e have celebrated 20 years of excellence! Enjoy our 2016 Newsletters to see the impact we have made on the community!
Highlights include: The Valentine’s Day Party and the grand opening of Gympass!
Highlights include: Our 3rd Annual Compass de Mayo Gala and the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge!
Compass, Inc. is a private 501(c)(3) organization formed to provide residential, day, employment, and personal supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 1996. Compass currently serves people living in Charles, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Howard and Carroll Counties. Compass, Inc. has been recognized state-wide for its leadership and skill supporting individuals through a positive, person-centered approach, and assisting them to “find their direction” (identify what is meaningful to them and what they want from life), and “follow their dreams” (providing necessary employment, residential, behavioral and other assistance to allow a person to maximize his/her independence and meet their self-defined goals).
Compass, Inc. became The Standards for Excellence® accredited (Maryland Nonprofits) in 2013 and was recently reaccredited through December 31, 2020. The Standards for Excellence® is a voluntary, peer-reviewed accreditation program for nonprofit organizations that evaluates principles of honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability in nonprofit program operations, governance, human resources, financial management, and fundraising. Organizations bearing the Seal of accreditation are guided by a well-defined mission, have evaluation systems in place to measure the effectiveness of their programs, and adhere to sound financial management policies. Compass, Inc. is very proud to bear the Seal and abide by the governing principles and practices required for accreditation.
Compass, Inc. was originally founded under the name SecureCare Services, Ltd. in 1996 by a woman named Jacynth “Faith” Joyner. Ms. Joyner’s belief that every individual can and should be a valued member of his community formed the basis of the organization and the framework for our supports. After Ms. Joyner’s death, the organization was reborn as a non-profit and renamed Compass, Inc. Compass is an acronym for Cultivating Opportunities that Maximize Personal Achievements, Strengths and Successes and it is also seen as the main part of the word, “Compassion.” Like a Compass, we support people as they find their direction and help them to follow their dreams in life. For more than 20 years, Compass has experienced continual growth in size and stability. Our organization is considered one of the leading advocates in the state for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living and working in Maryland. Our leadership is involved on many local and state coalitions and advocacy efforts. We sponsor both a parent group as well as a self-advocacy group. We develop and maintain partnerships for the ultimate goal of best supporting the individual to be healthy, fulfilled, happy, and safe.
Our Support Departments include Human Resources, Maintenance, Communications, and Finance.