Known informally as “the hub of Compass House,” the Culinary unit is a bustling place. Working together, members and staff plan, shop for and prepare daily breakfasts and lunches, Employment and Education night dinners, and Restaurant Night for community partners. The superb holiday menus draw many members to Compass House on all the holidays as well.


During lunch service, nutritious meals are available for purchase at an affordable cost. Like many restaurants servers gain skills in plating the food and table service for other members in our dining room. It is a rewarding experience to prepare and serve meals to your peers. The teamwork and culinary arts training are transferrable to job skills and tools for a healthy lifestyle.  


The unit works to carefully plan nutritional meals to meet our community’s dietary needs while also upholding our wellness standard. Unit projects, like diabetic cooking, canning, pickling, and gardening for the garden to table experience allows members to use the skills learned at Compass House to cook healthy, affordable meals for themselves at home. 


New Culinary Training Kitchen

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Our new restaurant-grade training kitchen helps familiarize Compass House members with a typical commercial kitchen environment. Members learn about fundamental duties, processes and procedures as well as the proper care and operation of equipment. This helps members acquire transferable skills, preparing them for employment in the restaurant or hospitality sector.

Our holistic approach to mental health includes wellness as we believe a healthy member is better equipped to handle the stresses of life and work, increasing the probability of making a better life for themselves. Evidence has shown that incorporating whole-body wellness into recovery from a mental health condition can have positive results. We aim to give our members a hand on the path to healthier living by emphasizing wellness in the work-ordered day.   

Members of Compass House design our holistic health program to offer a variety of activities such as: 

  • Exercise YMCA, hikes, Tai Chi, yoga, mall walks 
  • Leisure activities such as movies, game night, open microphone night, bowling, picnics 
  • Celebrations: birthday parties, membership anniversary parties 
  • Holiday events: We have events on the day of the holiday as a community and family 
  • Decisions on clubhouse activities are made through the consensus of members and staff.