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.

50% of those struggling with homelessness are former foster youth.
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.


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


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

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


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.

Our Story


  • Georgie Smith and Melissa Goddard answer a call for help from a foster youth who aged-out of foster care by creating a “home”


  • In October a board is established
  • A truck and warehouse space is donated
  • First employees are hired



  • Snap Inc. sponsors 30 home creations
  • National brands establish partnerships
  • 3rd truck is donated
  • 200th home is created


  • Now creating more than 110 homes per year
  • Designer Kelly Wearstler launches #Designer Challenge
  • 300th home is created
  • First COO is hired. Internal audit and strategic plan for scale is completed.
  • Snap Inc. sponsors 30 home creations



How We Began

Facts and References/Foster Care Facts Sources


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

Mission - A Sense of Home