A Sense of Home (ASOH) is a very simple yet powerful concept. By collecting donated furniture from the community, a volunteer corps creates homes for foster youth exiting the foster care system.
Once a youth “ages out” of the system they are without family nor any support to usher them into adulthood. The average American youth is fully dependent on their parents until age 26. At 18 or 21 foster youth exit the system with no one. They may be resourceful enough to have secured an apartment but are forced to eat, sleep and study on the floor.
When the ASOH community arrives at a youth’s first ever apartment — we typically find an amazing young adult full of promise with all their possessions in garbage bags and if they are lucky — a blow up mattress. Within 90 minutes they have a fully functioning, comfortable, welcoming, inspired “home" and a new found community.
The ASOH experience not only offers the youth a new beginning, a sense of “home” and belonging — but a community that is invested in them succeeding and from whom they can learn and grow. The ASOH community members are becoming mentors, job coaches and life skill educators.
Over the last year, Hope Street, where St. Francis Center is located, has been transformed by an influx of chronically homeless individuals. For the third consecutive year, St. Francis Center’s staff and volunteers served over 100,000 meals to homeless guests. But we are more than just a soup kitchen or a food pantry. We aren’t just serving meals. We’re Serving Hope. We treat people with dignity because we believe dignity restores hope and leads to positive change.
See the impact our dedicated volunteers have on the community we serve
Every summer, SFC sends children of the extremely low-income families we serve through our Pantry Service, who live in underserved neighborhoods near downtown Los Angeles, to a variety of summer activities including two weeklong, overnight camps, art classes, nutritious cooking, and sports.
Thanks to dedicated donors, this year SFCLA was able to engage 302 disadvantaged kids and open their eyes to new opportunities. Check out this video to see their exciting adventures!
Watch a photograph's impact on families taking a family portrait for the first time. St. Francis Center (Los Angeles) serves groceries to 500 low-income families a week. 1 of 3 pantry service guests are single mothers struggling to support their families.
Directed, photographed and edited by Ryan Oksenberg - commissioned by SFCLA.
A day in the life of St. Francis Center drivers rescuing food in Los Angeles for their Homeless Breakfast and Low-income family Pantry Program . Last year, 1,319,769 pounds of food were donated by corporations and nonproﬁts. Without these dedicated drivers this food would go to waste and our community would miss out on delicious and nutritious meal options.