ABOUT US

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.1
The homeless crisis can only end through prevention.

Our Vision

  • We believe 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.

Problem

“Difficulties furnishing a tenancy can be a cause of tenancy failure.”2

Solution

“Providing help with furniture and furnishings is a very basic form of homelessness prevention.”3

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.

“The Strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home”

– Confucius

The Facts

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.

The Odds are Stacked Against Foster Youth

70%

of girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 214

47%

is the unemployment rate of youth aging out of the foster care system5

25%

of the prison population was in the foster care system at one point1

25%

of aged-out foster youth are clinically diagnosed with PTSD – a higher rate than any other population5

OUR WORK

ASOH gathers the least recycled household items – furniture and home goods contributing to a greener environment. Returned products to furniture and home goods stores 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 Sustainable Model

Win Win Win Win for Society

The ASOH model addresses two major social crises: homelessness and the environment. We match excess consumer goods with those in need through a seamless process that adds value to every participant, at every step.

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Reduce landfills

Volunteers and participants gain improved well-being and productivity

An Aged-out foster youth gains a sense of home and a sustainable tenancy

Reduction in
homelessness

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

 

  • Business Partners
    By collecting unwanted furniture, we engage businesses in the process of contributing to a greener environment.
  • Corporate Sponsors
    By sponsoring home creations, businesses give back to the community while providing employees a rewarding team building experience.
  • Individual Volunteers
    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.
  • 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.

1 ABC News Primetime

2 The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University “Assessment of the need for Furniture” Authors: Aimee Ambrose Elaine Batty Will Eadson Paul Hickman George Quinn, March 2016

3 Scottish Council for Single Homeless (2007) “Tenancy Failure – how much does it cost?”

4 https://www.nfyi.org/51-useful-aging-out-of-foster-care-statistics-social-race-media/

5 Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth” By Dworsky, Courtney, et al, 2011 University Chicago (Chaplin Hall)

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