A Sense of Home

aka ASOH   |   Hawthorne, CA   |  http://asenseofhome.org/

Mission

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.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are thrilled to continue to provide home creations for former foster youth and expand our model nationally in providing a strong foundation for our recipients to thrive.

Ruling year info

2016

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Ms. Georgie Smith

Main address

3457 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne unit A

Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA

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Formerly known as

Georgie Smith & Melissa Goddard

EIN

47-3814056

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, almost half a million children are in foster care each year in America. In L.A. County, COVID-19 has led to a dramatic spike – 10% – in the number of foster youth in the system from 2019. Now there are almost 40,000 youth in foster care in L.A. County, the largest of any county in the nation. Approximately 10% age-out of foster care annually. “Aging out” means that a youth will no longer have their needs met by the state and must quickly become self-sufficient – identify and maintain housing, find a job, and manage their own finances. Put simply: they must rapidly learn to become adults with few if any supports on which to lean. Within 18 months of emancipation, about half will become homeless and one-quarter will be incarcerated. A lack of basic home furnishings is one of the factors that causes homelessness or housing instability for transition aged youth. “Furniture poverty” is the inability to access or af

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Home Creations

The ASOH team and community come together to create a physical home that embodies the dreams and unique personality of an aged-out youth recipient. ASOH offers the youth the courage to dream, the confidence to transform the experience of scarcity to abundance, and develop a sense of personal agency and self-sufficiency. Science has proven that the state of one’s “home” affects one’s physical health, cognitive development, social/emotional well-being and how an individual views themselves and their place in the world. By eliminating the financial burden of furnishing one’s home, these youth can now have a serene, organized, comfortable and beautiful home environment that can significantly shift the trajectory of one who has lived in poverty and overcome trauma. In turn, these homes enable the youth to aspire to far greater heights, reimagine what they can achieve and become the best version of themselves.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

CNN Heroes Award- Nomination 2016

CNN Heroes Award

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of households furnished

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Home Creations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of beds put in homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Single parents, Young adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Home Creations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Adolescents, Children, Infants and toddlers, Preteens

Related Program

Home Creations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ASOH’s mission is to prevent homelessness by creating first-ever homes for youth aging out of foster care. ASOH was founded in 2014 by Georgie Smith after a random act of kindness. She created a home for a 21-year-old man who was released from the foster care system into a subsidized apartment with no furnishings or appliances, arriving with nothing but two trash bags of his personal belongings. She realized that by procuring home goods and furnishings donated by families and corporations, and by utilizing volunteer support to organize and stage the spaces, she could continue the cycle of human kindness on a large and sustainable scale and dramatically increase the likelihood that he would never become homeless again. What Georgie thought was a one-off random act of kindness became a weekly ritual of community members renting trucks to collect donated furniture and home goods and create up to four homes every Sunday. By October 2015, she formed ASOH’s Board of Directors and by March 2016, ASOH officially received its 501©(3) status.

Our model revolves around Home Creations, where our team of volunteers and “alumni” youth transform empty, unworkable living spaces into fully functional and emotionally comforting homes. Over 250 customized items including all the necessary appliances, furniture, and homewares are selected and installed for each youth served.

ASOH has leveraged excess and returned new household items from our strong network of corporate partnerships with major brands – totaling $1 million in donated furniture annually – and the volunteer efforts of various communities, we create homes for one of L.A.’ most under-resourced youth populations. In addition to the Home Creations, program staff work one-on-one with each youth to determine their immediate and long-term needs and provide the appropriate resources and connections to ensure their long-term stability. This support lasts for as long as the youth desires. ASOH serves as youth’s portal to the community, connecting them to ongoing mentorship, gainful employment, therapy and wellness services, parenting skills, and support to achieve their academic goals.

Since our founding six years ago, ASOH has created 750+ homes for 1,825+ youth and their families, thanks to more than 21,900 volunteers and 182,500+ donated items installed. As a testament to ASOH’s impact, 100% of youth have maintained their tenancy after receiving Home Creations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

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  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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A Sense of Home

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve LaBella

Vicki Kennedy

Melissa Goddard

Georgie Smith

Ambassador Nicole Avant

Michael Rabkin

Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP

Julie Darmondy

Rise Management

Serena Levy

Steve LaBella

Sienna Lee

Melissa Palmer

Regina Louise

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/4/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data