Friday, October 31, 2014

Compass House gets grant, preps for winter

Theresa Gibson, youth counselor at Compass House, the area’s only shelter for both male and female teens, shows off non-perishable items collected for the winter months. For 42 years, Compass House, 370 Linwood Ave, has helped runaway and homeless teens with safe temporary shelter and services to help transition them into adulthood. November marks the beginning of National Homeless Youth Awareness month, and the recent reinstatement of a $230,000 federal grant lost in January comes just in time for the most taxing season of the year for Compass House. Rising heat and electric costs as well as an increased demand for services has left the house still searching for seasonal donations. By Taylor Gesel and Nathaniel Smith