Compass is a neighborhood-based mobile team that provides intensive case-management services to adults in D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8.
About the Program
Compass supports individuals and families to help them achieve their goals as they navigate from scarcity to resiliency. With the motto “Navigated by You,” Compass participants direct the interaction they have with the program and set and work toward their own goals. A Compass partner accompanies them on their journey.
The program is staffed by social work professionals and graduate students selected as Pope Francis Scholars.
Guided by person-centered care, the program’s goals are:
- Responding to the underlying needs and emergent concerns of residents in Ward 7 and 8.
- Strengthening resiliency, promoting well-being and encouraging income self-sufficiency.
- Fostering long-lasting relationships through interactions that include case management, community engagement and goal achievement.
- Working with member participants to provide web-accessible case managers who meet members where they choose — either in the community or in their home.
Helping to create synergy around the D.C. neighborhoods of Washington Highlands, Bellevue and Congress Heights.
Collaborate With Us
Are you an organization or program looking to partner with Compass? If you would like us to visit your organization and spread the word about the work of Compass, please contact us.
Regena Humphries, LICSW, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor, Quality Assurance
Resource and Advocacy Manager
Joseph Garnett, MSW, LGSW
The Pope Francis Scholarship
Among those working in the Compass program are graduate students who have qualified and received a scholarship from Catholic Charities to attend the School of Social Work at The Catholic University of America. During their time as students and Pope Francis Scholars, they will complete their field placement at Catholic Charities working as interns in the Compass program. After graduating, they will become employees of Catholic Charities.
Students who go on to work full time with Compass are active participants in the development and progression of the Compass program while gaining valuable hands-on experience in the ever-changing field of social work.
Applications for the Pope Francis Scholar program are accepted in the spring.
Pope Francis Scholars who have gone on to work in other capacities at Catholic Charities include:
- Maureen Fitzpatrick, class of 2019, Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Service
- Karen Jones, class of 2020, School Based Mental Health
- Joseline Araujo, class of 2020, MCM
- Sakira Coleman, class of 2021, Anchor Counseling
- Anna Heath, class of 2021, School Based Mental Health
- Danielle Cormier, class of 2021, Quality Assurance
- Tanazia Mathew, class of 2022, Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Service
- Raziya Wells, class of 2022, Adult and Children Clinical Services
Pope Francis Scholars
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Our services are available to anyone regardless of race, religion, orientation or status. We offer access to food, a warm place to rest and attention to physical and mental needs through eight areas of care:
Each person has the potential to participate in their community.
Access to professional services and mentors allows individuals to thrive.
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