Compass Community Center held a grand opening of a new medical clinic inside their facility on June 25.
“This is a marriage of two families coming together. Thirty-three years ago, Compass started as the Stop AIDS Project. We were created and born out of a need at the height of the AIDS epidemic,” said Julie Seaver, executive director of Compass. “And Compass, now with CAN, will be here until it's over.”
CAN Community Health will operate the clinic.
“We're honored to be here today with Julie and her incredible team,” said Roger Capote, senior vice president of Corporate Services for CAN, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This has been a day, three years in the making.”
Among other things the clinic will offer medical services for the trans community, HIV services, and STD testing and treatment.
“[This is] what we do best, is we find great community partners to create client-centered services,” Seaver said.
In order to build the clinic, Compass had to renovate a portion of their building, which included the front lobby and giving up almost a third of their ballroom.