A Place Called Home (APCH) began in 1993, the brainchild of Founder Debrah Constance. In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and Civil Unrest, Debrah wanted to give gang-affected youth in South Central L.A. a safe place to go after school, do their homework, get a snack, watch TV, hang out with friends, and be with caring adults – basic needs that all young people have.
APCH started off in May 1993 with twelve children getting together in the basement of a neighborhood church. By 1996, our membership had grown to 400 youth, and APCH moved to its present location, which has grown into a 25,000 square foot facility that features an athletic field, commercial kitchen, garden, dance, music and art studios, a library and computer lab, a dropout recovery center, and a teen center. APCH provides a home away from home for more than 300 children and youth every day, and directly serves more than 1,000 youth and families every year, and thousands more community members via large scale events such as health fairs, concerts, screenings, and regular distributions of food, clothing, toys, books, school supplies and more.