A Sense of Home (ASOH) creates first homes for youth who age out of the foster care system by bringing together virtually every segment of the community in doing social good while deriving great value in return.
A staggering 30% of the homeless population are youth who have exited foster care. There are between 20,000 – 35,000 youth “aging-out” of the foster care system each year. Seven out of ten girls aging-out have children of their own.
ASOH transforms the lives of at-risk foster youth who “age out” of the system by creating their first ever homes utilizing new, donated furniture and the loving-kindness of volunteers. Creating up to 3 homes per week, volunteers gather to turn empty spaces into beautiful, inspiring homes in under 2 hours, forever changing these young peoples lives.
Resourceful former foster youth may secure Section 8 or other subsidized housing but with no support system to help them set up their first homes, their apartments are empty. They sleep, eat and study on bare floors. They store their belongings in plastic bags. Eliminating the financial impossibility of furnishing one’s home and creating an uncluttered, organized, and serene home environment has proven to significantly improve the productivity of an employee and student and increase crucial cognitive skills necessary for success.
ASOH’s mission is to efficiently work with community partners to create a physical home that is the embodiment of the dreams and unique personality of each youth served to transform their experience of scarcity to one of comfort and care. Research shows that the state of one’s home affects one’s physical health, cognitive development, and social / emotional well-being and impacts an individual’s view of themselves and their place in the world. For more research and facts click here.