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A Place Called Home

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Support, Youth Development Programs

Mission: A Place Called Home provides a safe, nurturing environment with proven programs in arts, education, and wellness for the young people in South Central Los Angeles to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives.

Results: • In 2010 nearly 50% of students in our educational programs were able to increase their skills by a full grade level, remaining students increased by ½ grade • 3,000 hours of free, comprehensive mental health counseling services for students and their families • Computer training and access for homework. Most of our kids have no computer at home • Over 3,000 nutritious meals are served every month to youth who live below the poverty line • APCH offers college preparation and scholarships for students who once did not think college was a viable affordable option for them. The following are results from these programs: • In 2010 over 60 youth received scholarships and many are the first in their families to attend college • Bridge to the Future offers SAT, CAHSEE, GED preparation with a six-month College Prep course • In the past year, more than 80 APCH youth attended tours of college campuses • APCH members with long-time gang affiliations are now attending college • 157 unduplicated APCH members, to date, have received Shaheen Scholarships for college • 100% of APCH members receive support and opportunities for higher education

Target demographics: Low income and underserved youth (8-20 years old) and families in South Central Los Angeles.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 1,000 youth

Geographic areas served: South Los Angeles

Programs: Our FREE programs offer outstanding enrichment services using proven models to increase youth performance and behaviors socially and academically. These programs include: CREATIVE EXPRESSION provides training in music, dance, digital media and fine arts; EDUCATIONAL SERVICES where we provide tutoring, literacy, math, science and a drop-out recovery program through LAUSD; HEALTH, NUTRITION AND WELL-BEING that offers daily nutritious meals and snacks, counseling and health resources; COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES to empower parents & members towards advocacy and recruiting volunteers to help with APCH's mission; RECREATION/ATHLETICS provides physical education and sports; BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE offers transitional opportunities for teens to enter into a healthy adulthood.

Community Stories

329 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Yoshii Padilla R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of my favorite places!, You do so much for the community! THANK YOU!

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Rating: 5

It was amazing volunteering and hope everyone else do this as well! Thank you APCH for all you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have a great time helping out. Your organization is awesome! What a great place to volunteer for such a great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was my first time here and I really enjoyed my time serving the families. Keep up the good work !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization doing lots of good things for the less fortunate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization and a great thanksgiving event. So many smiling happy community members.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well organized and coordinated in utilizing volunteering resources

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was great working in a team and helping the organization set things up. I helped combine cutleries and tie them together. It was a wonderful experience. What the organization is doing is really great. I like how you keep things very organized and clean. Thank you for the experience.

Lior K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very happy to volunteer here today. It’s a wonderful experience and a truly fantastic event. It really does feel like home here

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to A Place Called Home to volunteer for their Thanksgiving dinner set up and I am so impressed by the staff and facilities here. I knew the organization did wonderful work in the community but you realize why they are so successful when you come to volunteer in person. I urge everyone to volunteer in person and to donate!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very powerful full service support provider to the community surrounding it. A model example of when a non profit has immediate and direct impact on the community it serves in an immensely profound way. Volunteering here is a joy. The positive energy of the place exudes from all around you and you are welcomed and appreciated from the moment you arrive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A close friend of mine invited me to volunteer at a place called home. And it was an awesome place. Friendly people and great facility

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps the community. A wonderful place to take time and offer community service. Volunteered for a thanksgiving dinner and would definitely do it again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This operation looks like it is really helping the local community with a diverse set of resources, not just providing handouts, but a real way to address the needs of the individual.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful place where the community is loved and welcomed. A place where needs are met and where dreams develop into reality. A little slice of heaven.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place called home is a great place that has different opportunities for the children in the community. They have basketball courts, a dance studio, and an indoor space. The staff here is very nice, helpful, and caring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a beautiful wonderful experience. Everyone was so ni e and friendly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very dedicated and empathetic staff. The kids are taught to be kind and are well spoken. This organization is dedicated to serving their community and I only wish there were 100 others like it

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing experience at A Place Called Home!
The staff and the professional vision from all leaders is remarkable serving the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer! This organization does wonderful work for the community. Keep up the great work!