NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Compassion for Lives

The recipient entity's physical address:
           7505 Pines Rd Suite 1235
Shreveport, LA 71129

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           7505 Pines Rd Suite 1235
Shreveport, LA 71129

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Carla Buntyn
Vanessa Smith
Saundra Pennington

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  8161

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $900,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Rosa Buntyn (Board) -1612 Oakdale Circle, Shreveport, LA 71108
Xavier Henson (Board) - P.O Box 19163 Shreveport, LA 71149
Clarence Williams Sr.(Board) -P.O Box 812 West Monroe, LA 71294
Patrick Jelks (Board)- 5730 Rockrest Drive, Shreveport, LA 71119
Kyla Young- Mayweather (Board) - 5877 Village Forest Ct. Houston, TX 77092
Dameon Marshall- (Board)- 3107 Lake Hills Dr. Shreveport, LA 71119
Dr. Tracy Andrus (Board)- 104 Johnson St, Marshall, TX 75670
Fred Gaskin- (Board)- 202 Rhodes Dr. Vicksburg, MS 39180
Daniel Davis (Board)-2825 West Laurel St. Shreveport, LA 71109
Carla Buntyn- Executive Director- 2524 Lakeway Dr. Shreveport, LA 71109

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Compassion for Lives main focus is reintegrating individuals back into the community rather if it's from prison, veterans, at risk youth and individuals seeking opportunities by partnering with Caddo Correctional Center and Juvenile Justice. The program will focus on below:

Youth at Risk
1. Behavior assessment/individualized support and guidance
2. Group therapy twice a week on topics such as anger management, social skills development, self esteem, independent living skills, boundaries, leadership, discipline, suicide prevention, DUI prevention, Bullying, Peer Pressure and Hazing
3. Educational Assistance (Tutoring)
4. Employable skills development, job search
5. Entrepreneurship Program

Adult Reentry
1. Job Readiness (including interviewing, resume writing, job search, career exploitation).
2. Life Skills
3. Financial Literacy
4. Fatherhood/Parenthood
5. Mentorship
6. Education(Career Assessment, GED/HISET, Technical School and College

Compassion for Lives will provide services to a total of 150 (annually) low income youth,disadvantaged or returning citizens.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $387,000
          Professional Services. . . $50,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $395,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
Louisiana has the 2nd worse dropout a rate (8.3%) in the nation. There is 1 in 10 students that fail to finish 12th grade. Our starting point is our mission: to provide youth with advocacy, employability skills development, career exploration, counseling and compassion to empower them to make positive choices and overcome their troubled past, with an ultimate goal of community and family reintegration. Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. Racial and ethnic minorities accounts for more than 60% of people in prison. Current public policy on mental health has many mentally ill individuals being placed in the criminal justice system without receiving adequate mental health services or treatment. For example, typically 1 out of every 5 inmates reports having a mental illness.

Furthermore, in today’s society, many positive influences have disappeared and many returning inmates come back to society with attitudes, behaviors, and lessons learned in the prison system. Communities have an increased level of poverty and unemployment which makes it difficult for inmates to become productive citizens in their community.

Our returning citizens face economic and other barriers in our community of Caddo and Bossier Parishes. In Shreveport, 21.1% is living below the poverty level compared to 14.9% of the National level. The unemployment rate is 9.9% as of July 2020. With limited job opportunities, returning inmates are limited opportunities for gainful employment when returning to their families which can promote recidivism.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Our goal is to decrease number of youth at risk in the community and reduce the number of teens ages 13-18 years old struggling with behavioral problems in our community. We will work with each participant and parents to help him/her develop an Individual Service Plan (“ISP”), giving the parents and participant the control over his/her personal goals to help him/her achieve those goals. Focusing on the participant needs, we will obtain information such as criteria as age, culture, race, ethnicity, interest, and gender, past or current grades in school and personality and temperament. Participants will agree to meet six hours a month for a minimum of six months for group therapy on topics such as anger management, social skills development, self-esteem, independent living skills, boundaries, coping problem-solving, and communication after
individual behavior assessment.

Adult Reentry
The primary goals and objectives are to focus on human services and workforce development (adult reintegration, job readiness, health/advocacy, Education, life skills, and housing) for individuals who may be experiencing barriers due to disadvantaged conditions.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  No

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Carla Buntyn 
                                       address:  7505 Pines Rd. Suite 1265
Shreveport, LA 71109

                                       phone:  318-828-1769
                                       fax:  318-626-7946
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director