Alumni Thriving

Find out where our ASOH recipients are today and learn how your support has helped to transform the lives of these former foster youth – who have gone from simply surviving to thriving.

Chyenne “Chy” Roan-Santini

Chyenne “Chy” Roan-Santini is a model, advocate, and former foster youth from Los Angeles, CA. She received her home creation by A Sense of Home in 2018, after securing her first-ever apartment. Prior to this, she worked as a Program Leader for after school programs in LAUSD. During this time, she had just exited from transitional housing and was living with a relative that was not a safe living environment. This was also around the time that her dream of becoming a fashion model began to manifest. She knew that she was meant for so much more, and was determined to get there.

Utilizing her skills and passion, Chyenne began building a portfolio and going to various auditions around the city without a car, and while still working at the school. As she began to make a name for herself as a freelance model she was able to focus soley on casting and auditions. Eventually, this would lead to her first major modeling job–a fashion campaign with H&M.

After booking the job with H&M independently, Chyenne was even more inspired to be fearless. It was around this same time that a housing opportunity presented itself, and Chyenne secured her very first apartment and learned about A Sense of Home, freeing her of the toxic living environment she was in and giving her the ability to have a safe place to thrive. The day that Chyenne received her home creation was the day that her love for advocacy and service multiplied. After this remarkable act of kindness from the A Sense of Home community,, she was inspired and determined to give it back, becoming a Pay-It-Forward Alumni.

Chyenne continued making strides as an independent model, and began to dive more into her advocacy efforts. ASOH noticed the modeling portfolio she had been building in the years prior, and suported her with getting an agent in Los Angeles. With all of the dedication and effort that Chyenne put into building her portfolio, the work had paid off. The agency loved her work, and she was signed to M Model Management (now Minelli Management). Chyenne is now a successful model and has booked campaigns with brands such as Nike, Porsche, Apple, Audi, Chase Bank, and Facebook, to name a few. Chyenne utilizes her modeling platform to amplify the voices of foster youth and the unhoused community in LA.

Through her advocacy, service with ASOH, and overall dedication to her community, Chyenne has been featured on various platforms such as Fox 11 News, Spectrum News, and Attn Dotcom to share her inspiring journey. She continues to work in fashion and is now working toward becoming an author, going back to school, and expanding in her advocacy efforts. She recently joined an advocacy group, Youth Led Nation, which aims to empower and support youth facing homelessness in LA County.

Chyenne shares “ Thank you A Sense of Home, for not only providing me with community and the true essence of a home, but also for holding my hands as my dedication, service, and hard work led to my true purpose.”


Michelle is a single mother, raising three children, one with special needs. She is a barista who is pursuing acting and furthering her equation. After her home creation in January 2020, she and her daughter Olivia immediately began volunteering — paying it forward to support others in their situation. Through this experience, both Michelle and Olivia found new a community and friends. Michelle and Olivia became best friends with Elizabeth and Naomi (above). Each has been extraordinary in supporting recipients of home creations and their children. Making them feel comfortable in embracing the overwhelming experience of having 25+ strangers in their empty apartment to make it a home. During the process of a home creation the ASOH Team shares resources that the recipient can access to improve outcomes in employment, well-being, and education. We also create a vision board with the recipient. Having the presence of  Michelle, Olivia, Elizabeth, and Naomi always means that the recipient is more inclined to embrace the critical resources and the opportunity to reflect and create a vision board for a new future. We are excited to see what the future holds for these magical people. We know we’ll be celebrating their successes for many years to come.


Elizabeth is a teacher’s aid who is also studying film and TV at Santa Monica College while raising her almost 10-year-old daughter Naomi. After having her home created in October 2019, Elizabeth began bringing her daughter Naomi to volunteer to create homes for their peers. The more they paid it forward, the more they realized that they were a conduit for change. At first, both were painfully shy. With each opportunity to pay it forward, they realized more and more that their voice matters, and they each began to shine in new and different ways. The more they pay it forward, the more they feel connected to the community. The more they pay it forward, the happier they become and they share their contagious joy with others. Elizabeth doesn’t have a car and yet she and Naomi volunteer each and every week, come rain or shine. We are so excited to see what comes next for this amazing mother-daughter duo. We are here to support them both.


Fatima is now studying for her master’s degree in social work as she raises her two incredible children Azaiah and Penelope.

After her home creation in April 2019, Fatima was able to take in her siblings and their loves during the pandemic when they were faced with homelessness. As Fatima conveys in her video testimony she has been able to nurture not only herself but her kids, her siblings, and their loves as well as her supportive friends. Fatima has been able to provide shelter for others and build community and healthy relationships.

Recently Fatima and her two remarkable kids joined ASOH in creating Fatima’s sister’s home. Vanesa is studying social work at Cal State LA and hopes to become a social worker for foster youth. Fatima’s son, Azaiah, displayed an astounding work ethic in helping create his aunt’s home. Penelope is a fabulous artist and made beautiful art for her Aunt Vanesa’s home. Vanesa also loves to paint and received an artist’s kit from the volunteers who created her home.

Next, we create a home for her brother, Jacob. The ripple effect continues


In early 2019 ASOH created Julisa’s home, where she inspired us by saying that what she most loved about the home creations was “having this raw, authentic, human experience — where we are connecting with one another’s soul. It’s just beautiful.”

A single mother, Julisa has now graduated from her LVN nursing program, and will go on to become an RN and earn her bachelors degree. Congratulations Julisa! We are so honored to know you. Not only is Julisa an amazing mother, auntie, and sister, but also such an immense support to her former foster youth peers, while serving the broader community as a nurse. Thank you for all the many occasions that you have paid it forward!

Shero of the week ~ Julisa xoxoxo


When Felicia reached out to let us know she had been accepted to Columbia Law School, it occurred to us that she really embodies all that ASOH is about. This is Felicia after her home creation in 2019.

We first met Felicia in ASOH’s earliest days. It was in 2015 when she was moving into off-campus accommodations near USC, where she was studying for her bachelor’s degree in American Studies & Ethnicity. Felicia was so very softly spoken. She had secured a room in a large house and had no furniture whatsoever. We created a sense of home for her by providing a full and fabulous bedroom with a cozy bed, desk, large wardrobe and all the essentials. We were so surprised when she soon after came to pay-it-forward. She had been so very shy, and it takes courage to reach out and ask to volunteer, show up and work hard, then do it over and over again. Her voice grew and grew with each home creation. She then graduated, took a job in San Diego and earned a Fulbright Scholarship working in Mexico City, then accepted an internship in the Bay Area before returning to Los Angeles in 2019, when we created a home for her. That space became her base to work from full-time while preparing for her law school entrance exams – and she secured her number one dream school! Felicia never stopped volunteering or paying-it-forward with ASOH. And has not stopped referring young women to ASOH. Like her sister Alexys. Felicia captures the ripple effect of ASOH, and her grace, humility, humanitarianism, and great sense of decency reflects the ASOH core values that we hold so dear. We are so proud of Felicia and the fact that she has shared her journey with us.

Felicia’s desire to become a lawyer is so she can advocate for youth in the juvenile justice system and foster care system, while shaping new policy to create criminal justice reform and foster care reform. She seeks justice, equality and peace for all.


Beloved and talented spoken word artist, Johna discovered A Sense of Home when her friend’s home was created. Johna was homeless at the time and began volunteering for ASOH immediately. Johna took many buses to join us, volunteering each week to create homes for her peers. Ultimately we created Johna’s home just before the pandemic in February 2020. As you can see in the video, she was surrounded by the many young people whom she had supported when they first had their homes created.
Johna continues to pay it forward even though she is very busy with the successful film festival she founded, Real to Reel Global. Johna is a talented filmmaker herself who is writing, directing, and producing her own short films while working full-time at the Jimmy Kimmel Show (thanks to an introduction by A Sense of Home). In addition to all of her many commitments, Johna writes and records poetry and rap.

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