The Science of Home

Home Determines How Successful, Happy, and Healthy We Are

For each of us, home is the center of our world. It is where we design and manifest our future. Being at “home” is a feeling that makes us feel like we belong in the world. It is a predictable and secure place. It is where we manage our emotional and physical well-being. It is our centering place to build and grow healthy relationships, where we orientate ourselves, maintain order, organize our lives and improve our productivity as employees 
and students.

So too, for aged-out foster youth once they receive their sense of home. It is a place where they can make plans for birthdays, holiday gatherings, and family dinners. It is a wellspring of inspiration to grow their confidence, to go out into the world, and work to improve their life.

A safe and stable place to live is widely recognized by the scientific community as imperative to maintaining good health, lessening the deterioration of mental health, and vital for an individual to achieve positive outcomes in education and employment.

Home: A Launchpad to Success

  • According to the Neuroscience Institute, students and employees are more productive and better able to process information when living in an organized and functional home.
  • Recent research by APS Fellow Eldar Shafir, of Princeton University, indicates that removing the financial burden of creating a home decreases the likelihood of an individual falling into the “scarcity trap” and increases the likelihood of escaping poverty and improving overall well-being.
  • Environmental psychology has proven that we see ourselves the way that we see our environment and living in an uplifting and functional home increases success in work, education, relationships and elevates personal goals.
  • A home environment that feels safe and reflects the personality of the individual helps to create agency, and according to positive psychology expert Martin Seligman, inspires efficacy, optimism, and imagination. Individuals who have a sense of agency and a positive outlook have stronger immune systems, fewer infections, their bodies heal faster, they have less inflammation and live 8 years longer on average.

Based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

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.

Outcomes of Attaining Each Level

  • Preventing Homelessness
  • Financial Independence
  • 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

A Sense of Home provides deserving young adults with homes in just 90 minutes, giving them a foundation of which they can thrive from.

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Family in an unfurnished home
Happy Family with fully furnished home
Family in an unfurnished home
Happy Family with fully furnished home
Family in an unfurnished home
Happy Family with fully furnished home

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Crowdsourced from local businesses and individual donors, more than 200 pre-screened and high-quality household goods (otherwise destined for landfills) have been repurposed and installed in homes, allowing ASOH to create a custom-tailored home environment designed specifically to align with each recipient’s taste and style.

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