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Free Financial Workshop Series on Homeownership

Get a better understanding of the financials of the home buying process. During this 3-part workshop series, facilitators will explore the lending process, saving for home, and provide resources to make the dream of owning a home a reality.

Registration is required by February 1st. There are a limited number of slots available, so early registration is highly encouraged.


Schedule Your Meeting with a Law Student Today!

Compass Center partners with UNC School of Law to provide two, 30-minute meetings with a law student. The student will listen to your concerns and then conduct legal research to compose a legal memo* with relevant information regarding Family Law or Landlord-Tenant Law. This memo is reviewed and edited by a licensed attorney.

To make an appointment, call Compass Center at 919-968-4610 now through mid-November.


*Legal memos help clarify the legal issues that may pertain to your situation and help inform your decision whether or not to pursue legal action.

Attend the Financial Health Workshop!

Join Compass Center and Wells Fargo for an educational event walking you through the eight rules of thumb for financial health! This workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 6 from 6-7:30pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library in meeting room C. Call Compass Center at 919-968-4610 to register to attend.

North Carolina First Lady and Orange County Mayors Unite in Support of Domestic Violence Services

North Carolina First Lady and Orange County Mayors Unite in Support of Domestic Violence Services




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 16, 2018


North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper an Orange County Mayors Unite in Support of Domestic Violence Services

Appear in Video to Support Compass Center in The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse® Challenge

Chapel Hill, NC– The First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens and community leaders Sheriff Charles Blackwell and Mark Kleinschmidt are showing their support for Compass Center for Women and Families, the state-designated domestic violence agency for Orange County, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout October, Compass Center is competing to win money for domestic violence services as part of The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse® Challenge. In a video shared through social media, the leaders explain how Compass Center helps survivors of abuse on their journeys to safety, self-sufficiency, and health.

Compass Center is one of nearly 300 domestic violence organizations across the country participating in the 2018 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse® Challenge, which runs Oct. 2-31. Now in its fifth year, the annual friendly fundraiser, which coincides with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, helps state and local domestic violence organizations deal with funding gaps.  

Compass Center helps more than 1,200 survivors of domestic violence in Orange County every year through support services including a 24-hour hotline, court advocacy, support groups, emergency housing placement, and more. The depth and breadth of Compass Center’s services help survivors of abuse with immediate and practical needs such as filing domestic violence protective orders and emergency food supplies as well as assistance for the long-term, including career coaching and financial counseling.  Recently, Compass Center was awarded funding to expand its services in 2019 to include temporary housing and therapy for survivors their children.

“This is Compass Center’s first time competing in the Purple Purse Challenge and we are so grateful for the support we’ve received from community leaders,” said Compass Center Executive Director Cordelia Heaney. “By lending their voices and to this campaign, they are raising awareness about the life-saving services available to victims of abuse while also calling attention to need for additional funding to support these vital programs.”

As part of the national campaign, tennis champion, philanthropist and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program ambassador, Serena Williams, designed a limited-edition purse – a suede and leather purple backpack. The backpack, which some of community leaders hold in the Compass Center video, will be auctioned off at  “Passion for Purple,” a Cocktail benefit presented by Ellis Family Law on Oct. 18, from 6:00 p.m.-8 p.m. at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens.

For more information about the Purple Purse Challenge and the Passion for Purple Cocktail Benefit, visit  For Compass Center’s 24-hour domestic violence hotline, call 919-929-7122.



Meet Michelle! Our New Career Service Intern!

Meet Michelle, our new Career Service Intern!  

Michelle is a career counseling student at North Carolina Central University who is interning at Compass Center to help clients reach their career goals. 

Michelle is available to provide clients with individual career counseling sessions which can be tailored to a client’s needs. Sessions could include mock interviews, resume editing, and networking tips. Additionally, Michelle will be running the Access to Career Development Support Groups for survivors of domestic abuse to focus on their career goals and future career planning. 

Michelle’s services will allow more clients to receive individualized career counseling and maximize their chances of meeting their career objectives.   

 “Through completing my internship here, I hope to help clients become more confident in their career goals and resolving conflicts around occupational fit,” says Michelle. “Finding a career that incorporates your values and interests is critical to overall life satisfaction so I enjoy being a part of that process.”

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Calendar

Compass Center’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month Calendar

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Join Compass Center and our community partners to bring awareness to domestic violence and community resources. 

Attend the Purple Purse Kick-Off Party!

Join us for this fundraiser at Blue Dogwood Public Market in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Five percent of sales benefit Compass Center as they compete to win money for domestic violence services as part of the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge. All vendors are participating.

Oct 4. 11 am – 9 pm


306 W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill, NC, 27516

Letting People Know Help Is Out There- Why I Give

“Letting People Know Help Is Out There”

Why I Give

Lourdes and the team at Gracie Chapel Hill Jiu-Jitsu

I believe Compass Center is important because it helps people find a way to change their lives. Women and families are often in situations where change on their own without assistance is difficult or even impossible. I wanted to raise money for Compass Center and, more importantly, raise awareness in the community that Compass Center can help people get out of an abusive relationship.

I think the work they do on the crisis hotline is so important. Sometimes people in abusive situations feel uncomfortable telling friends and family what is going on, so the ability to speak to someone anonymously and for them to have that compassion and listen to their story is so meaningful. It gives people strength because they finally have someone saying “you’re not crazy” when someone in their life might be telling them that “you are crazy,” or that “no one’s going to believe you.”


One of the things that Compass Center does is supply food and basic needs to survivors of domestic violence and their children who have to leave an abusive situation with nothing but the clothes on their backs. I wanted to do something to help.  I thought, every dollar that can be raised for Compass Center could be for diapers, someone’s food, or a safety phone for someone who needs to call the police or seek shelter.  So, I approached my friends at Chapel Hill Gracie Jiu-Jitsu about hosting a fundraiser.  They said “yes” right away.  We decided to host a roll-a-thon or “sparring” event and raised money on a crowd funding website. It was a huge success!  We had so much support from the jiu-jitsu community across the East Coast.  It was a real community effort.  Together we raised more than $4,000 for Compass Center!


I can’t tell you how many people came up to me and were so glad I suggested this event because they know someone who has been in a bad situation. Everyone had a story. My primary focus for the donation was to create awareness. I wanted people to know that if they needed help, there was somebody out there. I’m really excited that we raised a lot of money, but even if we reached just one person that found Compass Center and found their voice to get out of their situation, that is the win.


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.

Compass Center to Provide Housing and Mental Health Services to Survivors of Domestic Violence

Compass Center to Provide Housing and Mental Health Services to Survivors of Domestic Violence



Compass Center to Provide Housing and Mental Health Services to Survivors of Domestic Violence in Orange County  

Chapel Hill, NC– Compass Center for Women and Families will expand its services to include housing and mental health support thanks to a 2-year grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission and additional support from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s Community Reinvestment Initiative. The Chapel Hill-based nonprofit will provide vitally needed transitional housing assistance and therapeutic services to victims of domestic violence and their children in Orange County. 

Compass Center is the state-designated domestic violence service provider for Orange County.  In that role, Compass Center offers a 24-hour hotline, court advocacy services, support groups, emergency housing placement, and more to victims of domestic violence. The county does not have a domestic violence shelter or transitional housing for survivors of abuse.  As a result, victims get displaced to shelters in other counties, creating a significant negative impact on work, schooling, and support.  Thanks to the a $350,000 Governor’s Crime Commission grant, made possible in part by a cash match of $15,914 from the Cardinal Innovations grant, Compass Center will be able to directly pay for clients’ housing needs including rent and utility payments for up to 120 days, beginning early next year.

Affordable therapy is a gap for trauma survivors looking for symptom relief and healing.  With this grant, Compass Center’s hotline and in-person domestic violence advocates will assess clients’ needs for therapeutic services and connect them to contract therapists in the community.  Compass Center will provide at least 54 victims of domestic violence and/or their children with therapy services in the next two years.

“Housing and mental health services are critical to helping victims of domestic violence and their families live safe, stable, and healthy lives,” said Cordelia Heaney, Executive Director of Compass Center. “By adding these services we enhance our existing model of providing crisis care and long-term support to help survivors of domestic abuse move forward. These clients can take advantage of our financial counseling, career coaching, and family law information services as well, giving them the best chance a secure future.”


Compass Center for Women and Families

Compass Center for Women and Families helps 6,000 people a year navigate their journeys to self-sufficiency, safety, and health. The nonprofit empowers individuals and promotes equal access to opportunity regardless of gender or economic status. Compass Center services include career and financial education, domestic violence crisis and prevention programs, assistance with legal resources, and youth health programs. For more information, visit


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