Archive for August 2018

CBS 17 Interviews Compass Center ED about Domestic Violence in Orange County

CBS 17 Interviews Compass Center ED about Domestic Violence in Orange County

On Thursday, August 23, CBS 17 reporter Derrick Lewis interviewed Compass Center Executive Director, Cordelia Heaney, as part of story about recent family violence incidents in Orange County.  The video is available on CBS 17’s website.  Heaney appears towards the end of the segment titled, “NC man thought gun was unloaded when he shot girlfriend, 911 call shows.”

Below is an excerpt:

“Over the summer we’re definitely seeing more clients reaching out wanting to either call us on our hotline or seek protective orders or seek other services,” said Cordelia Heaney, the executive director at Compass Center, a program for domestic violence victims.

She said 79 people were murdered in North Carolina last year in a domestic violence relationship.

In 2017, more than 1200 people reached out to the center for help, records show that’s more than double from six years ago. 


Financial Counseling Services Could be Your Ticket to an Affordable Car

Financial Counseling Services Could be Your Ticket to an Affordable Car

Thanks to a partnership between Compass Center for Women and Families and Wheels4Hope, taking part in our financial counseling services could make you eligible for an affordable car.

Compass Center provides  free, one-on-one financial counseling sessions to anyone in the community. These sessions are a chance for you to learn more about:

  • Budgeting and saving
  • Credit
  • Buying a home
  • Creating a financial plan
  • Investing

In addition to learning skills to gain financial stability, participation in these sessions can get you one step closer to buying an affordable car from Wheels4Hope.  Wheels4Hope is a nonprofit that repairs used cars and sells them at reasonable prices to people who meet eligibility requirements and work with a partner nonprofit, like Compass Center, over a period of months. A detailed explanation of how the program works is pasted below.  Please note, there is no guarantee that your time with Compass Center will result in a Wheels4Hope car. 

If you would like to learn more, call Compass Center’s main line at 919-968-4610 or email LaKiera Grimes, our Self-Sufficiency Program Director, at

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Hiring a Court Advocacy and Community Response PAID Intern

Hiring a Court Advocacy and Community Response PAID Intern

Compass Center is hiring a Court Advocacy and Community Response intern.  The person in this role will directly assist clients in civil and criminal domestic violence court by providing:

  • Crisis intervention, active listening, and emotional support to individuals and families.
  • Community resources and referrals to address client’s needs.
  • Assistance with filling out domestic violence protection orders.

This is a paid internship that requires 15-17 hours a week.  

Click this link to view the full position description and application requirements.

August is Self-Care Month at Compass Center!

August is Self-Care Month at Compass Center!

 Compass Center is welcoming the month of August by celebrating self-care! 

Each year, August is one of the busiest months for staff. Many student volunteers take vacation time before the start of the next school year, leaving program staff to cover those volunteer roles. The team is also hard at work preparing for our multi-day,volunteer trainings in September.

But, we here at Compass Center practice what we preach. We’re not just braving through a busy month, we’re going to celebrate it by acknowledging each small victory and practicing acts of self-care.

Compass Center’s Fun Committee is leading the charge by providing simple pick-me-ups for the staff ranging from fruit-infused water, neighborhood walks, and even a Harry Potter puzzle in a common space to offer a bit of a mental break.

In the words of author Deborah Day, “Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.”

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