The founder of the "A Place Called Home" youth mentoring program describes the cruel labeling in her childhood that established her low self-esteem, her adult alcohol abuse, her divorces, and her battle with cancer before she found the courage and hope to survive.
Debrah Constance founded A Place Called Home in 1993. APCH now offers its youth members many programs including an all-day school in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District; computer lab; music; art; dance; tutoring and mentoring. In September of 1996, with a growth in membership to 400, APCH moved to its present location-a 10,000-square-foot facility that serves over 4,000 children. J.I. Kleinberg is a freelance writer whose clients include individuals and corporations in the travel, healthcare, and design/print industries as well as a wide range of other businesses.