“Home” means so much to so many. It’s a place where we feel safe… where we can be ourselves… where we can be with our friends, family, and loved ones. Most of all, home is where a community comes together. Home is where the heart is.
A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being; and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world. At A Place Called Home, caring staff, supporters and volunteers come together to provide South Central children and teens 8 years old – 21 years old with love, safety, enrichment, training, and opportunities through educational programs, counseling, and mentorship. After-school, weekend, and all-day summer programs and services include tutoring and homework support, as well as a full spectrum of instruction in the arts, athletics, dance and music. Our high school dropout recovery partnership with LAUSD is open in the mornings and they provide year-round support for college preparation, SAT tutoring, and college counseling and scholarships. The children ARE our future… it’s not just a song, so finding ways to help troubled youth can certainly be very beneficial. Having a place to grow, learn and do better things with your life (HOME) is essential to a child.
How often do you think about child hunger?
We are full of food choices, with restaurants on every corner, markets adjacent to one another, and convenience stores galore. Leftovers are continuously thrown away, without a care, while right outside our doors, across the country, and beyond, there are hungry children.
You local food banks do their best to make food available for underprivileged children and their families, but over the last several months food donations have diminished. Replenishing those supplies in your own community provides hope for those children in need.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, located in Charlottesville, exists for a few very simple reasons: Food sustains life. It restores options. It provides hope. They are an emergency food assistance agency that serves more than 120,000 people each month, a record in the Food Bank’s history. Last year, they distributed more than 17 million meals to hungry families across the Blue Ridge. The number increases every year.
Disciples Kitchen in Waynesboro, and Valley Mission in Staunton rely on outside help to attempt to meet the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, spiritual encouragement and personal growth for the homeless and hungry of our community.
You can visit their websites to support those children in your community or bring non-perishable foods directly to their drop off places. Whatever you can give will be of help.
- Food bank celebrates anniversary Saturday (enewscourier.com)
- Food bank gets helping hand to help others (wbng.com)