A Sense of Home
Coming together to change the lives of former foster youth,
one home at a time.
At A Sense of Home, we believe as Confucius stated that "the strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home” and that a home full of hope, dignity and love is the first step in homeless prevention. We envision a society where the excess of businesses and individuals are shared through a community experience with those in need of “home”. We envision a world where furniture and appliances are never sent to landfills, but always given a second life. We believe that homelessness can only be eradicated through the active participation by all community stakeholders when focusing on prevention. The largest sector falling into homelessness are virtually invisible to society. They are the young people who survived the foster care system only to exit the system having to fend for themselves. To this end, we vow to work relentlessly toward the accomplishment of our mission:
A Sense of Home strives to prevent homelessness by creating first-ever homes for youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture and home goods. 30% of those struggling with homelessness are former foster youth. The homeless crisis can only end through prevention.
There are between 20,000 – 35,000 youth “aging-out” of the foster care system each year. These are the most at risk at becoming homeless in America. Seven out of ten girls aging-out have children of their own. The next generation is at greatest risk of going into foster care. By pooling resources readily available in the community to create beautiful first homes, we change the trajectory of aged-out foster youth (and their own children). Whether they have already experienced homelessness or not, 99% of recipients of ASOH have been successful in maintaining their tenancy.
ASOH gathers the least recycled household items; furniture and home goods contributing to a greener environment. Returned products to furniture and home goods stores just like the items in one’s own home are often discarded. These quality items become a life-changing gift for former foster youth when installed lovingly by volunteers from the community; transforming the way the youth view themselves as well as those around them.
At the core of our work is the home creation. Empty walls, floors and rooms, once unlivable, are transformed into fully-furnished, functional and beautiful homes in less than two hours by a team of 12-24 volunteers. By sponsoring home creations businesses or families give back to the community while providing employees or family members a rewarding and life changing team-building experience. ASOH not only eliminates the financial obstacles of furnishing a home but also improves the overall well-being of the recipient as well as society overall.
ASOH strives to create a physical home that is the embodiment of the dreams and unique personality of each youth (and their young family) to transform their experience of scarcity and survival to one of comfort and care. Youth who receive a home creation pay-it-forward by partaking as volunteers to create homes for other youth.
The ASOH model addresses two major social crises: homelessness and the environment and matches excess in consumer goods with those in need through a seamless process that adds value to every participant, at every step:
Business Partners : By collecting unwanted furniture, we engage businesses in the process of contributing to a greener environment while giving former foster youth opportunity at a fair shot at life. Corporate Sponsors
By sponsoring home creations businesses give back to the community while providing employees a rewarding team building experience.
Individual Volunteers : Our warehouse is where the donated furnishings are receive, stored, and sorted ready to be delivered to home creations for youth. By giving us a helping hand in the warehouse volunteers enable us to get to more youth on our waitlist.
Individual Donors : The needs of each youth we serve are different and unique. We strive to provide each youth and every home creation everything that is needed for their specific circumstances. By donating money, individual donors fund specific needs for items (refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, etc) that we don’t regularly receive from our corporate partners.
High Schools and Middle Schools : The best way to teach the next generation of leaders the values of kindness and generosity is by having them practice these acts. By organizing drives to collect smaller home essentials, high schools and middle school students, educate their community while enhancing school spirit. Students sponsor home creations providing their groups a rewarding team building experience while supporting a life changing milestone for their peers who would otherwise be fending for themselves.
Former Foster Youth Paying It Forward: Youth who receive a home creation pay-it-forward by partaking as volunteers to create homes for other youth. Transformed by their own experience their shining example as a volunteer reveals the best version of themselves, and inspires their peers to become architects of their own destiny.
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