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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Welcome Home Yaseen. We are so excited to see you achieve all of your goals. We couldn’t have created Yaseen’s home without all of the regular, diverse, loving ASOH volunteers who showed up for Yaseen with such heart, grace, humility, kindness and humanity. If you would like to volunteer at a Home Creation or in our warehouse please email volunteer@asenseofhome.org.

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.
  • Watch this video to get inspired youtu.be/kVCBWn9_F7I
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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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This #transformationtuesday, we’re highlighting one of our talented and creative Alumni, KRISTEN!

At 24 years old, Kristen is studying fashion design at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) while enrolled in a program where she works to help find resources for former foster youth like her. Her dream is to transfer to USC✌🏼, UCLA💙💛, or Berkeley🐻 for art and eventually have her own clothing store.

Kristen has already created over 700 art pieces in her life, had TWO art shows at UCLA, AND won the British Film Academy “Student Film Documentary Award”!

She shares, “To have people that actually really care about former foster youth and listening to my story and really having a heart for me, it means the world, and being able to have everything I need to become that artist that I want to be, it means everything. Thank you so much.”

Welcome home, Kristen! We can’t wait to see all the good you do in this creative world!

#transformationtuesday #asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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Happy Father’s Day to all the ASOH dads out there like Austin!

Volunteers from ALL over LA - new and longtime supporters alike - came together to celebrate Austin’s beautiful growing family last weekend. With your help, they have everything they need to welcome their third baby boy and our hearts couldn’t be more full for this hard working duo. 

Austin - Hope you enjoyed that post-Home Creation bbq! You do so much providing for your family every day and we know it’s only up from here! Welcome home! 

Happy Father’s Day to all the father figures in our lives and to all who celebrate 💙💐

#asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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📌Save the Date 📌 We’re thrilled to announce the date for our 2024 Gala! Enjoy surprise musical performances, silent auction, rousing speeches, and a delectable menu in a chic, cozy and magical ambiance on Thursday, October 24th all in support of our mission.

Link in bio for more info or contact andrea@asenseofhome.org for sponsorship opportunities! 

#losangelesevents #asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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One of our youngest Pay-it-Forward Alumni (PIFA), Olivia, shares why we create a “love jar” with encouraging notes at the end of each Home Creation. Drop a 👋🏼 if you’ve given or received a love jar note before!

#asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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Happy Pride Month from A Sense of Home! Did you know that:

🏳️‍🌈 27% of ASOH recipients identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

🏳️‍🌈 Many LGBTQIA+ youth enter the system after experiencing family rejection due to their gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation.

🏳️‍🌈 In Los Angeles, about 19% of foster youth identify with the LGBTQIA+ community.

🏳️‍🌈 One in three foster youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and they are among the most likely to face difficulty in government care as the system lacks the support they need to feel safe, supported, and affirmed.

🫶 For this and so many reasons, #ASOH is committed to helping end the cycle of homelessness for ALL youth aging out of the foster care system by surrounding them with a loving community.

#happypride #everydayispridemonth #pride #lgbtqia #fosteryouthempowerment
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We’re still on Cloud 9 from Zoey’s Home Creation with @ruggable! Not only do they donate countless rugs to us every month, they regularly volunteer, AND recently invited ASOH to participate in their Summit this past May to help inspire others to join. #ASOH is proud to partner with such a thoughtful, socially conscious, leading home decor brand. Thank you, team Ruggable!

#ruggable #ruggableandASOH #asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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📣ASOH Alumni in the News!📣 Join us in congratulating Alumni and ASOH Scholarship Recipient Junely for her incredible commencement speech while accepting her Master’s Degree in Higher Education at Cal State Fullerton. Her powerful words shed light on the foster care community while celebrating fellow cycle breakers, advocates, and activists in our community. We are so proud of you @merwinjayactivist!

Thank you @devinenews and @foxLA for highlighting Junely and helping inspire others to persist in their journey!

#asenseofhome #ASOH #fosteryouthempowerment #fosteryouthmatter #communitypowered
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Let’s hear it for #asenseofhome’s very own Community Resource Navigator Elvira Laguna!👏👏👏

@elvirasplaceofficial continues to inspire us again and again. As a former foster youth and #ASOH Alumni herself, Elvira offers a unique perspective to our programs and advocacy efforts. In her sit down with @devinenews, she sheds light on some of the necessary systemic changes within the foster care system and shares about her recent experience speaking in Sacramento to ensure that funds and resources for foster youth continue to be a priority in California.

Elvira was also recently featured in @refinery29 article, “Why are Latinas so Overrepresented in the Foster Care System?” where she speaks to her personal experiences of resiliency and the power of having a strong role model in her life. Click the link in bio for the full story.

A big thank you to Elvira for all that she does to support and advocate for the foster care community!💙💙💙

#fostercareawarenessmonth #fosteryouthempowerment #FCAM
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As #fostercareawarenessmonth comes to an end, we want to illuminate the inspiration, kindness, and sense of community provided by our Alumni towards every new foster youth supported by #ASOH. 💙🫶

As our community continues to grow, so too do our efforts to celebrate and advocate for all former foster youths not only during Foster Care Awareness Month, but EVERY DAY. 💙💙💙

#fosteryouthempowerment #FCAM #fosteryouthempowerment #asenseofhome
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Thank you lizrobinson for opening your heart and sharing about your experience in the foster care system with @devinenews. We admire your vulnerability, bravery, compassion, and dedication to the foster care community. Sharing your story and showing compassion to others are some of the most powerful acts of advocacy there are. We are honored to share your words during
#fostercareawarenessmonth. 💙💙💙

And thank you and your daughter for being such a valuable part of the #asenseofhome Pay-It-Forward Alumni community. 💕

#fosteryouthempowerment #FCAM #ASOH
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A Sense of Home | The After-Foster-Care Community
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