Compass

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.

Program Goals

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.

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Staff

Regena Humphries, LICSW, LCSW

Program Director

Regena Humphries has provided services to adolescents, adults and families. She has a special interest in working with adults on the issues of anxiety, stress management and work/life balance. Humphries received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She earned a joint master’s degree in social work from North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has worked in various capacities for Catholic Charities in positions supporting child welfare and family preservation.

Rachel Doyle

Clinical Supervisor, Quality Assurance

Haley Drier

Clinical Supervisor

After graduating with a master’s degree in social work from The Catholic University of America as part of the first cohort of Compass interns in 2019, Haley Drier continued to apply her education and passion for the field with the Compass program. She has since been promoted to clinical supervisor. She is passionate about approaching social work with an open mind and heart to help create change toward social justice.

Bi'Anccha Andrews

Resource and Advocacy Manager

Bi’Anncha Andrews is a graduate student from North Carolina attending The Catholic University of America. Her interest in social policy fuels her passion as a change agent. Analyzing and providing insight on the ways that micro and macro levels correlate strengthens her work for social and economic development in disadvantaged communities. Currently, she serves as the Student Affairs Program Coordinator at Trinity Washington University. As a Pope Francis Scholar, she plans to attain the knowledge and resources that will place her one step closer to achieving systemic justice for underserved communities.

Joseph Garnett, MSW, LGSW

Community Liaison

Joey Garnett hails from Ward 8 of Washington, D.C., where his family instilled in him the importance of serving the community and promoting change. After graduating from The Catholic University of America as one of the first Pope Francis Scholars with a master’s degree in social work, he joined Compass as its community liaison for the Compass. In the role, he works on a high school initiative and develops partnerships within Wards 7 and 8.

Dasia Adams

Compass Partner

Dasia Adams is a licensed social worker from Maryland. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Coppin State University and a master’s degree in social work from The Catholic University of America. She aspires to one day open her own nonprofit for youth and families. In her spare time, she volunteers and engages in community outreach events.

Christina Swinney

Compass Partner

Christina Swinney graduated from Trinity Washington University with a bachelor’s degree with honors in health services. She also holds a master’s degree in social work from The Catholic University of America. She joined Compass as a Pope Francis Scholar.

Mariah Green

Compass Partner

A native Washingtonian, Mariah Green has dedicated her career to addressing the unmet needs of youth in low-income areas. Before joining Compass, she worked on the DC Department of Human Services’ youth homeless services team. Earlier, she worked as an associate consultant for Frontline Solutions, helping institutions in Philadelphia address leadership and work productivity challenges. She was a partnership manager for Urban Alliance, supervising a program model that provided paid internships and professional development workshops to college students. She is a graduate of Temple University.

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

Emely Fortiz

Intern

A native Washingtonian, Emely Fortiz will graduate from The Catholic University of America with her master’s degree in social work in 2024. She plans on working with migrants and women who have experienced domestic violence.

Raquel Ruiz

Intern

Raquel “Rocky” Ruiz will graduate from The Catholic University of America with a master’s degree in social work program in Spring 2024. A native of Washington, she has a passion for social work that stems from her interest in mental health awareness and access to care.

Alicia Wise

Intern

Alicia Wise, a native Washingtonian, is a first-year intern with Compass, pursuing her master’s degree in social work. Before joining Compass, she worked in early childhood education. As an undergraduate, she majored in psychology, focusing on family studies and educational psychology. She has served in administrative and direct-support positions for organizations that assist adults and children with differently abled needs. She is a member of the National Black Child Development Institute.

Christopher Zaragoza

Intern

Christopher Zaragoza is a graduate student in The Catholic University of America’s social work program. Before joining the Compass program, he participated in a year of service at The Father McKenna Center through Franciscan Mission Service. A first-generation college graduate, he would like to work with men who are experiencing homelessness and the immigrant/refugee community.

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