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Hiring a Financial Advocate!

 

The primary responsibility of the Financial Advocate is to assist individuals in assessing their financial position, identify financial goals and create a plan to address these goals. This includes conducting outreach to community organizations to recruit clients, and developing, implementing, and evaluating client-centered and trauma-sensitive direct services to clients. The Financial Advocate will empower and hold clients accountable to their financial decisions and actions, and focus on behavior change. They will also receive domestic violence advocate training and work closely with our domestic violence crisis services team to provide responsive services for survivors facing unique challenges maintaining economic success. This position reports directly to the Self-Sufficiency Programs Director.

For more information about the position, please click here!

Seeking Licensed Mental Health Professionals to Work with DV Survivors and Children

Seeking Licensed Mental Health Professionals to Work with DV Survivors and Children

At Compass Center we know that mental health support is an important part of the healing process for many of our clients. As we prepare to implement the recently announced housing and mental health grant in 2019, we are excited to begin recruiting fully licensed mental health clinicians in Orange County, NC, who are interested in contracting with Compass Center to provide individual therapy to adults and children impacted by domestic violence in our community. Click the link below to learn more and get in touch!

 

Licensed Mental Health Clinician

Compass Center’s Advice for Talking to Children about Healthy Relationships featured on CarolinaParent.com

Compass Center’s Advice for Talking to Children about Healthy Relationships featured on CarolinaParent.com

Compass Center’s Director of Education Programs, Valerie Sauer, recently served as a guest editor for CarolinaParent.com.

In “How to Talk to Your Child About Healthy Dating Relationships,” Sauer gives parents tips about how to broach the subject and how teens today may approach dating differently than previous generations.

Sauer also gives a list of “dating rights” that parents can incorporate into the discussion to encourage teens to think critically about what it means to be in a healthy relationship. Dating rights include:

  • You have the right to feel safe and respected.
  • You have the right to decide who you want to date or not date.
  • You have the right to choose when/if you have sex and who you have sex with.
  • You have the right to say no at any time (to sex, to drugs or alcohol, to a relationship), even if you’ve said yes before.

To read the guest blog, visit CarolinaParent.com.

October Career Workshops

This month, Compass Center brings to you some exciting career development workshops. See below for further details on the events you can attend to prepare yourself for your next job.

Compass Center’s 2017-2018 Annual Report

Compass Center’s 2017-2018 Annual Report

Compass Center Annual Report 2017-2018

Compass Center was formed six years ago with the goal of empowering people as they navigate their journeys to safety, self-sufficiency and health. We believe in meeting people without judgement and supporting them as they make choices that they feel are best for themselves and their families.

Last year was a record-breaking year for us! We set our sights on no only reaching more people, but also on expanding our capacity to serve clients. We did exactly that and serve more than 6,000 people.

View our 2017-2018 Annual Report to learn more about our work and see highlights from the year!

 

Help Compass Center Win the Purple Purse Challenge!

Help Compass Center Win the Purple Purse Challenge!
 
 
 
Compass Center is taking part in the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge. Each October, the Purple Purse Challenge unites nonprofits in a competition to raise funds for life-changing services to help domestic violence survivors. The money raised benefits Compass Center, Orange County’s state-designated domestic violence agency. By participating in the competition we can win additional money from Allstate, including weekly prizes up to $5,000 or the grand prize of $100,000. The Challenge starts on Oct. 2 at 12 p.m. EST.
 
Serena Williams is this year’s spokesperson and purple purse designer. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle , Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, and Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood will be lending their support to the Purple Purse challenge in October. Stay tuned for that!
 
We are so grateful for their support. But, we also need YOU, our friends, supporters, and volunteers.
 
How You Can Help 
 
Please consider joining our team as a fundraiser. By setting up a fundraiser for our cause and reaching out to your network of friends and family, you can help us make an even bigger impact.
 
It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is click on our crowdrise Purple Purse campaign page, and click ‘Join the Team.’ 
 
If for some reason you can’t fundraise for our campaign, we’ll reach out when the Challenge launches to ask you to give to our cause. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small. 
 
Thank you in advance for your support. 
 
If you have any questions about the Purple Purse Challenge, contact Vivian Muzyk at communications@compassctr.org or call 919-968-4610.

You’re Invited to Passion for Purple!

You’re Invited to Passion for Purple!

On Thursday October 18th, 2018  Ellis Family Law, PLLC is presenting “Passion for Purple” a cocktail party benefiting Compass Center in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or DVAM.

DVAM is observed every year throughout the month of October, and is an opportunity to deepen our community’s understanding of issues, share resources and, most importantly, support survivors.

See our sponsors and get all the details on our Passion for Purple page.

Compass Center Feels like Coming Home

Compass Center Feels like Coming Home

Valerie Sauer has joined Compass Center as Director of Education Programs, a position focused on outreach and education in the community and in schools.

“Compass Center, for me, feels like coming home. I was working for a domestic violence agency in another county and it was a tremendous opportunity for growth, both personally and professionally, but I really owe so much to Compass Center. They provided me with great opportunities for growth and development, and it’s largely due to Compass Center that I chose this profession. I’m excited to be working for an organization that I believe aligns with me in terms of my organizational values.

My first volunteer position with Compass Center was in 2013.  I started as a child care volunteer and then moved to hotline advocate, community outreach intern, and then to part-time childcare specialist. It was the because of the encouragement from the staff that I got to try on different hats and see what was going to fit best with my interests. The more I learned about Compass Center’s mission, the more I got involved in the community, and the more I invested myself in the work.

Compass Center is a place of resources, healing, and hope for so many folks in our community. I’m so grateful to be back at Compass Center and explore this new role! I’m looking forward to working with people across all of Orange County, serving my hometown,  and continuing to challenge the perceptions of what domestic violence looks like in our community.”

Compass Center is a place of resources, healing, and hope for so many folks in our community. I’m so grateful to be back at Compass Center and exploring this new role! I’m looking forward to working with people across all of Orange County, serving my hometown,  and continuing to challenge the perceptions of what domestic violence looks like in our community.”

-Valerie Sauer
Director of Education Programs
Compass Center for Women and Families

 

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 stability@compassctr.org.

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