For helping many people over the years, Compass is awarded SFGN's Best of the Best award for 2020.
Best of the Best - Compass
201 N Dixie Hwy.
Lake Worth Beach
This year SFGN is launching the Best of the Best award for those community organizations, businesses, and people that have gone above and beyond over the years and have either won or been nominated multiple times in SFGN’s Best Of contest. Compass in Lake Worth Beach is the first such recipient.
Over the years they’ve won Best Non-Profit in Palm Beach County six times. In addition their youth group has won three times.
Julie Seaver, the community center’s Executive Director, won Best LGBT Activist since the category’s inception in 2015. This year we renamed the category Best LGBT Activist NOT Named Julie Seaver. Seaver gave her blessing in order to share the honor and recognition.
Instead Lucas O’Ryan, the Youth Program Coordinator for the center, won the award.
Compass has been the heart of the LGBT community in Palm Beach County for over 30 years. Besides just being a community center they also oversee the annual PrideFest, and the LGBT chamber of commerce.
They also host the iconic annual Stonewall Ball Black and White Party, as well as host events for Transgender Day of Remembrance and World AIDS Day. For WAD Compass often displays the largest collection of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in all of Florida.
That is on top of their everyday functions, such as hosting support groups for the youth and transgender community, and connecting HIV positive people to life-saving services. They serve over 25,000 people a year.
Compass’s accomplishments are too many to list in this constrained space.
But what Seaver told SFGN in 2018 sums it up well.
“The common thread that strings us all together is people,” Seaver said. “Our mission has always been about serving people and provide a safe space for all who walk through our doors every day. From every staff member, to every volunteer, we consider it a great honor for our clients and community members [to] trust us to continue to provide life-saving services for generations to come.”
To view more winners, visit the SFGN's Best of 2020 Winners page.