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COMPASS Programs

Creating Opportunity and Making Personal Advancements to Self Sufficiency 

COMPASS Programs make up the

various programs available at David & Margaret dedicated to increasing resources and opportunities for youth facing diverse obstacles as they transition into adulthood through a comprehensive and holistic approach to wellness. 

These programs include:

COMPASS stands for:
Creating Opportunity and Making Personal Advancements to Self-Sufficiency. 

Each program is hand-tailored to meet the individual needs of each youth, focusing not only on their basic needs but forming the skills they need to become independent adults.

For youth in foster care, the abrupt transition into adulthood can be detrimental. The second these young adults “age out” they are expected to navigate through society; successfully and independently. Statistically speaking, and from the data we’ve collected in our own experience, this requirement proves to be an impossible task for most former foster youth.

This is through no fault of their own. These young people have not been equipped with the proper tools, knowledge, and resources to successfully transition into adulthood. Yes, these youth need to have their basic needs met through housing, food, and clothing; they also need life-skills training, career and employment support, and linkages to resources to truly be ready for life on their own.

For Additional Information, please contact  
Marissa Scholefield, COMPASS Director 

COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org 
909-596-5921 x3625

5 Questions: An interview with Wayne Wolcott, Supervisor, Transitional Housing Programs

5 Questions: An interview with Wayne Wolcott, Supervisor, Transitional Housing Programs

5 Questions: An interview with Wayne Wolcott, Supervisor, Transitional Housing Programs

A little bit about Wayne: He is Massachusetts born and bred, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sacred Heart University and a masters from the University of Massachusetts in clinical psychology. A doctorate is in his future (eventually), and he hopes to be accepted at the University of La Verne, where coincidentally his fiancée is an English professor. To balance out the stress of his job he plays basketball almost every day, and is “very, very, very into movies – all genres – more streaming and rentals than going to a theater. My fiancée and I like to go to flea markets and bookstores looking for bargains on DVDs.”

What do you like most about working here? “The fact that even though we don’t always see it, we’re making a difference in someone else’s life. To be fair, they don’t always realize it, either. We do hear from successful former clients from time to time. It’s not that we’re looking for gratitude, but it’s nice to hear.”

If you could learn anything, what would it be and why? “I’d love to learn to play an instrument – either piano, guitar, or violin. I have no musical talent, but love music and always have to be listening to something.”

Who is your role model? “My dad, because he’s not a quitter, no matter what adversity faces him. I always try to keep that in mind.”

When you were a kid, what did you want to be and why? “The plan was for me to be a doctor. In fact, I did two years of pre-med. But I wanted to be a surgeon, and I have bad knees, so standing for hours during a surgery wouldn’t be possible. I always wanted to help people, though, and in college my classmates would always come to me to talk about their problems. They said, ‘Hey, have you ever thought about psychology or therapy?’ It’s clear that that’s the way for me.”

What saying or motto do you live by? “I have two: one, ‘every single second is a chance to turn it all around,’ and two, ‘we should concern ourselves less with the pursuit of happiness and more with the happiness of pursuit.”

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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