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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

301 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Yesenia Verde I have volunteered for this great organization. That day just to see how happy the girls were to receive their dresses made me happy. I also have learned about all the activities they have their for the youth. I am happy they have a nice place to go to learn and get inspired to continue their education. I will encourage everyone to help in anyway that you can so this organization could continue to help our children and teens. Together we could make a difference. Great Job!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Place Called Home is making a difference, one child at a time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that this non-profit does is truly changing the community for the better! In the chances that I've had to work with them, I've been very moved by their commitment to the kids in the area and beyond.

1 Yensi B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at A Place Called Home since February 22, 2018. I currently also have my 11 year old sister Neida at A Place Called Home. Since the day I started to volunteer i got to meet many great children and staff. Originally when I started it was because of two reasons. One was for my little sister she was new and fairly shy. The second was because since I was little APCH had been around for a long time I always wanted to go but I never could because i went to school too far. So when Neida told me she wanted to join we did research. APCH gives children so many opportunities they get them off the streets of south central, where many of the people I grew up with fell into a bad road. They get these children off away from the streets into a safe haven where they get fed healthy home cooked meals. Where they can fun and be themselves, they get help with school work. There at APCH these children explore many many subjects that most kids can't access in a normal life setting. Children can explore music like learning how to play the piano, guitar, violin, ukulele, flute, drums and more. How to code through digital media or take photographs, make beautiful art work in the art studio. Learn about the community we live in the world we wake up to every day. There are so many many more classes than just those. APCH even has classes where kids can learn about themselves like Girl Power and Journey. All of these and many more classes are available to these wonderful youth. I can truly say with all my heart and soul. That A Place Called Home is a wonderful program an opportunity every child can have and should have. It's a place full of staff with much love, care, and nurture for the children who will all one day rule the world in each day of their lives. Although I may just be an Art studio volunteer I can say I myself have learned to have the respect for life and all around me. The empathy for those who I may come across, the accountability of any action I make. The courage to step out my shell away from the shyness I once had. But most of all that no matter what is happening today out in the world out in the country in our very own neighborhoods. That I will always have hope, hope that these kids take every chance every opportunity that comes their way, every fall, every rise, that they will one day turn the tides of event in their favors. In the end A Place Called Home is not only a program but a sanctuary where a child can be free to be who they are explore what they love. A place for not only students but families to come seek help be it clothes, food, supplies and more. In my eyes A Place Called Home is literally a place Neida and I can call home. It's a second family and friends that she has, a bond that both her and I will hold to a place we can always look back to and remember every memory made and to yet be made.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending A place Called Home for 4 years. This place is amazing they have taken my son camping and he does sports here. They also help them with school. They provide healthy meals and wonderful experiences. A helping hand to all those working parents. Truly making a difference.

Diane Luby L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Place Called Home provides life changing and magical experiences for the children of Los Angeles. They are our heroes!

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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