The idea for Compassion Through Action grew from Jeff Padilla’s volunteer work with the homeless through a small grass-roots volunteer organization called St. Theresa’s Kitchen.

In early 2002, Jeff joined this group whose goal was to provide sack lunches to the homeless on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles once a week. By 2004, the group had dwindled down to just Jeff and the founder, Barbara Kiklas, along with a group of young volunteers from the local Catholic school.

When Barbara moved away in 2006, St. Theresa’s Kitchen dissolved, but Jeff continued his volunteerism by collecting and distributing donated food, clothing, blankets, etc. to the homeless every Saturday morning.

In May of 2006, he decided to up the stakes by setting up an official non-profit organization and in February 2012, Compassion Through Action was recognized by the IRS as a public charity and given 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.