A SENSE OF HOME (ASOH) is a LA-based nonprofit organization designed to transform the lives of at-risk foster youth who age out of the foster care system by creating their first ever homes. Installing donated furniture, volunteers work with the ASOH Team (consisting of all foster youth staff) to create an inspired home for a foster youth in their first permanent living space, empowering the youth to be as successful as their environment. The experience is akin to therapy. The youth feels for the first time in their life that they matter and gain stability, dignity, self-worth, pride and confidence.
By creating a physical home that is the embodiment of the dreams and unique personality of each youth served and an ongoing community of care, A Sense of Home offers aged-out youth the courage to dream and confidence to manifest those dreams, to transform the experience of scarcity to abundance and generosity.
Resourceful former foster youth may secure Section 8 Housing but with no family or community to help them set up their first homes, their apartments are empty of furniture and basic necessities most people take for granted. These transitioning youth sleep, eat and study on bare floors. They store their clothing in plastic garbage bags.
Having already endured lives of emotional and/or physical trauma, these young people are now left with no sense of security. They're left to fend for themselves, with no semblance of a foundation on which to build or from which to move forward, let alone thrive.
ASOH brings together volunteers to serve as a family would, building an organic community apparatus for former foster youth to step into, be a part of, become invested in, and learn from. It is a safe space for them to live in the real world and understand how to show up as a community member and have a voice for themselves and others.
Each youth pays it forward partaking as a team member creating another youth's home. The more the youth pays it forward the more they become immersed in community, learning from healthy role models who can vouch for their work ethic and open up better career opportunities.