Compass of Carolina, Inc.

Providing compassionate direction

aka Compass of Carolina   |   Greenville, SC   |


Compass of Carolina's mission is to provide compassionate services to individuals families in need through counseling, education and financial benefits management.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2023, Compass served over 1100 people. We provided access to mental health care via a sliding scale fee. Compass implements 23 weekly family violence intervention groups. The groups are psychoeducational, group topis are: Anger Management, Batterer Intervention, Victims of Domestic Violence, and Second Chance for adolescents. 2022 Recidisvim rates decreased from 5% during COVID-19 (2021) to 2% in 2022

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Executive Director / CEO

Laurie Rovin

Main address

1100 Rutherford Rd

Greenville, SC 29609 USA

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NTEE code info

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Spouse Abuse, Prevention of (I71)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People in our community experiencing poverty face barriers such as lack of affordable services because they often cannot pay for services, lack of access to services because they often have inflexible and/or erratic schedules, lack of transportation to services, and lack of knowledge of available resources. Compass of Carolina is sensitive to the limited ability of many clients to attend classes or counseling sessions during daytime hours. Counseling and group programs are available for child victims, adult victims, and perpetrators after normal work hours, at night and/or on the weekends. Our agency aims to meet clients when they can meet us because we understand that low- and moderate-income clients often have little flexibility with their work schedules. Most of our services are free; for others there is a sliding-fee scale that takes into account a client’s ability to pay. Compass also has vigorous outreach programs to help people understand what services we offer the community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Compass is “the best kept secret” in town. With new leadership and an energized Board of Directors, our goal is to bring awareness of our affordable mental health counseling, veterans, and representative payee services. Core services: Individual and Family Counseling, Victims of Violence Groups, Batters/Offender Groups, Veteran’s Services, and Representative Payee Services. The Representative Payee Department pays bills and manages finances for people on Social Security Disability and/or Veterans who have been unable to effectively pay their bills. Victims’ services are 100% free, while other services are offered on a sliding scale basis. We provide services to children, teens, and adults. Of note, Compass of Carolina is the only charity in the county that provides free or sliding scale therapy with licensed clinicians, offering:
• Family Violence Intervention Programs
o Victims
o Batters/Offender Court ordered classes
• Individual Counseling
• Veteran's Services

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Social and economic status

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The generational cycles of poverty and domestic violence are inextricably linked based both on mountains of national research as well as the professional observations of experienced therapists at Compass of Carolina. Disrupting the cycle of domestic abuse is important to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Compass offers a set of comprehensive services aimed at ending the generational cycle of abuse by working with abusers as well as adult victims. Studies demonstrate that children and adolescents who grow up around domestic violence and experience the cycle of violence repeatedly suffer long-term consequences in that they have the tendency to repeat these negative behaviors as adults. The problem is then passed on from generation to generation, and this destructive cycle also leaves families more likely to be mired in poverty.

John Fantuzzo and Wendy K. Mohr from the University of Pennsylvania wrote in “Prevalence and Effects of Child Exposure to Domestic Violence,” “To date, research on the effects of child exposure to domestic violence indicates that this exposure has an adverse impact across a range of child functioning, produces different effects at different ages, increases the risk for child abuse, and is associated with other risk factors such as poverty and parental substance abuse.”

One strategy is our Family Violence Intervention Program- Victim program goals:
• To provide education to victims of domestic violence regarding family dynamics, safety, healthy relationships, and understanding of the criminal justice system.

• To assist victims of domestic violence to develop a safety plan for themselves and family. Refer victims to legal services and safe shelters.

• To refer victims of domestic violence to community wrap-around services to ensure a holistic approach for the safety and security of the family.

• To offer 5 sessions of individual counseling to assist victims in identifying and addressing any individual emotional, psychological, or physical needs to ensure stabilization, safety, and security for the family. We also tried to start a therapeutic support group for victims of domestic violence but it was not well attended for over 6 months.

• To provide all services in a trauma-informed manner.

The Batterer program aims to teach gender equality in relationships and teaches participants to identify various forms of abuse, recognize and detail the type of abuse they have engaged in, take responsibility for the abuse, and find alternatives to violence, often helping participants learn to develop a nonabusive response to behavior that they might ordinarily respond. We measure success thru recidivism rates.
- To teach abusive partners to develop empathy for their victims, and identify and self-monitor negative thoughts.
- To identify and interrupt the negative self-talk that often precedes incidences of violence, in order to prevent further abuse.
Metric - reduce recidivism rates

Domestic violence dramatically and sometimes tragically affects the lives of children who grow up in homes where there is such abuse. In an in-depth investigation titled “The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood,” USA Today reported in 2019, that “New research is giving scientists more insight into the far-reaching and long-lasting harms of domestic violence to the children who grow up around it -- including a startling finding: Witnessing abuse carries the same risk of harm to children's mental health and learning as being abused directly.” The story continued, “And research also shows that these children are as likely to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as soldiers returning from war.”

Our Child and Adolescent Counselor implements Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment protocol for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and other mental health concerns. Research has demonstrated that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences, and it is the primary treatment model used by the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Department at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The research and best practices that anchor Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are used in the therapy offered through Domestic Violence Starts Small. While this grant covers a program for children and adolescents, our agency is a certified Batterer Intervention Program provider. We offer classes based on the respected Duluth Model which is described as “an ever-evolving way of thinking about how a community works together to end domestic violence.” The court-ordered intervention program for batterers is highly successful with a recidivism rate of around 10 percent for those who successfully complete the program. A similar program is held for Victims of Domestic Violence although the focus and content obviously are different.

New research is showing that exposing children to violence leads to lower grades and a greater probability of dropping out of school. And Eamon McCrory, a professor of developmental neuroscience at University College London, has found growing up in homes with such violence often makes it difficult for these children to get along with others.

Batterer Intervention program is measured thru reduced recidivism rates.
Metrics for all programs are forthcoming.

Meanwhile, please call Executive Director, Laurie Rovin, 864-467-3434, should you have questions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Compass of Carolina, Inc.

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Compass of Carolina, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cheryl Hicks

Community Volunteer

Term: 2023 - 2022

Cheryl Hicks

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/17/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/26/2024

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  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.