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Celebrating Women's Leadership: Lisa Freeman's 35-Year Journey at Compass House

March is Women's History Month, a time to honor and celebrate the achievements, contributions, and leadership of women throughout history. At Compass House, we are proud to shine a spotlight on our extraordinary Executive Director, Lisa Freeman, who has dedicated an impressive 35 years to our organization. As we acknowledge the vital role women play in our sector, we also want to highlight the remarkable women who make Compass House a place of hope for homeless and runaway youth in Buffalo.

Lisa Freeman: The Backbone of Compass House

Lisa Freeman is not just a leader; she is the backbone of Compass House. Her unwavering dedication and passion for the cause have been the driving force behind our organization's success for over three decades. In a sector where women make up 75% of jobs but hold disproportionately fewer leadership positions, Lisa stands out as an inspiration of empowerment and resilience to women everywhere.

Starting as the business manager 35 years ago, Lisa quickly became an invaluable asset to Compass House. Her journey continued as she worked her way up to Assistant Executive Director, showcasing her leadership abilities and tireless work ethic.

Lisa's ascent through the ranks was marked by a deep understanding of the organization's mission and a genuine connection with the youth we serve. Her experience in various roles allowed her to develop a comprehensive perspective on the challenges faced by homeless and runaway youth, making her transition to Executive Director a natural progression.

Lisa's journey at Compass House began 35 years ago, and since then, she has tirelessly worked to create a supportive environment for homeless and runaway youth. Her leadership style is characterized by compassion, innovation, and a relentless commitment to making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

The Power of Women at Compass House:

Lisa Freeman may be at the helm, but she is not alone in her mission. Compass House is fortunate to have a team of amazing women who play pivotal roles in supporting the homeless and runaway youth of Buffalo. These women bring diverse skills, backgrounds, and perspectives, contributing to the holistic and compassionate approach that defines Compass House.

From youth counselors providing emotional support to case workers connecting with marginalized youth, every role is essential in our mission to create a safe place for those in need. The women at Compass House exemplify strength, resilience, and empathy, embodying the values that are crucial in addressing the challenges faced by homeless and runaway youth.

The Importance of Women in Business:

While women make up the majority of the workforce in the nonprofit, education, and philanthropic sectors, the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions is a concerning trend. At Compass House, we recognize the significance of having women in leadership roles, especially in an organization that deals with vulnerable populations.

The compassion, empathy, and nurturing qualities often associated with women are invaluable assets in addressing the complex issues faced by homeless and runaway youth. Lisa Freeman's leadership, and the contributions of other women at Compass House demonstrate that women are not just essential; they are the driving force behind our success.


As we celebrate Women's History Month, let us recognize and appreciate the incredible women who have shaped Compass House into the haven it is today. Lisa Freeman's 35-year journey is a testament to the power of women in leadership, and the compassionate team at Compass House continues to make a profound impact on the lives of homeless and runaway youth in Buffalo. Together, we stand united in our commitment to creating a brighter and more inclusive future for those who need it most.


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