement Via Individual Determination model. Myanh has served as a Refugee Family Advocate working with families to acclimate to the U.S., learn English, register for school and provide support and transportation.  Myanh is also trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Elisabeth Jones, 
Court Advocacy and Community Response Inter n
Elisabeth Jones, our new Court Advocacy and Community Response Intern, is excited to join the Compass Center.  She will be responsible for directly assisting clients in civil and criminal domestic violence court while also connecting clients to Compass Center resources. She will be assisting Kati Hajjar with court preparation and engaging with community partners.  
Elisabeth was most recently the Western NC Field Organizer for Planned Parenthood based in Asheville, NC.  While in Asheville, she coordinated a robust volunteer program throughout the entire Western region of NC.  Elisabeth graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies, and is currently applying to Law School for Fall 2017.
Free Family Law Workshops Series is Underway!

Join us on the third Thursday of the month for FREE legal education workshops addressing Family Law issues. Topics include, but are not limited to: divorce, spousal support, property distribution, child support and child custody, and domestic violence and the law. Workshops will be presented by licensed attorneys John Miskey and Sarah Carr D'Amato .

When:       3rd Thursdays  6:00-7:30pm
Where:     Compass Center
210  Henderson Street                   
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Registration is Required
Call us to register: 919-968-4610

What Our Clients Say!
Here is a recent thank you note from one of our grateful clients:

"Thank you all so very much for being present with me during court. While this whole ordeal has been a nightmare - your support and presence gave me the strength and encouragement to face the next set of challenges that lie ahead of me. I'm honored and extremely humbled by your dedication and friendship during this time. You are all amazing!"  

Family Law Book 7th Edition 
Now Available!

Drafted by attorneys and updated regularly, the 
Family Law in North Carolina 
guide is written in an easy-to-read question and answer format  and provides information about separation, divorce, domestic violence, child custody, child support, and property settlement.
Order the 7th edition of 
Family Law in North 
Carolina HERE  today! 


By contributing to Compass Center, you make a significant difference in the lives of women and families who benefit from our programs and services.  We serve more than 5,000 clients each year, and your contributions will help ensure that everyone receives the quality care they need. 

There is still time to contribute to Spring Appeal, if you haven't already done so. Donate now to get your gift in before June 30th. 

On behalf of the staff and our clients, we Thank You!  For more information about all of the programs and services that Compass Center offers to the community, please visit our   website
Support Groups!

See the upcoming support group listings below! Anyone who is interested in attending a support group can contact:  

Connie Carringer 
Support Group Coordinator 919.929.7122
Current Support Groups:
  • Domestic Violence Support Group I for Women - 8 weeks starting in June
  • Domestic Violence Support Group II for Women - 8 weeks starting in August
  • Art of Healing: Arts-Based Support Group for Women - 2nd Saturday of each Month
Support Groups Coming in Fall 2016:
  • Self-Esteem Support Group - October
  • Divorce and Separation Support Group - September
  • Domestic Violence Support Group - October
  • Writing Group for Survivors of Domestic Violence - October
  • Art of Healing: Arts-Based Group for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Board of Directors: 
Laura Morrison, Chair; Laura Lazarus Frankel, Vice Chair; Pat Phelan, Treasurer; Doris Friend, Secretary; Lakshmi Goyal; Elisabeth Johnson; John Miskey; Mark Phillips; Beth Posner; Shelia Reich; Jane Sommers-Kelly; Sandra Truitt

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