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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

Miles' Milestone

Miles' Milestone

Miles came to the D&M Transitional Housing Program (THP) in March of 2019. He was eager to make changes in his life but really didn’t know where to start or who could help him. Fortunately for Miles, he found the Transitional Housing Program at D&M. The staff at D&M saw an eager young man and were happy to support him in his journey. The THP program provides an apartment with a roommate to help young adults by providing a stable living environment. These apartments are based throughout the community to help participants integrate. The THP program also provides regular meetings with a social worker and other supportive staff as needed to ensure participants can access the tools they need to thrive.

Once Miles was settled into his apartment he was eager to find a job and start his adult life. He met with his social worker and discussed his goals and made a plan. His social worker introduced him to the David & Margaret Employment Specialist who provide coaching and the tools for Miles to hone the skills need to be ready to get a job. As a result of his hard work and solo through Miles was hired full-time at a gas station. Miles’ confidence and bank account have grown as a result of his first full-time job. Miles continues to build on his success and is now working with his social worker on a plan to enroll in community College. He is considering several vocational tracks and taking the time to make sure he chooses wisely.  When asked about Miles, his social worker had this to say “ Miles’ hard work throughout his time in the program is shown by always being punctual when it comes to weekly sessions and showing determination through his work. He is not only capable of living independently, but is exceptional when it comes to making his needs known to the David and Margaret staff. I am very proud of all he has accomplished.”

Make no mistake these accomplishments are huge for Miles! He has gone from being unhoused and unemployed to a young man preparing to go to college and build a successful career for himself. Miles is a contributing and valued member of our community! We can’t wait to see all that he accomplishes!

If you would like to learn more about David & Margaret’s Transitional Housing Program please see our website.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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