The very small staff and lean operations in Los Angeles have functioned out of a donated warehouse space for 4 years. New owners of the space that ASOH occupies require them to move. In order to continue operations ASOH must raise funds for a warehouse immediately.
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A Sense of Home (ASOH) creates first ever homes for youth who “age out” of foster care with donated furniture and household items. About 30% of those struggling with homelessness were once in foster care. By gathering what we have too much of in our homes and businesses along with returned products from furniture and home-goods stores, we are able to design an entire home for someone who would otherwise be forced to sleep on the floor. The homeless crisis will not end by trying to stop the cycle after it begins. We believe that volunteers creating a functioning home full of hope, dignity and love is the first step in homeless prevention.
Bringing together community to reduce homelessness amongst those that make up the largest percentage of the homeless population, ASOH gathers the least recycled household items; furniture and home goods contributing to a greener environment while changing the trajectory of aged-out foster youth. Returned products to furniture and home goods stores just like the items in one’s own home 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 impossibility of furnishing one’s home for those below the poverty line without family, it improves the overall well being of the recipient as well as the overall society.
ASOH strives to create a physical home that is the embodiment of the dreams and unique personality of each youth 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. Transformed by their own experience their shining example as a volunteer reveals the best version of themselves, and inspires their peers to become architects of their own destiny.
The ASOH model addresses two major social crises: homelessness and the environment matching excess consumer goods with those in need in a seamless process that adds value to every participant, at every step.
Learn more information at: https://asenseofhome.org/