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Spending quality time with those you love is not only good for the soul, it’s a great step toward living an altruistic life. But how do you put the quality in quality time? Check out these ways to make the most of quality time to help you on your journey toward an altruistic lifestyle. 

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, COMPASS Programs is taking time to support our local heroes who keep our communities safe.

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching so quickly. Wasn’t it just 2020, after all? Time flies faster than you think, which is why it’s important to think about your end-of-year giving plan now. 

Life has been hard lately on us all, but September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. It’s a month dedicated to checking in with yourself, being kind to your inner monologue and truly making sure you get what you need to fill up your cup.

Although there are a ton of heavy issues going on in the world today, nonprofit organizations are a bright spot in the world, helping to provide relief and aid to a variety of important causes.

Through housing, educational resources, and financial aid assistance provided by COMPASS Programs, Kayla is on her way to the University of La Verne this fall for a degree in Business - all while running her own nonprofit focused on female empowerment!

When you open yourself up to actively listening, you’ll be surprised at how much you gain in return. Check out these tips to implement active listening into your lifestyle, as well as what you can take away in return!

In the last six months, COMPASS Programs has seen a huge boost in participation following the easing of some COVID restrictions and adapting to best serve the needs of the young adults in the program. With new ways to participate in learning life skills, social events coming back to COMPASS Point, and a boom of new participants, COMPASS Programs supports more youth in more ways than ever.

August 14 is recognized as Financial Awareness Day. You can celebrate by planning your own future, teaching others to plan for theirs or giving back to your community.

When it comes to our world, it’s always a good time to check in with how we can love it back for providing us with a home all these years.

Friday, July 30 is considered International Day of Friendship. Celebrate with these ways you can show the people you love the most just how much they mean to you.

Earning a college degree is a pathway to independence that many young adults aging out of foster care cannot access. The COMPASS Training Program (CTP) provides young adults help with applications, financial aid assistance, tutoring, and monetary compensation for classroom time. By reducing the barriers to post-secondary education, young adults are more likely to obtain higher-paying jobs, stable housing, crucial social skills, and, ultimately, independence.

While normally “back to school” is reserved for children, it turns out that this time of year is important for every age. That’s because you’re never too old to continue learning, and it can help you live up to your true potential in everyday life.

July is Disability Awareness month! For young adults with disabilities in the foster care system, aging out presents unique challenges. Learn about how COMPASS Programs supports youth with disabilities on their journey to independence.

Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean it’s too late to set and achieve big things yet this year. While reevaluating your existing goals, throw in some hard-to-reach newer goals and set your sights high.

Life happens, and focusing on all aspects of your health is easier said than done. Take small steps in each area to start building solid habits!

Making a difference in a child’s life sounds like a daunting task, but small acts of kindness can add up and make a huge difference. Start small, like an hour spent volunteering or mentoring.

Young adults with a history of foster care are two times more likely to be diagnosed with PTSD than military veterans. COMPASS Program's holistic approach to wellness not only provides young adults with access to necessary mental health services but also assists with education and career attainment, stable and affordable housing, life skills training, and more, ensuring a pathway to independence.

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It comes and goes with little warning. The good news is, you can always reignite inspiration when you’re feeling uninspired.

COMPASS Program hosted their quarterly Resource Fair this past Tuesday, focusing on local community organizations with services and programs that promote Intellectual Wellness.

While summer is a time of fun, it can also be a time to help mold amazing qualities, like giving back to the community. Ask your children to choose an activity that also gives back

LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented in a foster care system that often does not meet their needs. COMPASS Programs is devoted to creating a safe, supportive, and affirming environment for all youth, regardless of identity, through a holistic approach to wellness.

If you’re able, use World Blood Donor Day as a time to give back and save lives by donating blood. If you aren’t able to safely do so, consider helping out in one of the various other ways to help spread awareness.

Olivia was placed into foster care at 15 years old. With the support of COMPASS Programs, Olivia used her unfaltering determination to overcome many obstacles. This coming fall, Olivia will be attending California State University of Los Angeles, her dream school where she will pursue a degree in social work so she can support other youth with similar backgrounds.

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, COMPASS Point hosted a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion event in the Drop-In Center last Friday.

To celebrate Foster Care Awareness Month we are highlighting stories shared by Foster Parents with the FFA! This week Elisha shares her insights and advice to those considering foster care.

May is Foster Care Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Month! In this article, we highlight the correlation between the two topics and address the ways COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret support the mental and overall health of youth with a history of foster care.

Five ways to support foster parents in your community this Foster Care Awareness Month!

John and Vicki Hoffner have been making a difference as foster parents with David & Margaret for a little over a year. They accepted their first placement of two school-aged boys in January of 2020 after completing their certification process with the Foster Family and Adoption Agency!

Learn more about Mark's journey with the COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services! These programs support young adults with a history of foster care as they work towards independence.

Bonelli Bluffs RV Resort and Campground recently hosted an incredible Vintage RV and Car Show. They used the proceeds to make in difference in the lives of children, youth, and families with a history of foster care and donated a portion of all proceeds to David & Margaret Youth and Family Services.

Spring is here and COMPASS in-person events have started once again! Recently, COMPASS Point hosted the Spring Time Celebration, where participants engaged in fun activities, a super yummy lunch, and spend some time getting to know one another!

Learn all about the Foster Care and Adoption Agency at David & Margaret! Read stories from real foster parents and get an inside look at what it takes to become Resource Family Certified! The latest edition of the Quarterly Newsletter is one you won't want to miss!

Aricka, a COMPASS Training Program participant, shares the ways she has grown since joining the program. She has completed various workshops and classes

It's opening day for Major League Baseball and spring is in the air! Did you know MLB also has some strong connections to foster care and adoption?

In honor of Women's History Month and Social Worker Month, we're highlighting the leading ladies behind the field of Social Work!

March is Social Worker Month! David & Margaret has many programs that utilize the expertise of social workers, including COMPASS Programs. Marlene Medina is a social worker in the Transitional Housing Program where she supports youth and young adults with a history of foster care.

In 2019 David & Margaret applied for a grant with AmeriCorps and received funding for four VISTAs to come in and help shape and grow the COMPASS Programs at D&M that provide housing and other supportive services to youth and young adults with a history of foster care also known as Transitional Aged Youth or TAY. The VISTA members have been a huge support in the development of the COMPASS Point Drop-in Center, which is the physical resource center located on campus dedicated to providing essential services to at-risk young adults in this community.

This International Women's Day we would like to spotlight Marissa Scholefield, Director of COMPASS Programs. Marissa has been serving at-risk youth and young adults for 13 years. She is a leader with a vision of what can be for the young adults she serves. She is focused, upbeat and persistent with a dose of magical thinking when needed. This and her dedication make her the right person to lead COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret.

Get to know Brenda Evans, Foster Care Social Worker. After an unexpected life change, Brenda decided to go back to school to study sociology and

Welcome back to our "meet the board" blog post series. We hope you enjoy learning about our leaders and discovering a bit about who they are and what led them to lead the organization during this transformative time. Today's interview is with board member RayVillanueva.

Your help is needed. In the past year, more children and families have experienced devastating trauma and loss than in recent times. Children entering foster care at an alarming rate, a mental health crisis impacting children and youth, and homelessness at an all-time high. These populations need support now more than ever. David & Margaret is here to serve them, but we need your help to meet the demand.

In 2020, D&M welcomed four AmeriCorps VISTAs into COMPASS Point Drop-In Center team to help build the program. The goal of an AmeriCorps VISTA member is to work alongside community members to meet challenges and advance local solutions. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve at an organization full-time for one year, during which they are given specific projects to build capacity for non-profit and public agencies through community engagement, funding, and develop programmatic infrastructure.

The latest edition of the Quarterly Newsletter is now availble! Vol. 3 Issue 1 is an exciting read- the COMPASS Programs Commemorative Issue focuses on the various COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret dedicated to supporting youth and young adults with a history of foster care!

We celebrate it each year in February, but many are unsure of how it became such an event. For this, we have Carter G. Woodson to thank. Learn how Black History Month evolved from a week-long celebration to what it is today.

Welcome back to our "meet the board" blog post series. We hope you enjoy learning about our leaders and discovering a bit about who they are and what led them to lead the organization during this transformative time. Today's interview is with board member and San Dimas resident, Kevin Kearney. Kevin is currently a City Manager in the San Gabriel Valley, he is truly a great man and we hope you

COMPASS Staff run a Bi-Monthly Food Bank Distribution for the community on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 11 am-3 pm! All qualifying families and individuals are encouraged to attend. Simply drive up to the designated parking area in the COMPASS Point (and Dave and Maggie’s Center) parking lot and pop your trunk. COMPASS staff will place your items in your vehicle, ensuring a safe and contactless transition. 

This month, the La Verne Chamber celebrated their 2021 Excellence in La Verne Awards. David & Margaret Youth and Family Services was honored to receive the award for Non-Profit of the Year for excellence in providing critical services and supporting at-risk communities during the coronavirus pandemic. David & Margaret was recognized for the broadening of services with the opening of COMPASS Point which supports young adults with a history of foster care, demonstrating creativity and innovation in meeting the needs of the La Verne community,  promoting volunteerism, demonstrating growth and stability, and making a worthwhile impact on society and individuals. 

Today is the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century! To highlight the occasion here are 21 facts regarding the populations served at D&M. Each face grim statistics but because of your support, they are able to receive crucial life-changing services.

Joan Macy School transitioned to virtual learning this year- while change can be challenging, nothing is too difficult for these dedicated students.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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