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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

295 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

We had the pleasure of adopting a family for Christmas. Instead of buying gifts for each other my entire immediate family agreed on donating to a better cause, making a family in need happy. So to anyone reading this message next time you are purchasing something, please ask yourself if you need it or want it.
Adopt a family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

it was a fantastic experience helping and giving is what the world needs. To bring a smile to someones face is what I call this organization. It was an all around wonderful time. keep up the great work

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience. Good to help others in need. Would like to do it again

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing experience!! Everyone was super positive and helpful. We all had a great time handing out Thanksgiving dinners!! Very thankful that A Place Called Home helps so many people. We look forward to helping out as much as we can in the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This experience made me really appreciate the things I have, and the things I will receive in the future. This experience also made me realize that I'm am blessed to be living the life i'm living, because there's so many people who's lives are way tougher than mine.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time at A Place Called Home. The atmosphere was energetic and uplifting, and I felt honored to be a part of something like it. We fed the community for thanksgiving, and it was an amazing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping these people was great. I loved seeing the people smile!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping the less fortunate people was great and I loved giving out bag. Seeing a smile on their face brought me joy and I was glad I was able to be apart of this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was a great experience helping out and i really appreciate everything I'm very greatful now

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience was very fun and was very good. It felt good to give back to the community. It also felt good helping people who needed it. I think that this organization is very good and people are very thankful for the things that they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great charity! They have given out plenty of food and have made a great impact on our community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I think that the experience was really good for our group. It was good to help the community and see the difference in poverty around my city. I think that the people running the event could've done more. Many of them were standing around and on their phone, while us, volunteers, were working hard.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization. They are very intentional and really care about the community they serve

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love them. They are so friendly and helpful. I attended the book give away with my kids and found the staff to be very friendly and it was very well organized

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

APCH has always been willing to accommodate our student volunteers, they have excellent programs for their families and find ways to engage the community. They offer volunteers with great opportunities and expose them to different experiences that helps with future career paths.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done a lot of volunteering throughout the years and working with APCH has been the most impactful experience I have ever had.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly an organization focused on working with and for the community. They are consistently finding ways to engage not only current members but LA as a whole.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great job by your staff. It was a little crowded but everyone had a great time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I brought my kids to the book give away. Your staff was very friendly and did a fantastic job in this event. Thank you for putting on a great event that the kids can enjoy .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering here, magic happens at A Place Called Home and its where young folks can feel safe and loved.