The D&I's Community Outreach Highlight Series was created to spotlight non-profit organizations and local minority owned businesses and ways to support. This issue features African-American owned and operated small businesses as well as a non-profit that services the local Los Angeles community.
A Place Called Home
“Love is contagious, and we bring it into all we do every day, so that it will grow and multiply and ignite the will in all of us through these demanding times, to take action towards a brighter, more just future for everyone.”
Background + Mission
A Place Called Home first opened its doors in 1993, 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. This organization not only provides them with a safe and nurturing environment, but also various enrichment programs such as literacy and academic tutoring, music or fine arts, nutrition and urban agriculture, mental health services, as well as various other education and wellness programs to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives. APCH’s mission can be broken down into four main objectives
- Increase the likelihood that members will remain in school, graduate, and go on to pursue higher learning and/or meaningful employment
- Increase each member’s capacity for positive, non-prejudicial and nonviolent interaction with peers, teachers, adults, family and community members
- Reduce members’ involvement or likelihood to be involved in criminal behavior or gang activity
- Empower members and inspire them to take ownership of their lives and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the world
Over the past 27 years, a dynamic youth and community center has evolved from those humble beginnings. Today, APCH delivers a replete array of services to youth ages eight to mid-twenties and their families, empowering and inspiring them to self-reliance and ownership of their own lives.
- Check out the various programs they offer! If you have a background in any of these or want to aid in bettering the future of these kids, sign up here to get involved
- Stay up-to-date with their upcoming events here
- Want to know what’s on the horizon for APCH in 2021? Read their most recent newsletter here
Ways To Help + Donate
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Exploring Crenshaw Blvd
Small business owners are the heart and soul of neighborhoods, as they create a sense of community for providing a space for all to enjoy! Check out a few of our favorite small, minority-owned businesses that we visited to get our grub on!
Taco Mell Catering
If you are a foodie this is definitely a place you need to try! At the age of 21, owner Jermelle Henderson (in picture with Kenisha) had a daughter to raise and was working as a security guard. In order to make extra money he started serving tacos. He started off by only making tacos for friends and catering for parties. He eventually opened his 1st brick and mortar shop, Taco Mell in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. Featured in Eater Los Angeles, he is known for his amazingly delicious flavors and for his infamous 3 meat burrito consisting of carne asada, chicken and shrimp. He has now grown his business and opened a second restaurant called The Court Café serving southern brunch specialties like Lobster + Waffles, Crab Cake Omlette, and Shrimp + Grits. Taco Mell is located at 4326 Crenshaw Blvd. and The Court Cafe is located at 5496 W Centinela Ave.
Our Team’s Recommendations for Taco Mell: Shrimp Tacos, Surf & Turf Burrito, Chicken & Steak Burrito
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Southern Girl Desserts
Co-owned by Catarah Coleman and Shoneji Robison and founded in 2007, these ladies combined their family southern recipes to create dessert masterpieces. Both ladies were born and raised in Florida and met when they relocated to Los Angeles and it is here where they felt the need to bring some of their southern home cooking to Los Angeles. The ladies were contestants on Food Network Cupcake Wars and ended up winning the show and catering for the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, a black-tie gala. Their desserts range anywhere from their daily specials of red velvet, sweet potato and lemon to their featured specialty flavors such as Chicken & Waffle, Pecan Pie Coconut and Hennessy & Coke. They are located inside the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall at 3650 West Martin Luther King Blvd. Suite 100, LA, CA 90008.
Our Team’s Recommendations for Southern Girl Desserts: Lemon Cheesecake Cake, Butter Pound Cake, Red Velvet Cupcake