Northwest Compass Inc

Mt Prospect, IL   |  www.northwestcompass.org

Mission

Our Mission

We enhance our community by providing emergency services, education and empowerment which foster personal responsibility for those who are vulnerable or in crisis.

Our Vision

By 2016, we will be one the most effective provider in the northwest suburbs through the delivery of comprehensive services that help people when they need it the most. This vision will be achieved through a consortium of integrated community partnerships.

Our Values and Beliefs

• We believe that all people, and all families, have strengths; therefore we help our participants identify what is working in their lives before we solve the presenting problem.

• We believe that all families need support; therefore we demonstrate empathy and suspend judgment.

• We believe that most families desire to maintain a healthy interdependence with their support systems and community environment; therefore we encourage mutual accountability in our interactions with participants.

• We believe that diversity is an important reality in our society and is valuable; therefore we will ensure that staff, interns and volunteers understand and demonstrate cultural competence in carrying out their work.

• We believe in the value of short-term intervention to help people encountering a crisis move forward; therefore we embrace and adhere to a solution focused-motivational interviewing approach as the preferred practice.

• We believe that families seeking help often need coordinated services; therefore we will establish and connect our participants to other services beyond our own.

• We believe that families and CEDA Northwest personnel are equally important partners in the empowerment process; therefore as professionals we will develop and track mutually agreed on goals with our participants and require and enforce accountability as a necessary step towards success.

• We believe in and have adopted a networked mindset to help families overcome barriers: therefore we actively pursue mutually beneficial and collaborative relationships with a diverse group of community, public and private industry partners.

• We believe that establishing realistic program outcomes helps our participants succeed; therefore we design, align and continuously improve processes that lead to program excellence.

• We believe and actively build a high performing and actively engaged workplace; therefore we commit to the training and development for our Board, staff, interns and volunteers to fully serve our participants.

Ruling year info

1986

CEO

LeRoy Messenger

Main address

1300 W Northwest Hwy

Mt Prospect, IL 60056 USA

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EIN

36-3382832

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Stabilization Services

Compass Point assists people going through crisis through an initial screening and assessment. Clients receive appropriate community resources, internal and external referrals to programs and/or services that best meets their needs.

Helping Hands provides financial assistance to people experiencing an unexpected crisis. The program eliminates the monetary hardship and allows clients to remain stable in their everyday lives.

Food Connection provides emergency relief for people who lack sufficient food and nutrition to meet their daily needs. The program assists clients by supplementing their household budgets through immediate food support.

HYPE: Helping Youth on the Path to Empowerment focuses on personal stability including personal health, safety, economic stability, and shelter for the now invisible but ever growing population of homeless youth in our service area. HYPE is a new coordinated system adopting new methods of providing existing services through better alignment of housing resources, education, training, employment services as well as an array of supportive services.

Population(s) Served

Career Coaching prepares the unemployed, the underemployed, or the displaced worker to become jog-ready in today’s working environment. The program assists clients in finding and maintaining employment.

Financial Counseling provides financial education and counseling to assist in better management of financial resources. The program aims to increase clients’ financial knowledge and everyday practical skills.

Energy Assistance helps households pay for energy services, based on income, household size, fuel type, and geographic locations.

Health Insurance Enrollment provides individuals and families, small businesses, and their employees, assistance in enrolling in the Marketplace, Medicaid or Access to care.

Population(s) Served

Housing Counseling and Assistance helps stabilize a family’s current housing situation. The program provides housing counseling for a variety of situations and, as available for eligible clients, on-time financial assistance.

Transitional Living assists working homeless families by providing affordable housing. The program provides safe housing, guidance, and help clients to gain control of their finances, learn new life and money management skills, and set goals to achieve greater self-determination and independence.

Population(s) Served

The Giving Back Program engages skills-based volunteers, associate volunteers, community service volunteers, corporate groups, undergraduate interns and graduate level interns to successfully deliver the organization’s mission. As a Points of Lights Foundation certified Service Enterprise, Northwest Compass volunteers supported the delivery of over 35,000 units of service in fiscal year 2015. “Service Enterprises are organizations that deeply integrate volunteers to successfully deliver on their mission [and] operate at almost half the median budget as their peers”(Points of Light, 2015).

Population(s) Served

In-Home Respite Care: Legacy volunteers provide an average of 9 hours of on-site respite care per week that enables the caregiver to focus on essential family or personal needs and activities that are vital to personal health or well-being. Respite care activities may include providing companionship with the Veteran care partner, preparing light snacks or lunches, walking or other non-medical exercises to maintain mobility. In addition, a new initiative “Living History- Mine Eyes Have Seen” is available for those Veterans who would enjoy documenting their lives on video with the Legacy Corps member. These memoirs will be entered into the Library of Congress as well. All activities are of a non-medical nature, which do not require the skills or services of medical, therapeutic or other licensed professionals.

Information Dissemination on Veteran Medical Conditions - Legacy Corps members provide information to the caregiver or care recipient on various medical conditions like traumatic brain injuries, physical disabilities, and post-traumatic stress disorders to inform them about the symptoms, coping strategies, interventions, and other resources.

Child Care Respite: Respite care may be offered to parents of children who are facing deployment, reintegration, or sustained medical disability in support of the family unit.

Supporting and Creating Peer-to-Peer Networks: Information and support will be provided for Veterans and military families to identify and link caregivers to various social support services.

Caregiver Transitional Services: Respite care and other support services may be provided to Veteran and military families who are either transitioning from medical facilities to home-based care or from home care to a medical service.

Transportation Services: Legacy Corps members may provide transportation services to the caregiver or care recipient to medical appointments, pharmacy needs, shopping or other essential places.



Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Northwest Compass impacts the lives and families in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago through a consortium of integrated partnerships and safety-net programs, each of which include outreach, motivational interviewing, solution focused case management, and life skills training. Where crisis becomes opportunity!

Northwest Compass provides services to residents of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago from our main facility in Mount Prospect with exponential program growth in response to dynamic increase in the demand for our services. As strong stewards of our funding, our service delivery model changed from full-time staff to full-time leadership working alongside part-time staff, and unpaid staff. The milieu of unpaid staff are skill-based volunteers, associate volunteers, community service volunteers, corporate group volunteers, undergraduate and graduate interns. We developed a strong volunteer model through our certification as a Service Enterprise through the Points of Light Foundation. A “Service Enterprises are organizations that deeply integrate volunteers to successfully deliver on their mission [and] operate at almost half the median budget as their peers" (Points of Light, 2015). “Service Enterprises are organizations that deeply integrate volunteers to successfully deliver on their mission [and] operate at almost half the median budget as their peers" (Points of Light, 2015). Northwest Compass leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver the organization's mission to over 35,000 units of service for our neighbors in FY15.

Northwest Compass professional staff and experienced board of directors have decades of experience serving the underserved. The board of directors is engaged in reviewing performance reports of staff in service to clients. The executive staff closely monitors outcomes of programs.

Northwest Compass is strengthening it's infrastructure and reporting systems to assure the highest level of client service.

We have recently added Americiorps/Legacy Corps, serving veterans, military personnel and their families. This is the premier Legacy Corps in the United States and the only Legacy Corps in Illinois with 50 members each providing a minimum of 450 hours of service per calendar year.

Financials

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Northwest Compass Inc

Board of directors
as of 7/18/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Doucette

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William Doucette Vice President, Human Resources

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Algean Garner Director-Health and Human Services

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Mary Wroblewski Supervisor

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Colleen Norman Senior Pastor

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