The nonprofit organization previously offered self-sufficiency services, including financial education and career programs, from the Henderson Street office. Domestic violence and support group services were located in a second office at 207 Wilson St.
Ilyasah Shabazz, development and marketing coordinator for the Compass Center, said the offices were consolidated so clients can more easily access all the services the organization offers.
“If someone were to come in and see us for a financial appointment or a career appointment, and it comes up that they also have experience with abuse, we can refer them internally versus asking them to come to a different location,” Shabazz said.
The location change is the second phase of the July 2012 merger that combined the Women’s Center and the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County into the Compass Center.
Ardith Burkes, interim executive director of the Center, said the change will provide a more comfortable experience for clients.
“It’s easier for the clients to have just one spot to come to so they can get to know all the staff and volunteers, they get to know one space and it can feel really comfortable,” Burkes said.
Though the Compass Center served thousands of individuals between the two offices last year, Burkes said it will be able to help just as many clients from one office this year.
Sam Heath, a UNC student and hotline advocate for the Compass Center, said the change has made it easier for him to make sure the clients he speaks with get as much help as possible.