“A Sense Of Home represents, for me, the power of the individual, or in this case, individuals. Georgie and Melissa started out responding to one young man’s request for assistance-and then they responded again...and again. As a result, they have build a network of volunteers and donation streams which is now A Sense Of Home. A simple idea, really, but so profound in action. It fulfills the need of both the recipient and volunteer: it fosters paying forward the good fortune, kindness and support received, in a very personal, hands on way.
A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in its permanence, in its capacity of accretion and solidification, in its quality of representing, in all its detail, the personalities of the people who live in it.” H.L. Mencken “The organization is dynamic and evolving as one-time recipients become future volunteers. With each new home, the level of commitment grows, and what was once a grassroots effort, has become a full blown community of families. I am honored to play a small part.”
Jeanette W., Volunteer
“Have you ever or do you suffer from Depression? I found one the the best ways for me to overcome mine (yes, I suffer from it, and I mean suffer) is to stop thinking it’s all about me and reach out and help others. To stop looking inward and start looking outward, at the beautiful world and the beautiful people in it. A Sense of Home has helped me see that giving back is the best cure for depression. To see people gather together to help someone they never met and give them a helping and is one of the most uplifting feelings in the world. You can have that feeling as well this weekend. Go to the website and volunteer. Together we can make a difference in four young peoples’ lives this weekend. And it doesn’t end there. This is a movement! A positive one."
Mark N., Volunteer
“I never imagined I would be head of house of a 2 bedroom home at age 23. Faith and hard work pays off. The journey getting to this point was nowhere easy but worth it. I am honored to have met beautiful human beings who are serious in influencing people’s lives. Thank you @asenseofhomeorg for bringing your love and joy to this home. Thank you for loving foster youth so much and becoming the community bridge of healing through your actions. When I look back at my college experience, I will always remember the impact you had on me and my son. Thank you for blessing my home.”
"My favorite day of the week is A Sense of Home days”
Linda K., Volunteer
“We thrive because of you. All we’ve known is constant rejection. Rejection from family, friends, people who say that they want to help but they don’t, people who claim that they care but never show it. We are all ever so grateful that you came into our lives!”
“My days volunteering for ASOH are the best days of my years,”
Rachel R. and her daughter Mia (7th grade)
“I can not thank you all enough for such a wonderful experience and a new found sense of home. I am overly pleased and satisfied with the aid and gifts I was given. A Sense of Home filed my transition into graduate school with kindness, support, warmth and a beautiful place to call home. Now that I know what it is like to be given a sense of home I am more than motivated to be a part of creating beautiful homes alongside wonderful people in the near future.”
Kyndra M., Recipient
“It keeps getting better every time I pay it forward. And I thought the best day of my life was receiving my sense of home.”
Lisa, Recipient/Pay it Forward Youth
"These are divisive and difficult times for many of us, which made finding a non-profit like A Sense of Home (ASOH) all the more meaningful to me.
On Tuesday, a dozen friends and some of their kids joined me and the ASOH staff at the North Hills apartment of an "aged out" foster youth named Kristy. Over the next few hours, we transformed her bare apartment into an inviting and cozy home. It wasn’t just about the furnishings, though. It was about people leading with their hearts and coming together for the benefit of someone in need in our community. Kristy is a lovely young woman who works as a certified nurse assistant, lately in hospice care. No matter what happens in her future, she will always have the example of people coming together to support her in an important and meaningful way. To those of you who contributed to my fundraiser, you not only enabled this “housewarming” to happen, but your funds will provide ongoing support to an organization that employs “aged out” foster youth who work tirelessly to make a real difference in an often forgotten corner of our population. The community of love and support they have developed is beautiful to see."