That’s the vision behind The Compound. To give those spaces to people that have lost them or never had them in the first place. To create an environment where all of us can come together, regardless of our past, our race, or our socioeconomic status, and just be.

Be together. Be friends. Be family.

Because when you take the time and create the space, what you thought you saw and what you end up seeing just might be worlds apart.

So, here’s a little more about our vision for The Compound told in the stories of two close friends. Give it a watch and consider joining us sometime at The Compound.

You don’t have to sign up. You don’t have to bring anything. And to be honest, we don’t really need you to do anything except to be. Be yourself. Be a listening ear. Be a friend.

It’s so easy for us to look at the surface. An addict. A punk. A bum.

But beneath the surface is a person. A name. A story. An image bearer.

It can be hard to see beneath the surface when we hurry through our day only to pass them on a street corner or when we hurry through our year and only notice them at our annual trip to serve at the local soup kitchen.

So, stop for a second and think about where you’re seen. Where you’re known. Where you’re loved. Isn’t in the kitchen while you’re making dinner with your family? Or in your man cave watching a ballgame with friends?Or in your living room sharing your hopes, hurts, and dreams with those you’re closest to?