What We Do

Illustration: The setting is a living room. A family sits on the floor around a coffee table (modern in style, a white rectangular cuboid). A white couch rests behind them on “screen right,” and a bookshelf behind the couch spans from the center of the image towards “screen right.” A simple outline drawing of a mirror (a square shape) rests on the “screen left” side of the background. On “screen right” sandwiched between the coffee table and the couch is a mother figure and her adolescent daughter. They hold similar characteristics. The mother is in the background. She has a short bob haircut and her bangs sweep “screen left.” Her eyes are bright and large, and her smile matches her eyes. Her appearance is based on a podcaster named Aliya Pabani who is of Indian descent. She wears a t-shirt colored in a mid-tone, and her “screen left” hand holds a coffee cup and is posed before her face. She looks at the boy sitting across the table with a joyful expression. Her daughter sitting next to her in the foreground appears to be about 15-years old. She has long dark hair swept behind her ears. She looks downward reading a magazine. She has a calm smile, and seems immersed in her reading. On the foreground page of the magazine are illustrations of fun silly shapes such as lightning bolts, rainbows, and ice cream. On the background page of the open magazine is a young woman posed in a fashion shoot. This content is subtle and is just detailed in order to flush out the drawing. The young girl wears a long-sleeved shirt. Her collar is open and she has a t-shirt underneath. The young boy sits across from them with three-quarters of his back to the viewer. He is approximately 10-years old. He also wears a long-sleeved shirt with a collar. He has a short haircut and wears glasses. He’s a cute, nerdy kid and has a Harry Potter resemblance. He is drawing with his left hand holding a black marker. A fun doodle of a skateboarder pushing along rests before him on a piece of paper. His marker is held up from the page, and he looks to be engaged with the mom (possibly his foster mom). His ethnicity is nondescript, though the mother and daughter have a slight tint to their skin color while the boy’s skin is the same color of the negative space—white and uncolored—a small clue that maybe he is the child that has been taken in by this family.

Our Mission

We lovingly nurture young people at risk by providing a safe, permanent home and services. We foster and facilitate healthy growth through a proactive philosophy rooted in permanence and driven by a true belief in each individual’s unique potential to blossom and succeed.

About Us

Having lived the perpetual trauma of being bounced from one homeless shelter to another over several years, A Dignified Home Founder Laurel Hilbert knows firsthand how the pain and struggle of instability adversely impacts a young life.

That’s why A Dignified Home centers its mission on creating and cultivating a permanent home for youth, ages 12 to 24, in order to repair the deep traumas of never knowing when they’ll be asked to leave the place they call home.

A Dignified Home believes real care for youth who have been homeless centers on the bedrock of consistency. Only if a young person can know and experience this priceless gift of stability can they grow beyond the traumas that have kept them in the shadows, learn to live independent, productive lives, and discover true happiness in a bright and brilliant future.

Because of our unique funding model, A Dignified Home will not turn away any child in its care. We believe commitment is a lifelong promise—regardless of circumstances—and we will not abandon our youth.

At A Dignified Home, our young people will experience success because we won’t give up on them until their dreams come true…

Two children sit with a suitcase in front of a building that appears to be under renovation.

Illustration:

The scene is composed from a wide point of view, as if seen by a passerby on the street. The setting is a building doorway in a scene common in the inner city—a little pocket in the urban landscape that is neglected and where one might find refuge. Construction scaffolding can be seen in the foreground framing the left and right of the image. In the “screen right” window of the entrance are notices layered over one another, typical to abandoned or evicted homes or buildings. The notices are non-descript with no text, just outlines of paper and the tape that holds them to the window. The doorway is grand, typical of a historical building from the turn of the century.  In the center of the image sit two small children. They sit on the first step of two steps leading up to the doorway. The older sibling on “screen left” is a girl, approximately 12-years old. Her hair is pulled back with a hair band and strands of her hair are loose and curl downward. She wears a sweater with a loose turtleneck. Her hands rest on her thighs. The “screen right” hand is clenched and her “screen left” hand grasps her thigh. Her sweater is medium tone and her pants are lighter in color. Her overall demeanor is pensive and tired. She wears pants. Her knees are awkwardly close to one another and almost touching. Her posture is tight. She is either cold, stressed, or both. She wears cute open-toed sandals with a darker tone. A backpack fallen backwards rests next to her “screen left” side, and is used as an armrest. At her feet and between her and her little brother is a large white coffee cup (possibly for donations). Her little brother is pressed close to her. He sits on her “screen right” side. He looks nervous and stares towards “screen left.” He has short curly hair. He wears a hoodie and his hands are clasped tightly together, held just over his stomach. His hoodie is dark, and his pants are lighter. His posture is tenser than his sisters. He wears simple runners with white soles. “Screen right” to his feet is an oversized suitcase (darker tone) that is pressed tightly next to the boy. At the base of the suitcase is a crumpled-up sweater placed haphazardly on the ground. Their race is non-descript, but their skin color is the whiteness of the negative space in the picture. They are reminiscent of children seen in a refugee camp.

Get Involved

DONATE

Your support makes us what we are! Our goal is to never let grant requirements force us to have to ask a young person to leave our facility. Instead, we strive to keep all of our funding unconditional and not subject to displacements or quotas. At the core of that philosophy is your help. Please donate today!

VOLUNTEER

You can make a major difference in the lives of our youth by getting involved. With your direct help, A Dignified Home can thrive and your immense impact will create positive change for these young people forever after.