As much as a gift great décor and good design are to culture and society--a much needed glimpse of beauty in this world--High Ruin was simply meant to be more.
When adopting our youngest from foster care, we were exposed to the “hopeless” situation foster teens and those "aging out" of the system face. These young people, so full of life, are without a mother and father to guide them, to give them a high-five, to hand them a few bucks for a movie with friends. They have next to nothing. Thousands. Here in Los Angeles. And then, if they are never adopted, they must find and create a home for themselves at 18, hardly having a model of what home actually looks like.
Then, there is a second group of young people (most between the ages 11 and 18), a majority of whom are former foster youth or run aways from group homes, on the streets of Los Angeles being forced to offer their bodies for sex. We often hear the word “enslaved” and think this is an exaggeration of the situation, but most of these precious kids are being held captive, coerced by threat into remaining in their perpetrators' grip.
These young lives need rescuing. They need homes. They need healing, so they can be restored, become whole, be reminded of beauty, realize their aspirations and transform into role models and leaders.
We are driven by these brave young people’s stories, their dreams and hopes, their persistence and drive, and their longings for a home. We are driven to encourage them as they rise up out of the ruins of their past and set their feet on higher ground.