BENEFITING: ROOMS FOR CHANGE
Founded in 2006, Rooms for Change© is a nonprofit agency created to ensure youth leaving the foster care system in the Bay Area are afforded the opportunity to live in a home environment that supports their well being and which ultimately improves the quality of their lives. To assist young people in their transition from foster youth to inter-independent young adults. Rooms for Change provides free interior design services and free furniture. Working with agencies providing housing services for youth, Rooms for Change coordinates the services of corporate retailers and interior design professionals to create comfortable living spaces based on each youth’s personality and needs.
There are currently nearly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States. Every year in California more than 2,000 youth reach the age of eighteen and become independent or otherwise leave the foster care system.
After leaving the foster care system, these emancipated youth earn an average of $6,000 annually, well below the poverty level. With minimal income, transition into living quarters that are comfortable is often not an option. Rooms For Change represents a new possibility—changing a certain future of less than adequately furnished homes.
Interior design professionals, community partners and former foster youth pool resources and talents to design spaces, paint rooms and install new furnishings. The goal is to expose youth to new ways of seeing themselves and their homes, encouraging them to reach for higher goals for themselves and their communities.