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Member Spotlight: COMPASS

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Thursday, June 25, 2020

 

Especially now in the coronavirus crisis, Compass remains open to serve the members of the LGBTQ+ population and people living with and impacted by HIV in Palm Beach County.

The Lake Worth Beach-based center is offering virtual support groups and therapy sessions, as well as other services.

For many, Compass is a vital community organization.

We asked the center’s leadership to explain their mission and the kind of impact they are making during these challenging times.  

 

1) Explain what COMPASS does in the community.

Compass saves lives. We save lives by offering services to members of the LGBTQ+ population and people living with and impacted by HIV, in Palm Beach County.

Through Compass, people are able to access no-cost mental health therapy, get case management if they are living with HIV, get a free HIV test, and help getting connected to resources for HIV prevention, such as PrEP medications, and of course, in a normal year, attend fun community-minded events like Palm Beach Pride and the Stonewall Ball. 

 

2) How has COVID 19 impacted your operations, and what services are you still offering?

We have had to cancel all in-person events, but most support groups and therapy sessions are being offered virtually. All case management services are being offered virtually or over the phone, and at-home HIV tests are being mailed to community members who request them, in lieu of in-person testing. 

Nearly all staff are working remotely, and the center is closed to in-person visitors, but we feel that with the virtual options available to us, we are still able to be there for our community. 



3) Explain the difference COMPASS has made in the community through the years.

When Compass began as the Stop AIDS Project of South Florida in 1988, our goal was to educate the community about HIV and AIDS, to slow its spread and reduce the stigma associated with living with HIV. That goal has since expanded to include offering life-saving support to the entire LGBTQ community of Palm Beach County, no matter their age or situation.

We’ve helped people come out to their friends, family and employers, we’ve gotten people the mental health care they need, and we’ve helped countless people learn their HIV status and get into care.  

 

4) How has Nonprofits First helped your organization?

Nonprofits First offers high quality trainings across a wide range of topics, from using Excel to being a compassionate leader to being aware of racial biases in our dealings with others. The accreditation process NPF offers always helps us as an organization to be stronger, more transparent, and better prepared to deal with whatever may come our way.

Learn more about COMPASS here.

Photo thanks to Jim Stafford Photography.

 

 

If you know a great story about a local nonprofit, please share it with Charlotte Gill, Nonprofits First’s director of development and business strategies. Her email is: cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org

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