A good friend of ours recently introduced us to a community volunteer organization she's been working with called "A Sense of Home" that designs homes with furniture donations for aged-out foster kids. This weekend on April 18th and 19th they will be putting together 10 homes in just two days!! If you have any furniture or any of your time to donate, please do!
Here's some more info on the organization :) Taken from the "Foster Care Counts" website - also here is their website.
Who are we?
A Sense of Home (ASOH) is a volunteer movement where community creates homes for foster youth as they "age out" of the foster care system. At age 18 or 21st, youth that were never adopted are ejected from the foster system and must fend for themselves. They may secure a Section 8 Apt but have no means to obtain furniture & homewards that create a sense of home and the foundation that is needed to succeed. ASOH rallies the community to be the "village" for these kids during the most challenging phase of their life.
How to get involved:
Donate furniture and housewares, earn a tax deduction
Donate funds so ASOH can hire foster youth to scale across the US
Volunteer as a family or school or as an individual
Why it matters:
Conservatively, it costs the US $8 billion/year. Foster youth - who've experienced an average of 7 relocations during their time in care - exit the system with the statistics predicting they will fail:
- More than 50% of foster youth who "aged out" experience homelessness.
- Approximately 56% of foster youth who "aged out" become unemployed.
- 70% of all California State Prison inmates are former foster youth.
- In LA County alone, each year 3,200 youth "age out."