A Place Called Home first swung open its doors in 1993 – a year after the LA Unrest, amidst a crime epidemic that rendered the streets of South Central unsafe for children of any age. APCH’s mission was simple, but wrought with challenges: to provide the gang affected youth of South Los Angeles with a safe haven away from the life threatening dangers and temptations of the streets.
26 years later, our center now comprises 35,000 square feet of space and includes an athletic field, commercial kitchen, dance studio, and state of the art teen services and performing arts center, plus two community gardens! Every day we serve hundreds of young people and their families with educational and artistic programs, counseling, mentorship and pathways to a bright future.
The Center’s name – A Place Called Home – speaks to the need every young person has to be safe, loved, and supported. At APCH, young people define their values, develop their gifts, strengthen their skills, and build resources and relationships to realize their goals and aspirations and go on to college or a good job. At our core, we are still a place where young people who face tremendous challenges can experience the joy, laughter, and safety that should be a part of every childhood.
Find out more or sign up for a tour at www.apch.org.