Community Support Drives Outcomes
Since the beginning of the pandemic, in addition to our comprehensive programs focused on shelter, housing, childcare, mental health services and employment support for thousands of San Francisco children and parents, Compass has expanded our offerings to meet needs that began to emerge at the beginning of the health crisis - emergency supplies, COVID-related rental assistance, hot meals and exponentially more groceries and food pantry items, technology for distance learning and more. It takes at least a village to support families during this unprecedented time of need and we’ve seen our village rise to the occasion through an immeasurable amount of community support and generosity.
Time and again, Compass volunteers showed up to make a difference for our families, whether through packing groceries, delivering furniture to a recently housed family’s new home, or helping organize clothes and toys at our 37 Grove service hub. Volunteers also helped launch innovative new initiatives to support Compass families. Our Homework Helpers project connected volunteer tutors with Compass children for weekly virtual tutoring, a meaningful supplement of academic support during distance learning. There is no task too small and every minute volunteers spent to support Compass meant more time for staff to provide critical direct services to families in distress. Last fiscal year, over 600 volunteers contributed over 10,000 volunteer hours to support Compass’ mission to help homeless and at-risk families achieve lasting stability and well-being.