"I have followed the work of Compass Family Services and been a financial supporter since 2000. I regularly attend Spring Forward, their annual fundraising event in the month of May."
- John Solageui
Compass Family Services has been helping San Franciscans in need since its founding in 1914. The agency has specifically focused on serving homeless families with children since the City’s homeless population exploded in the late 1980s. Their mission is to help families break their cycle of poverty and crisis through targeted interventions and an array of support services. Compass offers a continuum of care designed to help clients find stable housing, secure employment and raise healthy children. Compass’s programs are located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
Compass’s continuum of services serves more than 3,000 parents and children each year:
Compass Connecting Point is the centralized intake, assessment and counseling center for San Francisco families facing a housing crisis. The program provides a comprehensive array of services that meet the immediate needs of homeless and at-risk families, while also empowering them for long-term sustainability and independence.
Compass Family Shelter provides homeless families with shelter and a comprehensive range of support services. These services enable families to secure and maintain housing, improve their employment prospects and address the underlying issues that contributed to their current instability.
Compass SF HOME helps families in danger of homelessness to maintain their housing and rapidly re-houses homeless families so that they can work toward economic self-sufficiency. A participating family works with a case manager to maintain its housing, increase its income and pursue its educational/professional goals.
Compass Family Resource Center (CFRC) helps low-income and homeless parents build, strengthen and maintain healthy relationships with their children. CFRC aims to mitigate problems of separation, isolation, abuse and neglect that correlate highly with homelessness and poverty by providing targeted and supportive interventions.
Compass Clara House is a transitional housing program for families. Families live in private apartments and pursue their education, employment and housing goals with intensive support. Adult residents participate in case management and groups, while children attend licensed, on-site childcare and after-school programs.
Compass Children’s Center (CCC) is a nationally accredited, early-childhood development program for homeless and low-income children, ages 0-5. Studies have documented the negative impacts of poverty on early brain development. By supporting children during this critical period, CCC helps them overcome their disadvantaged backgrounds.
Want to get involved?
Erica Kisch, Executive Director
49 Powell Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 644-0504, Ext. 303
About the Paragon Community Fund
From shelters to school arts programs, from food drives to counseling, we
participate in the services that many organizations perform in order to
make a positive difference in our community. Since 2004, the Paragon
Community Fund has provided close to $400,000 to local organizations.