From a Random Act of Kindness to

950 HOMES & COUNTING

From a Random Act of Kindness to

950 HOMES & COUNTING

A Sense of Home strives to prevent homelessness by creating first-ever homes and a community for youth aging out of foster care.

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Please watch this powerful video where Raven conveys how her new home allows for her and her family to finally feel safe and ready to achieve their goals. We are incredibly grateful to have partners like Gallery Department and the Stop Being Racist! Foundation for showing up as her community.

Welcome Home, Raven! Everyone at A Sense of Home and Gallery Department will forever cheer you on! Your positivity, endurance, and caring energy is an inspiration to us all.

Sponsor a Home Creation

  • Sponsoring the creation of a home in the individual or family’s apartment
  • $8k donation
  • Up to 24 volunteers (depends on the size of the home)
  • You will receive details of the individual or family you are creating a home for
  • Feel free to bring anything your heart desires, for example — welcome home gift baskets
  • Videos and photos provided
  • ASOH provides all items for the home including refreshments and lunch for you and your family
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Sponsor a Home in Someone’s Honor

  • Donate $8k to sponsor a home in honor of someone you adore
  • We will send an animated card revealing this gift to the individual you are honoring
  • We will send you the video of your home creation and can further dedicate it to the individual you are honoring
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Wishlist Shopping Online

  • You may want to share with your community & colleagues the ASOH wishlist asenseofhome.org/asoh-wishlists.
  • This is updated weekly to reflect the items ASOH is in most need of to install all 250+ items in the every home that we create.
  • For example if you click on our wishlist you will notice that we are in great need of crib mattresses and decor.
  • Your colleagues could shop online for this list, or you might choose to do a decor drive at your company — where everyone brings in decor to the office on a specified date and then you deliver all of the decor donations to the ASOH warehouse on a Tuesday.
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From One Kid to Another

Are you ready to change a child's life?

  • Take a look at your possessions. What don’t you really need?
  • If you are an 8-year-old, and you have out grown your amazing 7-year-old clothes — Please collect and prepare them for a child who needs these right now.
  • Neatly fold all of your favorite 7-year-old clothes and place it in one of your largest organizer boxes.
  • Then add shoes, socks, schools supplies, books, toys and games.
  • Write a note especially for the 7-year-old who is going to receive these items.
  • Create a label for the outside of the box and label “7-year-old”. Then tell all your friends to do the same!!
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Volunteer at the ASOH Warehouse in Hawthorne

  • Schedule 2 hour or 4 hour volunteer activities
  • Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Individuals and/or small groups of volunteers
  • Create custom kits for homes
  • Build furniture
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Donate Furniture & Homewares

With every new beginning, comes the opportunity to donate furniture & homewares. We thank you for thinking of A Sense of Home for your donations.

  • It is important to note that we only accept undamaged items.
  • Donors are asked to have all items delivered by their movers or companies, such as Lugg or Dolly.
  • Deliveries are made to the ASOH warehouse: 3457 W. El Segundo Blvd. Unit A. Hawthorne CA 90250.
  • All donation deliveries must be scheduled.
  • Go to asenseofhome.org/donate-furniture-housewares for more information and to complete your donation form.
  • Upload photos of all furniture items to ensure the size will work within the small spaces in which we create homes.
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Love Library – Book Drive

We welcome and thank you for undertaking a book drive to inspire and help enhance education for the amazing young people we serve.

  • We install a Love Library in each home both for kids and for the young adults we serve.
  • To participate in the book drive, you can collect donated books or purchases.
  • Go to asenseofhome.org/love-library for our suggested reading list and where you can purchase.
  • We ask that you ship your “Love Library” packages to the ASOH warehouse: 3457 W. El Segundo Blvd. Unit A. Hawthorne CA 90250.
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Creating your own Fundraising Campaign

  • Raise $8,000 to sponsor a home creation on site
  • Go to justgiving.com/campaign/asenseofhome
  • Your team gets to create the home, or make it a virtual home creation and you will receive a video and dedicate it to a loved one or a group of individuals.
  • On-site home creations occur when daily LA COVID caseloads are lower than 500/day.
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Create Welcome Home Kits

  • Prepare welcome home baskets and kits for ASOH recipients.
  • The kits and baskets are designed to serve a specific function or to make a specific room functional.
  • For example, cooking kits ensure a fully functional kitchen and yummy cooking.
  • Go to asenseofhome.org/welcome-home-baskets for a full list of each kit.
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Create Your Own Fundraising Campaign

Rally your community and friends in innovative ways to ensure A Sense of Home can keep up with increasing demands for home creations in Los Angeles, and help ASOH open in cities across the country.

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EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AUCTION

Explore items available for bidding at A Sense of Home’s exclusive online auction, including a VIP Heitz Cellars Napa Valley Experience package! All proceeds will go towards creating homes for aged out foster youth.

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📚Welcome to the ASOH Love Library, where volunteers at our warehouse can thoughtfully select books to place in each youth and their children’s home.

Help us fill up the library by hosting a book drive or donating your gently used or new cookbooks, coffee table books, children/ baby books, and inspirational books!

Link in bio for more info or contact volunteer@asenseofhome.org 🙏🫶
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With back-to-school season upon us, we’re reminded of the inspiring awardees from our 2023-2024 A Sense of Home Scholarship cohort.

🧠 In its inaugural year, ASOH awarded 12 Alumni with a $18,750 Scholarship to help achieve their educational goals!

🎓 Three of the 12 recipients are pursuing their Associates Degree, three are working towards their Bachelor’s Degree, four are pursuing their Master’s Degree (some who just graduated!), one is in Law School at Columbia, and one is working towards obtaining her Doctorate at USC.

👏🏼 ALL of the 2023-2024 Scholarship Recipients are women and ALL are studying in fields that will allow them to give back to their community, such health care workers, lawyers, social workers, and psychologists.

Congratulations again to our 2023-2024 ASOH Scholarship awardees!

📣 ASOH Alumni! Applications for our 2024-2025 Scholarship are NOW OPEN! Check the link in bio for more info! Applications are due July 29th at 5pm PST.
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We need an all-hands-on-deck approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness and we’re proud to be a part of the solution together with our #ASOH community.

The recent 2024 @lahomelessservices count data recently revealed that homelessness in LA has decreased for the first time in 6 years. And Transitional Aged Youth (age 18-24) homelessness has decreased by 16.2%!

We are honored and humbled to work alongside such a generous and compassionate village of individuals, organizations, donors, and advocates who helped make this possible, and we are committed to continuing our work to ensure that every foster youth in Los Angeles has a safe place to call home and a caring community supporting them ❤️

#losangeles #homelessnessdata #asenseofhome #fosteryouthempowerment #communitypowered
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After graduating from 💙UCLA💛 in 2022 under Global Studies, Kristen started working as a Participant Coordinator at a local transitional housing site for a major homeless services agency. Her big heart shines bright as she plans to one day travel around the world helping people in need ✈️🌎

Kristen, we are truly honored to have you in our ASOH community!

Shout out to @jesse_king14 and friends for volunteering their time to help create such a beautiful home 🏠

Check the link in bio to explore how students and friends can get involved to support inspirational individuals like Kristen!

#asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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We are so grateful to have partners like Angel Montanez, Executive Director from the Stop Being Racist! Foundation at @gallerydepartment who helped make Raven’s Home Creation possible.

Angel shares, “One of the things that we loved about A Sense of Home is really connecting with a family and giving them something super meaningful.” 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you @gallerydepartment, Angel and the Stop Being Racist Foundation for helping create a beautiful home for Raven and her family and for showing up as her community. LA is a better place with intentional, community-focused industry leaders like you.

Check out Raven’s full Home Creation Youtube video in the link in bio!

Interested in sponsoring a home creation like @gallerydepartment? DM us or contact home@asenseofhome.org for more info!

#asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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Yaseen envisioned a home full of happiness and peace, and our ASOH volunteers brought it to life by personalizing every detail and filling up his apartment with love and kindness.

“It makes me feel grateful that there are people who DO listen to you and who DO care about you, to be here for someone they’ve never seen face to face,” Yaseen shares, “Today showed me a world of people I didn’t even know existed.”

Thank you to all of our ASOH volunteers and supporters who continue to empower and uplift incredible youth like Yaseen.

❤️ Please consider reposting to help inspire others to join our community.

❤️ Watch Yaseen’s full Home Creation in the link in bio and don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel to stay up-to-date on all this community love!

#asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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One of ASOH’s longest standing volunteers, Mark Oplatka, inspired the @redondobeachkiwanis to help create a home for Talya and transform her studio apartment into a true oasis!

Talya is currently studying entrepreneurship and business management at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) after completing their Skin Therapy Program. She’s working hard on getting her license to become an esthetician while managing her own waxing business.

Not only is she juggling school and work, she also always prioritizes advocating for the foster care community through internships with Americorps, DCFS, and Brotherhood Crusade.

We love the cow onesie, Talya! We hope you can relax in your new home after finals 🏠😌. Your hard work and dedication is such an inspiration to us all!

P.S. ASOH always needs home creation sponsors like these all-star Kiwanians. Please contact home@asenseofhome.org or check the link in bio to learn more about helping someone like Talya!

#asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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