Getting Ready to Help Compass House and National Safe Places

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A few days ago I went to Compass House to learn more about it before I support it next month. There I talked to Sylvia Nadler, Ellie Bocchino, Michelle Moore, and many other nice people! Compass House is a shelter for homeless kids or kids in crisis. Compass House believes that every kid deserves to have people in their lives who love, care and support them.

When a troubled kid goes to Compass house, they are assigned a case manager who handles their case without judging anything about what happened in the past. They are focused on their futures. The goal with Compass House is to make sure that every kid is safe at home and provide them with a Safe Place to stay when they need it. Compass House has an Emengency Shelter that is open 24/7. The Emergency Shelter is like a house and the average stay is 3-9 days. Compass House also has a Recource Center and that offers a lot of help to those who are ages 16-20. There is an emergency food pantry there and they keep all of the donations they get there too. Young people who are on their own can get food, furniture, clothes, and household items there.

If you are a young person and having trouble at home, are in danger, or are homeless, you can go to Compass House! The people there are all really nice. It is easy to get a ride there too. Just go to any TOPS or MARTINS market and tell someone you need a safe place. They will get you there safely. See the yellow sign at the top of this post? That is the symbol for National Safe Places! When you see it, you know you can go there for help.

You can also get on any Metro bus in our area and tell them you need a safe place. They will take you to Compass House too.

The most important thing to remember is that Compass House works with families to keep kids safe. Parents are always informed when their child shows up at Compass House and help is provided to make sure the child can return to a safe home. Children who are abused DO NOT have to return to homes that are not safe, though. Compass House does not tell any kid what to do. The kind people there help them make good choices that will keep them safe and help them live happier lives.

Thank you Sylvia, Ellie, Michelle, Scott, and everyone else who I met there last week. I had a great visit, and I am excited about helping you throughout March and the rest of the year too.  

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5 Responses

  1. Compass house sounds like a terrific place. It is great that you are offerering support to those in need.

  2. That is so interesting that the markets serve as a base from which to get to Compass House.

  3. This sounds like an excellent cause for March, Laura. I’m sorry I missed February’s challenges; there has been a lot happening in and around my family that took some of my focus away.

    I’ll be back in action next month! 🙂 Keep up your great work!

  4. Happy Birthday Laura,

    I hope that your 11th Birthday is a very special one, because you are a very special young woman.

    There are not many people who truly understand the joy of making good things happen and about the joy of giving. I believe that all of good things you do reflect all of the good things you have inside.

    Thank you for making me part of your giving community. You have started me thinking about ways that I too can make a difference by helping others more.

    Once Again, Happy Happy Birthday Dear Laura.

    Love,
    Sylvia

    Keep up the good work, you are a very exciting

  5. There needs to be more places like this. Thanks for sharing it was very inspirational.

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