WHO ARE WE ... In early 2001 A Place Along the Way (APATW) was established by Carla Canada who began providing lunches in the parks of Pasadena, CA along with inspirational words trying to detour the youth from a life of drugs, crime, and violence. In 2003 APATW took it indoors and started various educational support groups. Working with high-risk youth as an alternative to jails and institutions. In 2005 APATW opened a second location our first emergency shelter (Fontana). Feeding and sheltering homeless teens (whether they were runaways or throwaways). In 2007 APATW opened our Hemet location which provides temporary services such as daytime shelter, laundry, shower, mail, job search, and meals. In 2008 APATW opened our "Bloomington location " which provides temporary services such as emergency shelter, laundry, shower, mail, job search, and meals. In 2013 APATW had to close its Bloomington location due to an electrical fire and so our Rialto location was opened which provided temporary daytime services such as daytime shelter, laundry, shower, mail, job search, meals, and various educational support groups.
Many individuals have been or are at-risk of incarceration, addictions, and homelessness. In recent years there has been a sharp increase in this diverse and severely underserved population. Adolescents in this group have a multitude of needs that must be addressed in order for them to live satisfying and independent lives within the community. A Place Along the Way works tirelessly to provide effective services for our youth. APATW has partnered with several public and private agencies so that we may provide services to our youth and their families in need.
Carla L Canada, Executive Director and Founder of A Place Along the Way is an ex-problem child, who has turned her life around, with the care of a loving God.
Growing up in an alcoholic household Carla didn't always receive the nurturing and attention she thought she desired. So, she sought her sense of family outside the home. What she found was a lot of other teens like her. Running away from life through a bottle, joint, pills or anything else they could muster.
This life caused Carla to sell drugs, commit crimes and witnessed a multitude of deaths, many of those her own friends. Though the street life proved fierce most of the time, Carla was loyal to it.. Ultimately, the consequence of this delinquent life-style was years of incarceration.
Her children taken from her and put in the foster care system. She thought she would never have the opportunity to watch them grow and assist in their development. She finally opened her eyes to what was truly important in life, and has turned herself around with the care of a loving God.
She takes a very personal stand in steering young people away from the life that cost her so many of her precious years, away from herself and her family.
In essence, Carla believes, there is always hope. A Place Along the Way is the answer to a long life dream of hers. With many obstacles in the way she has persevered. She says that she owes it all to her children,
They are her inspiration.
She also wants to thank all that have supported her in her endeavor.