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History

Compass Community Services has grown in size and complexity since its inception in 1964 as a prevention-oriented program of the Children’s Aid Society. As the needs of the community grew and changed, the program incorporated as an independent non-profit, community-based family service agency. Formerly Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, the agency rebranded to Compass Community Services in 2021. The change reflects the evolution of the organization, its current vision, and range of services. The name Compass Community Services was chosen to capture the reliable, trusted
direction, and support the agency brings to community members. Regardless of the best direction for you, the professional staff of Compass Community Services can guide you there. Compass Community Services is an integral part of the community and continues to provide mental health and social services to individuals, families, and children. These services guide people through life’s challenges, whether they are emotional, developmental, or professional. The programs deeply impact people’s lives.

Services

Compass Community Services provides a full range of services to help people deal with relationships, emotional wellbeing, and physical and/or emotional trauma as well as service coordination and intensive behavioural consultation for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Agency services also include weekly no appointment Walk-in Counselling and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). Thanks to generous funding from United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin and private donations, everyone receives access to services regardless of the ability to pay. One-on-one same day mental-health services are available through Quick Access Counselling in Mount Forest and Walk-in Counselling in Fergus and Guelph. Fee-for service counselling programs in Guelph start at just $15, depending on family size and income. There are no wait lists for individual, couples, or family services. A wide variety of group programs run two to four times a year, with some running continuously. Certified therapists hold a minimum of a Masters degree in their respective fields and continually upgrade their skills. Additionally, the agency is proud to have a long-standing internship program training Masters-level therapists. Compass Community Services is also a member agency of Family Service Ontario and various related organizations

Programs & Services

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