Compass Family Services is a San Francisco non-profit that provides the tools low-income and homeless families need to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. The agency's six programs provide services to more than 3,000 parents and children each year, 50% of whom are under age 18.
AFH San Francisco has a long standing partnership with Compass. Developing many interior spaces for the organization over the past few years we have had the privilege of designing community spaces as well as private office spaced for the administration.
Their current project is the transformation of a small, unused outdoor space adjacent to the community kitchen and kindergarten area, into a play space and productive garden. This garden will allow residents of the 22 unit transitional housing shelter to take ownership of a plot of land. The unique opportunity will lend a an educational component to the communal activities, from nutrition awareness to cooking and cultivating classes.
This particular shelter is known for hosting children, so providing them with an outdoor experience will heighten their stay while the family receives various services and works their way to permenant housing. Located in a particularly dense area of San Francisco this garden will enable children to be outside in an area that does not have very many public recreational parks.