Our Remarkable Story

Started in 2011 out of a heart to provide hope & a positive future for our under-served youth in the Greater Sacramento area.  

Scott and Jacquie Flanagan became aware of the challenges aged-out foster youth face when they were newlyweds and youth leaders in the Bay Area. Discovering that one of their youth, Marvin, was going to be homeless two weeks after his 18th birthday, they stepped into action. Their search did not produce results, so they invited him to live in their one-bedroom apartment. For the next five months, they helped Marvin become independent by helping him find a job and transportation while mentoring him in basic life skills and how to be a reliable employee. After clearing his three-month probation at his first job, they helped Marvin find a place to rent and manage a household budget. This experience planted the seeds for the work that would be started 22 years later. Compassion Planet began in 2013 due to the shared dream of the Flanagan’s and Todd and Luann Johnson. 


Today this dream is impacting the lives of underserved youth in Placer and Sacramento Counties.  Together, with sustainable non-profit businesses along with the generous support of our community, Compassion Planet brings two groups of youth, called trainees, into their program twice a year.   Comprised of aged-out foster youth and youth from at-risk backgrounds (ages 18-24) these groups are empowered by 1,200 hours of on-the-job training, therapy and life skills training before graduating into CP’s Next Steps programs. Their stories and journeys are incredible and Compassion Planet is privileged to be a part of their family! 


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The Issue

Every 2 minutes, a child enters the U.S. Foster Care System. At 18, they age out of foster care & become one of the most at-risk people groups in the United States.

Before turning 18, foster youth will change homes 3 or more times

60% of trafficking victims come from foster care

Nearly 40% go homeless upon aging-out of the system

1 in 4 will be imprisoned within 2 years of aging-out

Less than 50% graduate from high school

Less than 3% graduate from college

70% are pregnant by 21 & 50% repeat the cycle of brokenness

Nearly 70% of California’s prison population were in the foster care system

Our Mission

We empower aged-out foster youth and youth from at-risk backgrounds to overcome personal obstacles, achieve independence and reach their fullest potential Through our 2-Step Mentoring Program:

Trainee Program

Year-long intensive 1200 hours of training & mentoring with job skills, coping skills, life skills and education support.

Next Step Program

Upon graduation, our trainees enter into our Next Step Program which provides lifelong services.


Our Leadership & Staff

  • Scott Flanagan

    Co-founder | Executive Director

  • Jacquie Flanagan

    Co-founder | Inventory/Warehouse

  • Jessica Wertz, MSW

    Program Director | Clinical Social Worker

  • Lisa Charlebois, LCSW

    License Clinical Social Worker

  • Debbie Zue Rossman 

    Deer Creek Farm Store Manager

  • Joyce Flanagan

    Compassion Thrift Store Manager

  • Ruth Kolwyck

    Deer Creek Farm Garden & Market Manager

  • Candace Collins

    Leadership Development

  • Nancy Short

    Director of Finance & Advancement

  • Mariann Eitzman

    Director of Development


Our Board

  • Todd Johnson

    Co-founder | CP Chair | COO of Belami eCommerce Solutions

  • Karl Sense

    CP Treasurer | Principle of CLA LLP

  • Sharon Johnson

    CP Secretary | Owner of Community Association Management Services, Inc.

  • Scott Flanagan

    CP Executive Director & Member 

  • Kriss Mann

    CP Member | Partner at Mann, Urrutia, Nelson, CPA's

  • Steve Holt

    CP Member | Retired Business Owner

  • Ron McKim

    CP Member | Owner of McKim Homes


Our 2020 Compassion Planet


Thank you to our partners who empower lives in our community with their generosity!

As a Business & Community Partner, your investment in Compassion Planet is an investment in our community. More specifically, your gift will help fund our one-year Trainee Program which provides over 1200 hours of services to aged-out foster youth which includes: life skills training, employment, group and individual counseling, job training, leadership skills, and dozens of person-centered learning opportunities in a family-like setting.

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When you give to Compassion Planet, 80.7% of our total revenue goes directly to our Mentoring Programs, 6.1% goes to fundraising, and 13.2% goes toward management and administrative expenses.


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