Shelter Drawing

Welcome To Compass

Compass House exists to provide safe shelter and services to Runaway and Homeless youth (RHY). Clients of Compass House voluntarily enter the shelter or engage in case management through the Resource Center. All services are aimed at preventing the client’s decline into chronic homelessness while promoting a more stable and productive living situation.


Philosophy & Goals

 Philosophy and Goals

  • We are committed to working with youth in a non-judgmental, non-authoritarian manner; to find solutions without assigning blame
  • We encourage youth to work on and deal with their problems in a constructive, positive & responsible manner, while we assist in improving family relationships when possible
  • We respect the rights and privacy of youth
  • We are committed to working with youths as partners in planning their future, utilizing appropriate community resources to benefit each youth in achieving his or her goals
  • We attempt to empower our clients to become stable, independent & productive members of our community
  • Our services are completely voluntary...clients can choose to accept or decline our services anytime

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This May the Absolute Goo web site will be hosting its 8th annual auction to benefit Compass House!  Past auction items have included items donated from Weezer, Bob Mussell, the Buffalo Sabres, the Buffalo Bills, the Florida Panthers, Britney Spears and the Goo Goo Dolls, including phone calls from John Rzeznik, Robby Takac and Mike Malinin, plus dozens of more artists.  Over the past 8 years, the Absolute Goo auction has raised over $50,000 for Compass House, Buffalo's only shelter and service provided for runaway and at-risk youth -- male and female, ages 12-24.  All proceeds go directly to Compass House. The auction will go live at noon on May 9th and run through midnight on May 16th. You can check out more info by clicking here:

Safety Net Blog

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We're on Facebook and we have a Ning.

 Compass House can now be found on two social networking sites. You can find us on Facebook by doing a search for "Supporters of the Compass House". Also, we have just launched a Ning site. The address there is: Become our friend and join the discussions.

Resource Center

The Resource Center is a place where 16–20 year olds, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, receive guidance and a break from the outside world.

The center offers:

  • Immediate access to crisis services
  • Assessment and case managemen
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Referral and advocacy
  • Independent living instruction and assistance
  • Emergency food pantry
  • Access to furniture and other household items


The Compass House Resource Center
1451 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14209
Client Services: (716) 884-3066
Administrative Offices: (716) 886-1351
Toll Free: 1-888-646-6634

Emergency Shelter

The Compass House Emergency Center (or The Shelter) is just that. With enough room for up to 13 people, the shelter provides runaway and homeless youth from 12 to 17 years of age with immediate access to crisis counseling, a temporary place to live, a warm bed, and hot meals. They also find kind ears, as trained, caring professionals are always on hand to listen and give support.

The Compass House Emergency Shelter
370 Linwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14209
24-Hour Crisis Help Line (716)-886-0935