Compassion for Lives

The main focus of Compassion for Lives is reintegrating individuals back into the community, rather if it is from prison, veterans, at risk youth, and individuals seeking opportunities for growth. We strive to provide LIFE:

• L-Leadership: The courage to lead from front and shape futures.
• I-Integrity: To act with honesty and integrity without comprising the truth.
• F- Fun: Having fun and celebrating small successes in our journey to achieve big.
• E- Empowerment: Empowering individuals to take initiative and give their best.

Our Services

Mental Health/Substance Abuse

Job Readiness


Parenting Skills

Educational Services

Mental Health/Substance Abuse

Mental Health/Substance Abuse

• Anger Management
• Life Skills for Youth
• Job Readiness

COMPASSION FOR LIVES focus is working with at-risk youth. We offer Anger Management classes, Life Skill training for Youth, Tobacco Advocacy and Job Readiness classes. OUR GOAL is to assist youth identified as being at-risk in learning coping mechanisms, communication skills, and life skills to be successful.

COMPASSION FOR LIVES recognizes being an adolescent is one of the most difficult times for everyone. WE strive to be compassionate to these individuals and their experiences. The programs utilized by Compassion for Lives are evidenced-based programs acknowledged by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

COMPASSION FOR LIVES looks forward to working with today’s youth to promote healthy choices, relationships, and experiences.

Job Readiness

Job Readiness

COMPASSION FOR LIVES focus is preparing individuals with the skills that employers seek from most employees. Work readiness skills are a set of skills and behaviors that are necessary for any job. Work readiness skills are sometimes called soft skills, employability skills, or job readiness skills.

COMPASSION FOR LIVES teaches these abilities to help employees learn how to interact with supervisors and co-workers. They help reinforce the importance of timeliness and build an understanding of how we are perceived by others. Employers value employees who can communicate effectively and act professionally. No matter what technical skills a job may require, every job requires good social skills/interpersonal skills.



COMPASSION FOR LIVES has developed an exciting program to promote mentoring in the community for the incarcerated. COMPASSION FOR LIVES has partnered with Redeemed Restoration Home for Men to fill the gap of housing. COMPASSION FOR Lives also has partnered with local institutions for education. Please help us mentor our men back into society utilizing the gift which is being you!

COMPASSION FOR LIVES looks forward to working with individuals seeking to help restore a community and motivate individuals back to opportunities.

Program Director
Tara Waddles 

Parenting Skills

Parenting Skills

COMPASSION FOR LIVES Parent Support Program aims to support and strengthen existing parenting abilities and promote the development of new competencies so that parents have the knowledge and skills needed to carry out child-rearing responsibilities and provide their children with experiences and opportunities that promote child learning. 
COMPASSION FOR LIVES helps to support the family by providing Medicaid application services and SNAP benefit application services to assist in getting families the help that they need.

Educational Services

Educational Services

COMPASSION FOR LIVES provides comprehensive educational services to assist our participants in achieving their educational pursuits.

COMPASSION FOR LIVES provides GED/HiSet classes.  Class are held at Compassion for Lives and are geared toward helping students learn, grow and pass the GED exam.

COMPASSION FOR LIVES also provides career assessments services to assist participants in making educational decisions.  Everything from providing advice to actively assisting in financial aid, Compassion for Lives is here to assist throughout the educational decision-making process. 

Click here to register for GED training with Compassion for Lives


SNAP provides food benefits to families to supplement their grocery budget so they can afford the nutritious food essential to health and well-being.

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Our Staff

Carla Buntyn

Executive Director, BA, MS

Vanessa Smith

Director of Programs, LMSW, LPC

Dr. Kirk Williams, PhD

Program Director, Instructor

Michael Washington

Administrative Service Coordinator

Board of Directors

Rosa Buntyn - President

Xavier Henson - Vice-President

Clarence Williams, Sr.

Fred Gaskin

Angela Roisten

Carla Buntyn – Executive Director



Our Community Partners

Caddo Correctional Center 

City of Shreveport

Caddo Juvenile Justice


Project Celebration


City of Bossier

Contact Us


Huntington Office Park
7505 Pines Road Ste. 1235
Shreveport, LA 71129


Tel: 318-828-1769
Fax: 318-626-7946