August 13, 2020

White’s Residential and Family Services Launches $8 Million Capital Campaign

White’s Residential and Family Services launched an $8 million capital campaign to expand the mission of serving teens and families in crisis nationally by building a new state-of-the-art campus for Compass Rose Academy (CRA). Compass Rose Academy opened its doors in August 2012 and has served over 148 young women and their families by providing support for those dealing with mental health, trauma, relational and family struggles.  

The new campus includes three new residential homes, a staff housing complex, and multi-purpose building.  The “hub,” a multi-purpose building, will contain a nurse’s clinic, administrative offices, and educational and therapy spaces to support each of the specialty programs within Compass Rose. The new campus will sit on the south end of land owned by White’s but will have its own entrance and signage. The project will increase CRA’s capacity to serve more families, with capacity going from 20 to 48 once the entire project is complete in fall of 2021.

Compass Rose Academy seeks to effectively meet the increasing need for access to therapeutic services for families in crisis by offering an expanded uniquely Christian and Clinical environment for teen girls. The Board of Directors for the parent organization for Compass Rose Academy, White’s Residential and Family Services, has approved the approximately $8 million project to build Compass Rose Academy campus. The WRFS board has committed $4 million in self-investment, relying on philanthropy through the “A place to Heal, A place to Grow” campaign to raise the remaining funds to complete phase one for the CRA campus.

Ron Evans, President and CEO of White’s Residential and Family Services and Compass Rose Academy, said, “We cannot believe the incredible generosity we have experienced during this campaign an unprecedented season in our nation’s history. This campaign was launched prior the pandemic, yet we have seen an overwhelming increase of support as we continue to pave the way for families to have access to the therapeutic services their families so desperately need. We are grateful for those who have and will partner with us as we take this bold next step.”

Evans continued, “Simply put, this new campus provides the facilities needed to serve more students and families not only for Compass Rose Academy but for White’s RFS as well.  We will continue to advance our mission and provide hope and transformation through Christ to children and families.”

In 2012, the need for specialized therapeutic services continued to grow exponentially, leading White’s RFS to create Compass Rose Academy, a program where parents could directly access these critical services. Compass Rose Academy has been incorporated as a unique division of White’s and, due to the increasing need for therapeutic residential services for teen girls, White’s and CRA decided it was time to expand their footprint, offering an entirely autonomous campus for its residents.

Mike Haarer, Vice President and Executive Director of Compass Rose Academy, said, “Through the years, I’ve sat with countless parents at a desperate time in the life of their family, when they’re overwhelmed and almost out of hope. Over and over again, they share that they chose Compass Rose because they didn’t want to have to choose between expert, intensive clinical care and a loving, Christian environment. I’m so thankful to have a team and program that provides both to struggling girls and their families.”

Located in Wabash, Indiana, Compass Rose Academy continues to provide a positive, nurturing environment for teenage girls, ages 14-18, struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and issues related to trauma, attachment, or adoption with a variety of acting out behaviors including running away, drug use, risky sexual behavior, self-harm and defiance.

To learn more about how to get involved in the A place to Heal, A Place to Grow capital campaign, contact the Advancement Department at 260. 563. 1158 or visit the website

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