Links & Resources

National Runaway Switchboard:

The National Runaway Switchboard is a national communications system that assists youth who have run away, or are considering running away, and their families. With its database of more than 16,000 resources, NRS links youth and families across the country to shelters, counseling, medical assistance, and other vital services. Striving to be one-stop resource for youth in crisis, NRS offers a range of services. 


25 Days to Make a Difference:

A local 10-year-old girl, Laura, has taken a school project to a new level. She was challenged to make a difference in her community before Christmas. She in turn challenged her cousins and the project took off. She created a blog to keep tabs on everyone's progress. Her blog has reached around the world. For the month of March, Laura has chosen to support Compass House with her challenge. Please visit her website to find our more details on how you can help to make a difference.



Giveline, Inc. is an online retail store ( that benefits nonprofits and charities through customer purchases. Every purchase made on generates a charitable contribution and the customer is allowed to select the cause that they would like to receive that donation. The donation amount can range anywhere from 7%-33% of sales, and on average they donate about 16% for all products. Just click on the link above and select Compass House as you charity of choice.


Gay & Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York: 

GLYS offers a variety of opportunities and services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth & their friends ages 14-21.  The GLYS Drop-in Center is located in the Trinity Place of Trinity Church at 371 Delaware Avenue (near Tupper) in Buffalo. The entrance is located under the blue-green awnings. The Drop-in Center is open Monday through Thursday 3:30-8:30 p.m. Friday 3:00-6:00 p.m. [It is closed Fridays during July and August.] Please check the calendar before visiting due to occasional off site activities and events. 


Lifeline is a federal assistance program that offers wireless telephone discounts to qualified low-income customers.  Lifeline provides a monthly discount on wireless bills.  Eligibility requirements and discounts vary by state.


Spotlight On Youth:

The Spotlight On Youth (SOY) open mic series was started in 2004 to provide a place for youth to share their talents and interests with their peers.  SOY events are open to all young people, 12-21 years of age, in WNY.  The open mics include and welcome: poetry, music (vocal or instrumental), dance, photography, drawing and painting, rap, and lip synching.    


National Safe Place:

Safe Place is the first step to help for any youth in crisis or at risk.  This community collaboration program, operated by youth shelters or youth serving agencies make it possible for any youth to access help at locations including fast food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, libraries and city buses which display the Safe Place sign.  Youth can easily find help at Safe Place sites in their own neighborhood whenever they need it.  Safe Place connects youth to immediate help and safety and offers supportive services to both youth and their families.


Other Links and Friends of Compass House:

Empire State Coalition:

InterNetwork for Youth:

Faces of Buffalo:

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