Success Stories: Nuria & Emily

Their Story

Nuria was a certified Medical Assistant, but tragic life circumstances led to a gap in work experience and ultimately homelessness for her and her young daughter, Emily. After spending many nights in a homeless shelter, they were accepted into Compass Clara House, our 18 to 24 month transitional housing program where families live in private apartments and receive intensive wrap-around support.

Once Nuria and Emily were stabilized and ready to get back on track, Compass pointed Nuria in the direction of Jewish Vocational Service and their Medical Assistant Refresher program. This opened the door at Kaiser Permanente with an externship, and now she is working at Kaiser Permanente full-time! And through our collaboration with Homeless Prenatal Program, Nuria and Emily were approved for a housing subsidy and they are now stably housed.


Compass Clara House

An intensive, yet supportive, environment where great things can happen. With a focus on education, the 18 to 24-month live-in program helps each family to build a lasting foundation for success.


  • Housing in 13 individual family apartments within a uniquely supportive community

  • 18 to 24-month action plans designed with each family to help clients achieve their education, career and housing goals

  • Intensive case management and onsite therapy

  • Hands-on employment, education, and life skills support for parents

  • Full-day licensed childcare for children through age five, and an afterschool homework and tutoring program for older children and teenagers

  • Housing search assistance for families graduating from the program

  • Follow-up after-care support provided for one year

Other Programs

Compass Family Services achieves success with our clients through multiple different programs that include childcare, mental health, family resources, educational assistance, and employment services. More than 90% of families who complete our housing programs achieve long-lasting stable housing.

None of our programs would be possible without the dedicated help of volunteers and donors.

Becoming a Donor

It doesn’t take much to make a huge difference. Compass Family Services has an automated monthly donation program, where you can choose how much you would like to donate every month, with the option of opting out anytime. Donate today!

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