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COMPASS (Community Providers of Adolescent Services, Inc.)

 294 Bowdoin Street
 Dorchester, MA 02122
[P] (857) 220-2333
[F] (617) 506-7695
www.compassboston.org
[email protected]
John Lydon
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INCORPORATED: 1974
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2539383

LAST UPDATED: 09/21/2017
Organization DBA COMPASS. Inc.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

COMPASS is a not-for-profit community and family based organization dedicated to providing services to a proven-risk population of youth and families in crisis who are working to overcome multiple, serious challenges in order to make a better life for themselves. COMPASS" Mission is "to equip those it serves with the skills and resources to become self-sufficient. productive members of their communities and society".  Experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds provide education, crisis intervention, outreach, advocacy, vocational preparation, enrichment, emergency services and individual and family counseling.  Since its founding in 1974, COMPASS has provided services to over 20,000 people, providing services annually to over 1,000 youth, adolescents and parents  through 2 school based programs and one community/family based program.

Mission Statement

COMPASS is a not-for-profit community and family based organization dedicated to providing services to a proven-risk population of youth and families in crisis who are working to overcome multiple, serious challenges in order to make a better life for themselves. COMPASS" Mission is "to equip those it serves with the skills and resources to become self-sufficient. productive members of their communities and society".  Experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds provide education, crisis intervention, outreach, advocacy, vocational preparation, enrichment, emergency services and individual and family counseling.  Since its founding in 1974, COMPASS has provided services to over 20,000 people, providing services annually to over 1,000 youth, adolescents and parents  through 2 school based programs and one community/family based program.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $4,640,094.00
Projected Expense $4,501,867.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • COMPASS School
  • Comprehensive Support and Stabilization

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

COMPASS is a not-for-profit community and family based organization dedicated to providing services to a proven-risk population of youth and families in crisis who are working to overcome multiple, serious challenges in order to make a better life for themselves. COMPASS" Mission is "to equip those it serves with the skills and resources to become self-sufficient. productive members of their communities and society".  Experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds provide education, crisis intervention, outreach, advocacy, vocational preparation, enrichment, emergency services and individual and family counseling.  Since its founding in 1974, COMPASS has provided services to over 20,000 people, providing services annually to over 1,000 youth, adolescents and parents  through 2 school based programs and one community/family based program.

Background Statement

Founded in 1974, COMPASS has educated, counseled and supported more than 20,000 proven-risk children, adolescents and families.  
Chronological highlights:  COMPASS:
In the early 1980s, pioneered short-term crisis intervention services in Boston for gang-involved adolescents;  In 1982, named one of 45 organizations honored by the National Council on Crime & Delinquency;  in 1985, selected by the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to serve as its sole emergency referral site for severely emotionally disturbed and learning disabled secondary students, and in 1986 opened an emergency program for BPS elementary students; in 1987, was the 1st to provide a violence prevention program designed specifically for students with special education needs; in 1988 established intensive therapeutic tracking program for Department of Social Services (DSS), now the Dept. of Children and Families, maintaining a long-term relationship resulting in COMPASS' providing Community Stabilization and Support Services through 9 DCF referring area offices; In 1997 established an Intensive Support Program at English High School; in  2007 merged with the Holden School, which for over 30 years had provided services for adolescents with special needs; in 2007 and in 2011 opened new Afterschool Programs in Dorchester and in Roxbury; in 2009 consolidated 3 of its service sites, moving to the former St. Peter's School on Bowdoin Street in Dorchester, a neighborhood designated as a Street Safe Community due to the high level of violence and criminal behavior; in the fall, 2010, was honored to be asked to host The Boston Foundation's (TBF) Community Connections Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood meeting.
 

Impact Statement

Accomplishments
a) COMPASS  strengthened  program services  and  agency's fiscal health through its consolidation of service locations and  its move to  current Dorchester location for 2 of its core services.
b)  Maintained a visible urban presence and long-standing commitment to providing services to the most vulnerable youth and families in Boston and Greater Boston.
c) Increased number of clients served in 2 of 4 core service programs.
d) Added new After School satellite site at Grade K-8 School designated as  a School in Need of Improvement.
 
Goals:
1)  To enhance quality and capacity of services throughout organization.
2)  To strengthen collaborations and affiliations, and to increase these efforts in respond to demonstrated needs of clients and overall organization.
3) To increase COMPASS' recognition and visibility as a not-for-profit experienced and dedicated to providing skills and transforming lives for students and families in crisis.
4)  To expand and diversify revenue streams to generate funds for unfunded and/or underfunded services that enhance program quality.
5) To develop and implement a successful major donor program, and to increase donor base.
 

Needs Statement

1.  Maintaining   high quality of program services  in  the face of ongoing uncertainty and unknowns related to public funding.
2. Maintaining experienced, dedicated staff given level funding of public revenue for several consecutive years.
3. Need for  increasing public  awareness of  the needs of proven-risk populations.
4.  Increasing public education and awareness of successful interventions and outcomes with client population.
 5.  Increasing and diversifying awareness of the general public and referral agencies to the significant societal benefit economically and socially resulting from successful intervention and treatment of the proven-risk population of youth and adults.
 

CEO Statement

COMPASS' year was filled with change, challenge and progress.  I'm proud to work with our dedicated, diverse and experienced staff. They create an environment of hope, caring and commitment for our students and families in crisis, challenged by poverty, violence and trauma, and who are working in the face of multiple challenges to obtain the education, skills and resources that will help them make a better life for themselves.
A consistent focus underlying COMPASS program services continues to be to provide quality services for the most vulnerable youth, adolescents and families in Boston and the Greater Boston area.  COMPASS is dedicated to providing hope and changing lives for an economically and socially  disadvantaged population.

Board Chair Statement

"I have been involved with COMPASS since the mid-1980's, initially as a bank lending officer, and, starting in the early 1990's, as a board member.  I have been board chairman for the past five years.
I have been touched by the difficult work that the COMPASS leaders and
 staff do day in and day out with clients who benefit so much from the education, support and direction provided to them.  We never know what positive experience might have a profound impact on a client.
The work of COMPASS is work that doesn't get acknowledged enough, and the staff  operates with immense challenges with kids and families who have experienced so much hardship and damage long before they arrive at COMPASS. COMPASS is  dependent on public funding  to provide its critical program services to a  high-risk and proven risk population. Fundraising can be frustrating; COMPASS doesn't have deep-pocketed alum, nor well-heeled families whose children benefited from our efforts;  'success' is hard to measure, yet is evident each day in the progress being made on clients goals, from statements of gratitude from family members who recognize clients' accomplishments against great odds, and from the continuing accolades from our peers and from our referral sources. 
 

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods

School-based services: 16 Boston & Greater Boston school districts
Community/Family Based Services: 17 Dept. of Children & Families' areas, including 61 cities & towns, including Boston (Park Street, Dimock, Harbor, & Hyde Park) Cambridge, Lynn, Lowell, Malden, Coastal, Arlington, Framingham.of Children & Families' areas, including 61 cities & towns, including Boston (Park Street, Dimock, Harbor, & Hyde Park) Cambridge, Lynn, Lowell, Malden, Coastal, Arlington, Framingham, and Worcester.
After School Action Program (ASAP) students attending 2 Boston schools, one in South Boston, one in Roxbury.
 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Education - Special Education
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

COMPASS School

COMPASS School is a special education day school that provides  crisis/trauma counseling and support, behavior management and vocational/transitional services to a multicultural group of proven-risk  students in grades 1 - 12 who are referred by public school districts under the federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). Program services are individualized, intensive and comprehensive. Students work on a 1-1 basis with case managers and clinicians.  An Emergency/Interim educational program is available for Boston Public School districts.  A Summer Program is available for students referred by public school districts.  Learning disabilities, cognitive delays and emotional/mental health diagnoses are cited in the students' Individualized Educational Plans.  COMPASS students are also challenged by poverty, violent environments, the influence of drugs/alcohol and limited familial supports.  Approximately 100 students receive services at COMPASS School annually.
Budget  $2,488,330.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Students establish patterns of daily attendance and participation in classes.  Students meet goals stated in Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) as measured quarterly and at annual IEP review meetings.  Students earn passing grades on report cards and are promoted to higher grades.  Students earn higher Step levels on the school's system of behavior management, BEAMS.
Program Long-Term Success  Students are prepared to return to and succeed in mainstream educational settings.  Alternatively, students earn high school diplomas and gain the education, life skills and vocational/transitional preparation needed for success in the workplace or in post-secondary education.
Program Success Monitored By  Individualized Educational Plans, report cards, BEAMS step records, vocational/transitional assessments and counseling reports all document students' progress in writing and provide permanent records of success that are maintained in files.  The evidence used to create those formal documents includes observations of students' behavior, attendance records, pre- and post-testing, hands-on accomplishments and discussions with students, parents/guardians and collateral care providers.
Examples of Program Success  --

Comprehensive Support and Stabilization

The Comprehensive Support and Stabilization Program responds to the individual, evolving needs of children and families who have been referred by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).Family Specialists work with families and with DCF staff to design an outcome plan that addresses the child's and family's social, educational, legal, medical and employment needs and that establishes clear benchmarks for assessing their progress. The COMPASS staff is culturally diverse and members are fluent in 4 languages.  The program provides advocacy, parenting support, facilitation of parent involvement in children's education, court support and supported referrals to needed services in the community.  COMPASS assigns as many staff as necessary for each family and its individual members.  Crisis intervention, including 24 hour on-call emergency services are also provided.
Budget  738,767
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success is measured by the prompt connection of the COMPASS worker with the client, family, DCF workers and collateral service providers.  In particular, getting clients and families to recognize COMPASS as a support to them and seek COMPASS services independently.  Follow through by families, clients and involved agencies is essential to meeting established outcomes.  COMPASS teams of Family Specialists engage clients and families quickly as well as ensuring accountability from involved agencies including schools, the courts, health centers, and other service providers.
Program Long-Term Success  Comprehensive Support and Stabilization services are time-limited by the terms of the contract with the DCF.  Generally, services are to be provided within a 3 month period.  Specific outcomes are determined when services begin and are highly individualized to meet the needs of each client/family.  Long term success is represented by clients and families meeting the outcomes specified at the onset of services or modified outcome based upon input from collateral service providers or other sources.  Such outcomes include:  stable attendance at school including the provision of special services as needed; resolution of legal issues; stabilization of daily family life issues; involvement in after-school programming or employment; stabilization of health issues; successful supported referrals to needed services for the longer term
Program Success Monitored By  Each worker meets with the program's director at least once per week to provide specifics regarding services to each client/family.  The director provides advice and monitors the quality/quantity of services to each client/family.  Written reports are also generated on a weekly basis and are provided to the DCF which monitors quality and quantity of services to the clients the Department has referred.
Examples of Program Success  COMPASS has worked successfully with youth in many settings, from residential to group homes and from specialized foster care to kinship and/or biological families.  COMPASS has collaborated with various programs dedicated to Family Reunification and the presence of COMPASS has often made the difference in the parent or guardian's decision to allow the youth to return to or remain in their home.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. John J Lydon
CEO Term Start Aug 2004
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr David Manzo -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Elizabeth Labbe Ed.D Principal of COMPASS School --
Ms. Anne Carol Malone M.Ed. Program Director, ASAP --
Ms. Margaret Nicholson M.Ed Program Director, CSS --
Ms. Sandra Skinner M.Ed. Senior Director of Administration --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
-- 2010
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --

Collaborations

COMPASS collaborates heavily with the Boston Public Schools as two programs, ISP and ASAP are housed in Boston Schools.  COMPASS Schools collaborates with Boston Public Schools as well as each of the other districts that place students in the school.  The CSS collaborates with at least 15 DCF offices on behalf of clients.  Less active collaborations are maintained with a variety of social service agencies that provide collateral services to clients.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 103
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 20
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 63
Hispanic/Latino: 19
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 63
Male: 50
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr James M Tierney
Board Chair Company Affiliation JLL Boston, MA
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Terrence Gagne Pine Street Inn Voting
David Manzo Cotting School Voting
James Marchetti Raytheon Voting
Nancy Sandman Museum of Science Boston, MA Voting
James Tierney Boston Redevelopment Authority Voting
Ronald Tull Schofer Dillberg & Company, Inc. Voting
Yvonne Vest Middle School Academy Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Board Chair John Marston:
"I have been involved with COMPASS since the mid 1980's, initially as a bank lending officer, and, starting in the early 1990's as a board member.  I have been board chairman for the past five years.  
I've been touched by the difficult work that the COMPASS leaders and staff do day in and day out with a group of clients who benefit so much from the education, support, and direction provided to them.  We never know what positive experience might have a profound impact on a client.
The work of COMPASS is work that doesn't get acknowledged enough and the staff  operate with immense challenges  with kids and families who have experienced so much damage and hardship  long before they arrive at COMPASS.
We are very dependent on public funding.  Fundraising can be frustrating; COMPASS doesn't  have deep pocketed alum, nor well heeled families whose children benefited from our efforts;  "success" is very hard to measure, yet is evident each day in the progress being made on clients' goals,  from statements of gratitude from family members who recognize clients' accomplishments against great odds, and from the continuing accolades from our peers and from our referral sources. "

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $4,640,094.00
Projected Expense $4,501,867.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $7,757,387 $6,149,023 $5,672,635
Total Expenses $7,509,460 $6,339,456 $5,523,697

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $135,820
Government Contributions $0 $61,246 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $61,246 --
Individual Contributions $80,577 $116,649 $69,323
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $7,569,561 $5,888,081 $5,388,762
Investment Income, Net of Losses $21,867 $13,047 $-15,110
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $13,750
Other $85,382 $70,000 $80,090

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $6,322,814 $5,204,212 $4,495,628
Administration Expense $1,104,458 $1,039,102 $934,464
Fundraising Expense $82,188 $96,142 $93,605
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 0.97 1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% 82% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 102% 54% 46%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $4,051,265 $3,156,162 $3,160,764
Current Assets $1,901,810 $1,183,215 $1,284,823
Long-Term Liabilities $135,311 $165,716 $275,131
Current Liabilities $1,547,862 $988,200 $743,576
Total Net Assets $2,368,092 $2,002,246 $2,142,057

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.23 1.20 1.73

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 3% 5% 9%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s for FY14 and FY13 and per the audited financials for FY12. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

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