About Us

Compass International Family Center equips international neighbors of all ages in Northwest Indiana with the educational services and support needed to thrive in their new community.

Compass warmly welcomes immigrants, refugees, students, and visiting international neighbors into our community of Valparaiso and community of learning. Walking together, we equip newcomers of all ages with the skills needed to thrive and make Northwest Indiana home. We not only provide language support and education, but also cultural training and advocacy as our families adjust to life in a foreign culture. The leaders and volunteers of Compass are also enriched by new friendships with those of differing backgrounds!

Something special about Compass is that we are a program serving the entire family. Everyone comes together, learns in their areas of need, and leaves together. Some even ride with other Compass families on our full-sized school bus! If you would like to learn with us, please join us on a Compass evening, and learn in one of our three English classes or our Citizenship class. If you have children, allow one of our trained tutors to help them with their homework or prepare for school by joining our preschool. We even have childcare for the littlest ones. Your children will be right down the hall from you if they need you! We even have daytime classes with childcare if our evening hours do not work for you.

Whether you’re coming to learn or coming to serve, what you can expect is a warm community that is dedicated to learning from one another. On a typical evening we have up to 100 participants from around the globe, and would love to have you be a part of our special community. We are a Northwest Indiana organization of neighbors helping neighbors, linking arms for the betterment of both individuals and our community as a whole.

Open Arms * Hand in Hand