Furnishing a home is a weapon against homelessness: “Furniture provision services reduces tenancy failure… a lack of furniture has adverse psychological impacts.”*
In 90-minutes, a community of loving volunteers harnesses the excess capacity business model to furnish a space with donated goods. Without a bed, basic kitchen items, and a place to work, eat, and study, self-sufficiency is not possible.
*(CRESR at Sheffield Hallam University, “Assessment of the need for furniture” Aimee Ambrose, et al, Mar. 2016)
99% of recipients successfully maintain their tenancy and do not experience future homelessness. While organizations exist to support foster youths’ transitions to independence, no other organization is exclusively dedicated to providing home necessities to help youth successfully achieve self-sufficiency.
of recipients report feeling in control of their finances.
of recipients have successfully maintained their sense of home.
of recipients report feeling hopeful about their future.
of recipients report feeling confident in their ability to succeed.
of recipients report feeling equipped to take on life’s challenges.
Home is a gateway to improved well-being, and to a greater likelihood of success in work, education, and relationships.
ASOH eliminates 3 barriers preventing youth from obtaining and maintaining a sense of home. Equally important, the “how” of the model exemplifies how the youth break these same barriers in another circumstance – allowing the recipient to thrive after their home creation.
The financial means to furnish one’s home.
The physical capacity to furnish one’s home, on their own.
Where to begin? How to go about furnishing one’s home.
Maslow’s theory argues that humans have a series of needs, which by addressing, enables us to reach our full potential. The UN Development Program measures its Human Development Index not in the gross domestic product of a nation, but in the capabilities of individuals to achieve sets of outcomes that improve the human condition — by how much a citizenry moves up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. By providing a home created by the community and former foster youth, ASOH has the unique ability to move individuals through all levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and improve the human condition.
Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty
Increased Community Connection
Creating a Community of Like-Minded Individuals
Reduction of Children Going Into Foster Care
More Productive Citizens in Work and Education
Foster youth who have overcome all odds to achieve a roof over their head, but arrive with only the means to live on the floor, are likely to become homeless. ASOH helps them go from surviving to thriving.
25% of Youth
who have aged-out of the system won’t graduate from high school or be able to pass their GED.
of incarcerated inmates in US prisons have spent time in foster care.
of girls who have been in the system of foster care will become pregnant before age 21.
of the homeless population spent time in foster care.
of all child sex trafficking victims have histories of being in foster care.
is the unemployment rate of youth aging out of the foster care system.
Less Than 3% Chance
of aged-out foster care youths going on to earn a college degree at any point in their lifetime.
of foster youth have been diagnosed with PTSD.
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