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The Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS) news and events page highlights upcoming events, important news updates, APDS outreach and the communal activities we sponsor and support.

Driving Park treatment center a ‘Beacon of Light’!

‘Making Families Healthier and Safer’ is the driving force at Africentric Personal Development Shop, Inc. (APDS). Erica Thompson, Columbus Dispatch Journalist, did an awesome job of accentuating the essence of APDS in her article released online today at The link to the story is listed below. The “paper print” version will be released soon in The Columbus Dispatch newspaper. A special thanks to Erica Thompson and The Columbus Dispatch News for their coverage of APDS and the Driving Park Area Community.

Thanksgiving Food Give-a-Way!!!

The Africentric Personal Development Shop is having a drive-up food give-a-way to help complete your Thanksgiving Meal. Each family will also receive a $20.00 gift card to Kroger. APDS: Must be 18 or older and have ID to receive the donation. 


DATE: 11/21/2022.




APDS: 1409 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus OH, 43205 (Across from the Driving Park Library. In the ally behind the building).  For more information, contact us at: APDS (614)253-4448, or in person at 1409 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205.

APDS hones its services to meet community needs

While the Africentric Personal Development Shop may not be well known by the Greater Columbus community, CEO Jerry Saunders Sr. says it has the most important factor down — street credibility. Since 1988, the Near East Side nonprofit has quietly helped take care of the community. The behavioral health care center specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and education classes to prevent, treat and eliminate substance abuse and domestic violence. Recently, APDS focused on its top three programs — substance abuse outpatient treatment, domestic violence intervention education for male batterers and youth prevention services through a summer day camp. By paring back its broader approach, the nonprofit hopes to make a bigger impact, Saunders says. “My passion is to help people help themselves,” he says, adding that APDS has found that it is important to treat the entire family, so he’d like to add family therapy programs in the future. Read Article in the publication SMART BUSINESS »»»