Welcoming Families

from around the globe

Equipping International Neighbors to Navigate New Beginnings

Compass is a non-profit organization serving Northwest Indiana’s international neighbors of all ages.

We offer free Adult English classes, Citizenship classes, K-12 student tutoring, Preschool English Learner classes, and childcare for children of our adult participants.

We also host a variety of social gatherings for all ages throughout the month. Please visit our calendar to learn more and consider joining us!

Open Arms

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Hand in Hand

Whether you are interested in learning with us, mentoring newcomers, or building community, what you will find is a warm place of welcome.

Learn with us!

Adult Classes, Tutoring, Preschool.

Volunteer with us!

Educate, Mentor, Serve.

Partner with us!

Give, Join, Contribute.

Valparaiso University Student Service Connections

In addition to our volunteers from the community and from many churches in the area, Compass has also welcomed hundreds of amazing Valparaiso University student volunteers over the past decade. A group of Valparaiso University also used Compass as the focus of a Media Project. Take a moment and watch their outstanding work!

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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 Fiorentino, Valparaiso University Graduate

Upcoming Events

  • Brandon work @ Grandpa Buzz’s?

    May 28, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Party @ Mom’s House

    May 28, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Summer Kick-Off Soccer Game & Cookout

    June 21, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Join us for a cookout at Calvary Church & Soccer Games for 6-12 & Adults and for K-5! Come ready to play or watch & cheer!

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 Fiorentino, 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

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)

The volunteers have big hearts and they are loving, kind and generous with their time, super patient, and the kids just brighten our days and I think that it's such a rewarding program. It's totally different here and I can really feel the benefit of my time with these kids and I know that my time is being used to its fullest potential. It's a really rewarding way to spend my Tuesday nights.

Allison Timmerman

Valparaiso University Graduate
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