We are delighted to share with you a tour of our second Safe Homes apartment, furnished and equipped with items largely donated by the community and expertly arranged by talented Compass Center volunteers. 


December 21, 2020

Over the past year, Orange County friends and neighbors have committed more than $700,000 to this campaign, surpassing the initial goal with enough money to fund and staff three emergency apartments for three years. One apartment is already in use, and the others will be ready to shelter domestic violence survivors in 2021. 


We became involved with the Safe Homes, New Lives project because we saw a need, a gaping hole in Orange County’s social service network that left domestic violence victims in real physical danger.  The great folks at Compass Center took the lead, used proven research to develop  an innovative plan for emergency housing, and are making it happen. Now, when a family under threat needs an immediate place to go, the Sheriff and city police have an answer, a Safe Home that can be the start of a New Life.

This is great, but to truly meet Orange County’s needs we should have 4, 5 or even 6 apartments available.  Because we want safe places for more people experiencing life-threatening domestic violence, we are offering a challenge to all of you who are reading  this: we will match your gifts up to $100,000 to help Compass Center add apartment number Four and possibly Five.  Please, join us today in making this happen.

You can make your gift now on the donation page. Thank you for your generosity, and very best wishes for the New Year.

Your neighbors,

Marilyn Jacobs Preyer and Rich Preyer

The beautiful furnishings and decorations are provided by A Lotta Love, an all-volunteer team dedicated to remaking and maintaining shelter rooms to be welcoming, safe, comforting spaces for the people who need them.  A Lotta Love is an incredible community partner of Compass Center and has refreshed three rooms at the Henderson St. location. When the team at A Lotta Love heard about the Safe Homes project, they volunteered right away to completely furnish the first apartment. We are so grateful to them and share their mission of providing safe, beautiful and dignified spaces. Please enjoy the video below from the A Lotta Love team. 


Compass Center for Women and Families | 210 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 | 919-968-4610 

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