“To me, Black History Month is just about pride,” said Shervin McCammon Program Manager of Pioneer Square Men’s Program and Day Services. “This is a month that we acknowledge the sacrifices and celebrate our aspirations and accomplishments. We’ve come so far.”
We serve Veterans throughout all of our programs, but Evan Mack of Renton Veterans Center, and Shree Vigil of Shoreline Veterans Center, run programs exclusively for those who have served and their families. They share why they do the work they do.
Korey was one of the first guests to move into our Otto's Place enhanced shelter in Pioneer Square. He faced numerous challenges finding permanent housing and bounced around from shelter to shelter - until he found Compass.
“It was just like a big weight off my shoulders, when I heard about the unit here at Compass.”
Veterans who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability need a distinct set of services from the general population. They also need people around them who are specifically skilled and trained to give them the care they need. That is exactly what they get at Compass Veterans Center: Shoreline known as SVC.
“I wish that I lived in a place like Compass on Dexter, or Ronald Commons, or at Broadview as a kid,” said Tawnie Fransen Director of Housing Operations. “If I had, I wouldn’t have been embarrassed and I would have been able to do the normal kid things like have friends over afterschool. What we do at Compass for children and families is so important, we help them overcome barriers and break the cycle of poverty.”
Jan & Peter’s Place (JPP) is now fully COVID-compliant after undergoing a redesign like the rest of our 24/7 enhanced emergency shelter programs, Otto’s Place, Pioneer Square Men’s Program, and the Blaine Center.
Anthony Williams is a Program Coordinator who works at two of our affordable housing buildings, Dekko Place and the Karlstrom. He works with individuals and families in downtown Seattle and leads with his heart.
Before I got to Compass, I was at a different shelter in the city. I never felt respected there, it was like I was just taking up space, stuck. I was depressed and hopeless and just waking up and falling asleep. It wasn’t until a former guest of Compass at First Presbyterian (CFP) talked to me about what Compass had done for them that things started to change.
Compass Housing Alliance (Compass) is enhancing the Compass Center in Pioneer Square by bringing an emergency housing program over from a location we have at First Presbyterian Church downtown, restructuring three floors of the building, and putting in other structural changes to enhance safety.