Our preventive care can change the trajectory of lives and the course of families before a situation goes from tough to traumatic.

We provide career workshops, financial literacy workshops, parenting workshops and more for individuals striving to take the next step for their children.

We offer free tax return services, afterschool programs, spiritual mentors and tangible resources like clothing, diapers, household items and food for qualifying families.

We host events like Before the Bus that provide children school supplies, physicals, haircuts as a way to help families and get children excited about the upcoming school year. We even have a Birthday Kit program, where families are provided with all of the trinkets, decorations and ingredients needed to create a memorable birthday party for their child or children.

In 2018, we served 14,449 children and individuals through this program.

We partner with local churches and businesses to meet the distinct needs of children and families in the communities they are located in, working relentlessly to showcase the compassion of Christ in action.

More Than

1.2 Million

There are more than 1.2 million children in Florida – nearly 30 percent of all children – who are part of a low-income working family (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 ). And according to research, it would take 2.6 full-time jobs at minimum wage for a family to afford a two-bedroom unit at fair market rent (“The State of America’s Children”, Children’s Defense Fund, 2017). These are the situations we are swiftly running to with strategic solutions.

Ways to help

Tangible needs for children

To sustain our Compassion Ministries program and provide for families, the following gently-used items are needed every day:

  • Child and adult clothing of all sizes
  • House-hold items (especially kitchen supplies)
  • Toddler beds, pillows and sheets
  • Birthday kits for teens and children to include a cake mix, candles, gift, “happy birthday banner” and party supplies
  • Additionally, our food needs include:
  • Healthy, yet kid-approved, cereals (i.e. Honey Nut Cheerios).
  • Fruits to include apples, Cuties, peaches and bananas
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Sliced bread and English muffins (wheat)
  • Yogurt
  • Canned meats (to include tuna, chicken, etc).
More Than

14,449

services to children and families
More than

2,600

children and families
More Than

923,000

meals through our weekend backpack program

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Ensure that a child is able to celebrate their life

Help us transform a family before a situation goes from tough to traumatic.

Meet Our Executive Director

Leon Battle

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Leon Battle serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. He leads our efforts to connect people, businesses and churches with unique opportunities to do what they do best and are passionate about to help us serve more children and families. 

Previously, he was the Executive Director of Child Hunger and Family Support Services at FBCH + One More Child.

Leon graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in theology and a minor in business, he continued on to earn his master’s degree in human services, and is in the process of completing his doctorate and is writing his dissertation on Gospel-centered feeding programs. 

Leon served as a youth pastor throughout college and soon after accepted a pastoral job in Albany, New York. During his time in ministry, Leon saw the immense trauma that families were being confronted with and desired to get a deeper look into the dependency system. He changed career paths and started working for the Department of Children and Families (DCF). During his time with the department, he investigated abuse within families and institutions, and he later became a human trafficking specialist. Leon helped children get out of abusive homes and helped rescue children from human trafficking rings. He received multiple recognitions from Governor Rick Scott during his time with DCF.

Leon is very involved in his community. He recently graduated from Leadership Lakeland and has been named the chair for human services for the program. He serves as the vice chair of the board of Tri-County Human Services which provides in-patient, outpatient, and residential care for individuals getting help with addiction and mental health issues. Leon also serves on the advisory board of the social work department at Southeastern University.

Leon helped Aaron Burke launch Radiant Church in South Tampa. In five years, the church has reached more than 5,000 people and is consistently growing and impacting the city of Tampa.

Leon has a deep passion for intervention. He desires to see Christ’s love and restoration brought to families during their times of hurt and crisis. Leon believes the local church is the greatest asset for families in need and desires to empower the local church to step into the call of Christ, which is to help the widow, the orphan and hurting families in their time of need.

To contact Leon Battle:
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815

Contact Leon

Phone: 863.687.8811

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