WELCOME!

Compass has welcomed hundreds of amazing Valparaiso University student volunteers over the past seven years. This last spring a group of students used Compass as the focus of their marketing final project. They made an amazing video that helps share ways that Compass is impacting our diverse group of students. Take a moment and watch their outstanding work!

 

We at Compass International Family Center stand together with the African American community against injustice and discrimination. We have witnessed the effects of systemic racism first-hand, having walked with immigrant and refugee families of all colors for over a decade. The recent events of bold discrimination against our African American neighbors have only heightened our desire to be a lamp stand in Northwest Indiana of welcome and inclusivity to all.

It has always been our commitment to create a place where our diverse families know that no matter where they are from, their skin color, what language they speak, or what religion they profess, they will receive open arms and welcome at Compass. It is our great hope that this will grow to be true across Northwest Indiana, our nation, and globe, as a result of people making their voices heard in this troubling time. We are committed to listen, lament, learn, and to speak out for those on the fringes of our community, using our voice for those whose cries have been silenced for far too long.

As God's love compels us, we stand with our African American friends and neighbors, calling for community transformation. It is our commitment to be a part of the change that builds a community in which all have a sense of belonging, a place where justice and equality prevail.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Utilizing masks and appropriate social distancing, Compass will begin our Summer Session on June 23rd! You can find all of our June and July dates on the calendar below. All sessions will be held outside at our regular location, so they will be dependent on dry weather. Please bring your mask if you have one, but we will have extras if not. We also hope you'll bring your friends, family, and neighbors!

TESTIMONIALS:

Compass has significantly impacted my life. I just hope that our efforts as volunteers have given as much to the kids as they have given to us. I have been volunteering since my sophomore year and going to the program is always the highlight of my week. This is because of all of the amazing people there that are united for the same great cause. I believe that this program is excellent for the Valparaiso University students to not only advance in their studies, but to also excite the kids about finding a profession and stress the importance of diligent study habits in order to be well-prepared for the future. The most beautiful thing is that, throughout the time that I have been there, I have truly seen this become a reality.

Alissa Fiorntino, Valparaiso University Graduate

Compass makes me proud and work hard for four years. It’s a really fun school. I hope more people join us, because it is fun and I love my tutor. I see that I have improved a lot in reading. I also have made A LOT of friends here. I think kids should go here.

Elementary School Student from Kurdistan

I came to Compass since last winter. It is very helpful for me and for my kids too. I learned English from this Compass and want to mention about all the volunteers. They are friendly and very kind with us. I never forget them.

Parent & Participant from China

I am so happy that my two children and I participate at the Compass Program. I am also happy that Compass is offering English classes for adults. Since I do not speak English well yet, it makes it hard for me to help my children with homework. I can tell a difference in my kids when they do not come to the program. They get easily frustrated and their grades suffer. They get better comments from their teachers after attending Compass and enjoy school so much more!

Parent & Adult English Student from Mexico (Translated)

Doing homework on tutoring nights with my tutor is my favorite school night of the week. The tutors are very helpful and make learning so much more fun. My parents do not speak English, so coming to tutoring is important to me. It gives me a place where adults can help me with my school work in English, like my teachers speak.

9th grader at Valparaiso High School

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