Georgie Smith wrote -
Based on the extraordinary and rapid success of the pilot year ASOH is going into its second year and ready to create homes for the holidays.
Please help us create homes for the holidays.
We are raising $40,000 to create 30 homes over the holidays (affecting up to 50 young lives)
HOW DO WE DO IT
• ASOH brings together volunteers to serve like a family in creating a youth's first home. By gathering donated furniture the volunteers create a sense of home for foster youth in their first permanent living space giving them dignity, self-worth & pride. From beds, to curtains, to fridges, to kitchenwares to sofas to bathroom needs, to cleaning supplies — we provide a fully operating beautiful home.
• ASOH is a community based solution to provide support and guidance when aged out foster youth would be otherwise-unassisted in transitioning to independent life.
• ASOH is a remedy to these youth falling into homelessness, joblessness & incarceration. The creation of the youth’s first home creates much needed stability, dignity, security and a foundation upon which they might thrive.
For personal testimonies of how it changes the "aged out" youths lives as well as teh volunteers -- please go to our website is http://asenseofhome.org/
IN ONLY 12 MONTHS of operating — ASOH
- placed 100 individuals in a LA area in beds in 64 homes.
- 1,000 Volunteers gave 150,000 hours of their time
- 5,000 donations
- foster youth hired onto the ASOH team
- 5,000 sq ft warehouse space donated & truck donated
In Los Angeles County alone, there are 35,000 youth in foster care right now. At age 18 or 21, state and federal support abruptly ends and the youth who aren't adopted are ejected out of the foster system. Each year, nationally 35,000 exit the system without the typical self-sufficiency skills nor the support of family, nor any community networks to help them make a successful transition into adulthood. Foster youth exiting the system cost the US $8 billion/year.
CURRENT STATISTICS show that of the foster youth who age out:
• More than 1 in 5 will become chronically homeless
• 50% experience homelessness
• only 58% will graduate high school
• 50% will be unemployed
• Less than 3% will earn a college degree
• 1 in 4 will be in the justice system within 2 years of leaving foster care
• 70% of all California State Prison inmates spent time in foster care
• 77% of girls sold into sex trafficking in LA spent time in foster care
• 71% of young women are pregnant by 21
• 21% of foster care youth suffer post-traumatic stress (higher than that of US war veterans) Foster youth experience an average of 7 relocations during their time in the system and when they exit they might secure Section 8 Housing – but have no means to afford furniture and the most basic items. They sleep, eat and study on bare floors, and store their clothing in garbage bags. They struggle to create a solid foundation from which they can succeed.
Where as AVERAGE YOUNG ADULTS have a very different experience:
• The average child does not become self-sufficient until age 26.
• American parents spend an average of $38,000 on each child aged 18-34 years.
• 65% of all college graduates return to live with their parents
• American parents give 367 hours of help/ year after grown children move out of home • 50% of a parent’s financial support to their child is spent on housing
In order to qualify for ASOH, youth must 1) age out of the foster care system, 2) secure an apartment, 3) be enrolled in college course(s) and/or work at least 30 hours per week. The youth are required to later pay-it-forward to another youth.
Edward Charles Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of A Sense of Home (tax ID# 26-4245043)