200th home for a former foster youth

- A woman once in foster care is spending this 4th of July in her new dream home.

It's Loren Elam's first apartment and thanks to the non-profit  A Sense of Home  it is decorated from top to bottom and a home to envy.

Elam found employment with 'A sense of Home and it was most fitting that she received the organization's 200th home. Elam's sister Yolanda also works there and was at the forefront of making sure her sister's apartment was the perfect.

Yolanda framed their grandmother’s old albums.There were photos of the two sisters. Artists painted a guitar themed painting. It was designed to celebrate Loren's love of music. She plays guitar and has welcomed many other youth from foster care into their new homes.

While dozens of volunteers went to work Loren waited at a coffee shop around the corner. Volunteers brought in bedding, dishes, dresser drawers, and lamps.The goal of the organization is to furnish and decorate that first home for young people who've emancipated from foster care.

A Sense of Home was founded by Georgie Smith and Melissa Goddard after a young from foster care sought help in decorating his first place. Smith is a producer and decorator and knows that value of a welcoming place to call home.

Among the volunteers, news colleague Lisa Mcree who's donated some of her own gently used and loved home furnishings. 'A Sense of Home' employees many former foster youth and has a truck to pick up donation.

For Loren, who at one time was homeless, this is a new start.

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