Georgie Smith was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. A filmmaker, chef and designer, Smith founded the nonprofit A Sense of Home (ASOH) after her random act of kindness for an aged out foster youth formed a model for a community based solution to an escalating crisis. ASOH is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles that is dedicated to creating homes, community and a new beginning for foster youth after exiting the foster-care system. Foster youth exiting the system are more likely to become homeless or incarcerated than any other population (at a cost of $8billion/year to the tax payer). In just 2.5 years ASOH has created 170 homes changing the trajectory of 215 young lives. Smith has hired an all former foster youth staff to run the organization, empowering the once disenfranchised to become leaders of sustainable change. In 2016, Smith was honored as a top 10 CNN Hero for her pioneering grassroots community building work and in 2017 was nominated for a Shero award at the Women's Choice Awards. ASOH is a model to be replicated around the US and the world. Smith will soon launch a social enterprise that will benefit ASOH, aged-out foster youth and anyone creating their first ever home. Georgie Smith is dedicated to building healthier more loving communities from the ground up.
Georgie Smith Home is a tableau of real occasions that Georgie hopes might inspire people to come together to break bread, celebrate and/or build community.
"The word, ‘company’ comes from Latin; one who eats bread with you. I believe we are more than ever in need of the traditional sense of company. We need to go back to why its important to break bread. The essence of why we once came together seems to have been lost in ostentation at the expense of losing connection to one another. A lot of today’s leading scientist think Maslow got it wrong. The need to connect socially with others is as basic as our need for food, water and shelter. If we marry these basic needs together -- by creating lovingly prepared food, a welcoming space where others can express their true selves, we are more likely to form deeper bonds with one another, and a sense of community. We are more likely to feel connected -- as one."