A firm believer that the foundation for homelessness prevention is a home full of love, Mrs Avant is actively involved with the A Sense of Home organization whose mission strives to prevent homelessness by creating first-ever homes for youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture and home goods.
A Sense of Home began as a random act of kindness when founder Georgie Smith was asked for help finding an apartment by a young man who had just aged out of the foster care system. This random act of kindness quickly evolved into a nonprofit and when Ambassador Nicole Avant provided the very first truck for the newly formed organization, their movement had wheels.
Just nine months later Ambassador Nicole and husband, Ted boldly stood with in Variety Magazine, declaring their passion for ASOH. This very visible statement meant that ASOH was now a noteworthy charity. Following that came more media attention, awards and profiles - with Nicole standing alongside as an advisor, a genuine Ambassador for the cause, and offering invaluable know-how, wisdom, insight and In-Kind contributions that continue to this day.
A passionate advocate of advancing the cause of children throughout the world, Ambassador Avant continues to support the UNICEF mission and work - together, with her husband Ted Sarandos - through philanthropy and volunteerism.
In 2009, Nicole Avant was sworn in as the 13th United States Ambassador to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas after unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. During her tenure she focused on six key initiatives: economic and small business development, education, women’s empowerment, bringing an end to human trafficking, alternative energy, as well as raising awareness for the challenges facing people with disabilities.