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.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs


This is to become self-fulfilled and all that a person can be. For self-actualized individuals home is more than a place to live, it is a place where one can manifest one’s dreams.

Self-esteem Needs

A degree of self-respect as well as respect for others and respect received from others. Being proud of one’s own home, creates self-esteem that emboldens self-respect and inspires respectful behavior to others and one’s environment. Mutual respect empowers the pursuit of career and educational goals.

Love and Belonging Needs

Having a space that feels like home affords a sense of belonging while being accepted and understood by the community affords the confidence to build and grow healthy relationships.

Physical Safety Needs

To be free of fear. When a person is in a state of fear, all concentration goes to calming the fear with no ability to focus on achieving other goals. For a person to develop fully as a human being there must feel safe, especially in their home.

Physical Survival Needs

The need for food, drink, shelter, sleep, and oxygen. If a person cannot satisfy their basic survival needs, they cannot move up the pyramid to meet additional basic needs.

Empirical Evidence in Environmental Psychology

has found that an inhabitant flourishes in their home when the home reflects their personality and aspirations.

Each ASOH home creation is custom designed for the recipient based on their goals, favorite colors, passions, hobbies, aspirations, and tastes. The humanitarian approach to the design and the loving embrace by the community of volunteers is as impactful as eradicating furniture poverty:

  • The inspiring, high-quality new home environment enables the beneficiary to reimagine their future, establish more exalted goals, and become empowered to be the architect of their own destiny.
  • After a lifetime of rejection, trauma, neglect, poverty, and hardships, each recipient is celebrated, honored, respected, valued, seen, heard, and understood.
  • Receiving the attention of up to 30 strangers who have volunteered to create the home makes them understand that they matter. It creates a deep connection and an investment in the community, specifically with a sense of purpose and wanting to make a positive impact.
  • The love of strangers creates a shift in the recipient’s ability to trust and build connections with those who have had a different experience than theirs.
  • Witnessing the vulnerability and joy of strangers makes the recipient feel more connected to humanity and confident in facing their own vulnerabilities in order that they may heal.
  • “Hope,” Jane Goodall says, “is what enables us to keep going in the face of adversity. You won’t be active unless you hope that your action is going to do some good. So you need hope to get you going, but then by taking action, you generate more hope. Hope is something we can cultivate. Hope is a survival trait. Without it we perish.”
  • An opportunity to realize that their voice matters and it can educate and inspire others.
  • An immersive experience and understanding that radical transformation is possible and how to create a ripple effect of goodness and kindness.
  • Moved by the experienced, the beneficiary becomes a conduit for change — by paying it forward, helping create homes for others, and volunteering in the ASOH warehouse.

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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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.

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