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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


Drag Queen Bingo is Back!

Back by popular demand, Compass Center will host another Drag Queen Bingo! On Saturday, July  21, friend of Compass Center,  Vivica C. Coxx, will once more entertain the crowd while raising funds for Compass Center’s services. Come ready to play!

Spring Pittsboro Antique Fair

Spring Pittsboro Antique Fair

The Spring Pittsboro Antique sale is coming up, and this year, proceeds will benefit Compass Center! During the weekend of May 18-20, visit the Alpha Center to shop for vintage and antique home decorations, furniture, jewelry, art, pottery, books & collectibles. There will also be face painting, food trucks and much more! Admission is $5 and children under 16 are free. Free parking is available. For more information, visit 

Empowering Journeys Video

Empowering Journeys Video

April 18, 2018

The Compass Center’s Empowering Journeys video features client testimonials about our domestic violence, self-sufficiency, and adolescent health programs. It premiered at our Empowering Journeys luncheon and illustrates how Compass Center supports clients as they navigate challenging times.


Compass Center’s Annual Fall Appeal Campaign is Underway

Compass Center’s Annual Fall Appeal Campaign is Underway

“I Got The Job!”  – – Hearing those four words is the best thank you we can get at Compass Center. When we see a client who walks in to the Henderson Street House hopeless and desperate and then within weeks their entire world turns around, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

It also makes it worthwhile to ask our partners to continue their invaluable support by giving during our annual Fall Appeal . Please read our September newsletter to learn exactly how we helped this mom get that job and thrive after surviving domestic violence.

If you truly want to help make a significant difference in your community, this is a great opportunity to do so. You have the ability to help us share more stories like this one. Thank you and DONATE  today.



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Compass Center Offering Free Income Tax Assistance through VITA

Compass Center Offering Free Income Tax Assistance through VITA

Compass Center for Women and Families is once again offering free income tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

On Mondays from February 8 through April 11, our 2016 VITA services will be offered at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.

Click here for eligibility and appointment information, or call our office at 919-968-4610 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please do not call the Library.

You may also make an appointment online by clicking here.

Compass Center is the only VITA site in Orange County that can prepare tax returns for foreign students and scholars. Appointments must be made by calling Compass Center at 919-968-4610.

Your appointment: Please arrive 20 minutes before your appointment time and allow an additional two hours for tax preparation and review. Click here for what to bring to your appointment.

The VITA program Is staffed by IRS-trained and certified volunteers to help low- to moderate-income individuals and families avoid preparation fees and maximize their tax credits. VITA tax assistance for federal and NC state income tax is free tax preparation for those who meet eligibility guidelines.  VITA services do not include bankruptcy, foreclosure or rental income. Limited services are available for self-employment income.

Free VITA tax assistance is also available at other sites in Orange County. Call 919-245-4242 (English) or 919-245-2010 (Spanish) for appointments. Search for VITA locations in other counties.


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