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)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A Sense of Home is nonprofit organization that utilizes donated furniture to make an aged-out foster youth's first permanent living space feel like a HOME. Having never felt like they belonged in a home, their new inspired space is an opportunity for the youth to finally have a place in the world and gives them a foundation from which they can build a healthy new beginning. A resourceful former foster youth may secure housing, but with no family or community to help him/her set up his/her first home, their apartments are usually empty of furniture and basic necessities most people take for granted. These transitioning youth sleep, eat and study on bare floors and store their possessions in garbage bags. Having already endured lives of emotional and/or physical trauma, these young people are left with no sense of security. They have to fend for themselves with no semblance of a foundation on which to build from and move forward, let alone thrive.

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

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Charting impact

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

A Sense of Home aims to provide a foundation and a new beginning for youth aging out of foster care through furnishing their first home.

A Sense of Home utilizes a sustainable model of community to provide beautiful homes for those aging out of the foster youth system. We start with developing corporate relationships who donate damaged or returned furniture or decor items to ASOH. We work with local communities including schools, individuals, community groups, who conduct drives for art, kids' toys, clothes, home goods, and furniture. We then work with Corporations and/or families donate $6k underwriting the costs while their team of volunteers gain a life changing experience. We provide a life changing experience for corporations, individual volunteers, and recipients.

A Sense of Home has an incredible model that provides a thoughtful and sustainable approach to providing home creations for those who age out of the foster care system.

A Sense of Home has created over 500 homes in LA County. In 2020 we hope to operate 2 chapters (In LA and Bay Area), launch Capital Campaign for LA warehouse, and being serving NYC. In 2021 we home to operate 3 A Sense of Home chapters, operate a new warehouse, and expand A Sense of Home services. In 2021 we hope to expand and operate 5 chapters.

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.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • 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 1/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kim Brothers

Karla Ballard

AJ Vernet

Vicki Kennedy

Anne Simonds

Cynthia Heard

Melissa Goddard

Georgie Smith

Ambassador Nicole Avant

Michael Rabkin

Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP

Julie Darmondy

Rise Management

Miles Cooley

DLA Piper

Trevor Hall

President of Rebelhouse Studios

Serena Levy

Steve LaBella

Sienna Lee

Melissa Palmer

Christy Foley

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 01/04/2021

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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

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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