Compass Policies and Statements
COVID 19 Statement and Policies
We hope this finds you all healthy and well with easier access to getting yourself, your family and friends vaccinated so that we can enjoy life to its fullest again. Compass’ team has facilitated reopening with a phased approach while keeping the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and community members our highest priority.
We promised last year to reopen as soon as we could do so safely and we know many of you are anxious to get back to the center, so we provide the following updates:
While the inside renovations to the center and front reception area are complete, exterior renovations including sidewalk and parking lot repairs in conjunction with City’s construction on city-owned water main lines around the center. All construction is messy and frustrating, but we know these improvements will improve the experience at the center and the surrounding community for years down the road.
In working to balance the community’s need for access with a concern for everyone’s health, we have remained steadfast in following the guidelines of the CDC and Department of Health with our community’s specific needs in mind.
We have learned and re-imagined everything from events and activities to client care and direct services. We are reaching more clients and community members than ever before with telehealth and virtual social/support group meeting options. We have instilled new safety protocols in HIV testing, center cleanliness, and room and seating capacities - all to help keep everyone safe. Individual onsite appointments have been ongoing since Fall of 2020 and will continue.
As of May 2021, social and support groups with fewer than ten people are once again welcome to meet inside the center. Visitors and staff are still wearing masks in the hallways and public areas of the center, and touchless temperature scans are performed at the front reception desk on everyone as they enter.
In July 2021, we at Compass are hoping to reinstate even more “normal” pre-pandemic activities such as in-person youth programming and larger groups of more than 10 people. We will continue to monitor the local COVID positivity rate, reassess and adjust policies and procedures as needed, and update our center and group activities on the center calendar for the public’s view.
Black Lives Matter Statement
Many of our organizations have made progress in adopting intersectionality as a core value and have committed to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. But this moment requires that we go further — that we make explicit commitments to embrace anti-racism and end white supremacy, not as necessary corollaries to our mission, but as integral to the objective of full equality for LGBTQ people.
We, the undersigned, recognize we cannot remain neutral, nor will awareness substitute for action. The LGBTQ community knows about the work of resisting police brutality and violence. We celebrate June as Pride Month, because it commemorates, in part, our resisting police harassment and brutality at Stonewall in New York City, and earlier in California, when such violence was common and expected. We remember it as a breakthrough moment when we refused to accept humiliation and fear as the price of living fully, freely, and authentically.
We understand what it means to rise up and push back against a culture that tells us we are less than, that our lives don't matter. Today, we join together again to say #BlackLivesMatter and commit ourselves to the action those words require. Read the full LGBTQ Organizations Unite Letter here.
We are deeply saddened by the senseless acts of violence and deaths in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado. Our hearts go out to the families and communities reeling from these attacks.
Adding our voice to so many others, we stand in solidarity with those affected by these events and the insidious motivations behind them.
Violence is never the answer. These recent tragedies remind us all of the important work we are doing to build a better future.
There is work to do to reduce the stigma and increase the availability of mental health services.
There is work to do to eliminate the hostility and xenophobia targeted against Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
There is work to do to recognize and root out our own roles in systematic racism.
There is work to do to dismantle shame and affirm healthy sexual relationships.
There is work to do to build understanding among communities of different backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities.
There is work to do to ensure women of every race and identity are safe and respected.
Let us commit to doing this work in our homes, our workplaces, with our families and friends, with ourselves, and with people we don’t know. As Paul Kawata, executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council said, “None of us can do it alone and we’ve got to figure out how to work together.”