Making the World a Better Place
Kindness Keepers is a Denham Springs non-profit for children formerly known as Psalm 37:3.
Our mission is to offer affordable and free opportunities for children and youth:
- to experience enrichment activities through after-school programs,
- training in the arts,
- structured literacy tutoring, and
- kindness camps with Christian adventures.
Our goal is to provide a loving and safe place for ALL children.
Learn more about how each of the four programs of Kindness Keepers began.
Beginnings of our Non-Profit For Children
Let’s Trust in the Lord and Do Good
THE LANDERS AFFORDABLE AFTER-SCHOOL CARE
In 2013 a single father who could not afford after-school care for his two elementary school children asked his church family at Luke 10:27 to pray for his family.
This father felt worried about leaving his children at home alone, with locked doors, and a cell phone. He struggled to get home as fast as he could.
Through prayer, we found a solution: an after-school program for all children needing a safe place to go.
After three thriving years, another need became apparent.
We asked the former mayor of Denham Springs Jimmy Durbin, “What is one problem in Denham Springs that if it was solved would significantly improve the city?”
“Racism,” he answered.
We recognized we were addressing the issue of racism through The LANDers after-school program. But, more needed to be done. So, we created the Young Artists’ Academy.
The LANDers after-school program provides for underserved children in Denham Springs. But, more needed to be done.
So, we created the Young Artists’ Academy.
Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.Psalm 37:3
Leslie Nichols Akin
Founder and Director of Operations
Leslie Nichols Akin is the Founder of Kindness Keepers. She earned her Doctor of Ministry with emphasis on the Spiritual Formation of Children from the Fuller Theological Seminary and her Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Leslie is a wife, a mother of two, and a grandmother of nine amazing grandchildren. In addition to being the Founder of Kindness Keepers, she is a tutor in Reading Restorations and the Director of Camp Kindness.
It is because of Leslie’s undeterred call to help the community that our non-profit for children exists.
Director of Programming
Ellen DiMaria is the Director of Programming for Kindness Keepers. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education for Elementary and Early Childhood, taught 1st-grade for 11 years, and home educated her own three children. Ellen established and trained a community of classical educators in the Classical Conversations Community for 10 years and has been a trained dyslexia instructor since 2016.
Ellen’s faith, leadership, knowledge, and experience are true gifts to all of the children that our community has the privilege to serve.
Our Amazing Board Members
Bill Boutte, Chair, Insurance, Co-Owner Capital City Crawfish Restaurant
Rene Delahoussaye, former City Council Member
Kathryn Martin, Educator, mother of five children
Sheryl Phipps, co-owner Sport n’Center
Jackie Reed, Accountant
Sarah Scott, Public School Teacher for 50 years
Butch Wax, former Principal and Football Coach, Denham Springs High School