WHAT WE DO
Health, Nutrition & Well-Being
At A Place Called Home, we provide nourishment for the mind, body, and spirit through all of our programs, including mental health counseling, nutrition/meal service, urban agriculture, and athletics.
Mental Health Services
Every year, our Davidow Counseling Center provides more than 3,000 hours of comprehensive mental health counseling on our campus. Our members and their families, and the students of Da Vinci RISE High at APCH, are able to access services delivered by trained professionals, ensuring they have the psychological support and tools to overcome the many obstacles they face.
Nutrition and URBAN AGRICULTURE
Children cannot learn and thrive on an empty stomach. Our nutrition staff produces 4-5,000 freshly cooked meals each and every month for our members, and we distribute more than 2,000 bags of groceries throughout the year. Our on-site and community gardens even provide some of the ingredients, and our members take part in classes to understand the benefits of growing one’s own food and using fresh fruits and vegetables. We teach our families to create healthy, tasty, and economical meals so they can enjoy food, while minimizing risk factors for diabetes, obesity, and other chronic conditions that plague most low income neighborhoods.
Sports and Recreation
Kids need to run, play, exercise, and compete. Unfortunately, many inner-city schools no longer have the resources to offer PE classes, and many neighborhood parks simply aren’t safe play in. The lack of daily exercise impacts children’s well-being and physical development, as well as contributing to the obesity epidemic.
APCH co-manages the South Central Sports League for 1,000 boys and girls to participate in soccer, basketball, flag football, and volleyball throughout the year. We provide extensive organized sports opportunities for students, as well as yoga, running, swimming, surfing, hiking, and extended, safe playground time at our facilities. We’re helping kids build their health, self-esteem and camaraderie through participation in movement, teamwork, and lots of old fashioned play time. Parents get involved on our Parent Volleyball team and as boosters and cheerleaders for their kids. All our games have referees and we culminate with trophy awards lunches, including recognition for good sportsmanship.