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Humble Design: Home Furnishings for the Homeless

Humble Design WILL RECEIVE 7% OF OUR NET PROFITS FROM SALES IN April + May 2015. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED ON OUR HOMEPAGE!

For the next two months our donation is going to an organization that consistently blows us away with their heart and dedication. Their tissue-requiring video stories show the honest and inspiring work they do for families getting back on their feet. And that's 2-5 families every week!

Humble Design is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that assists families in need who are transitioning out of homeless and domestic abuse shelters, by providing furnishings and design services to their new place of residence.

The vision of two Birmingham women, Ana Smith and Treger Strasberg, Humble Design was born out of their belief that families emerging from homelessness deserve to come home each day to a clean and dignified home. All family members would have more time, effort and resources to focus on education, home life, employment and building a better future.

Based in metro Detroit, they turn bare rooms into clean and dignified homes by repurposing gently used household goods and donated in-kind goods. Many of their clients leave the shelter with just the clothes on their back and do not have the means to furnish their new space. Humble Design considers their services and resources a form of uplifting regifting.

They strive to make a big impact on their client families while minimizing the impact on the environment. Virtually 100% of their furnishings are direct donations of used furniture.

Humble Design partners with local area homeless and abuse shelters to identify families that are emerging from shelters and into low-income housing. Many of these families are victims of abuse and have left behind all personal items upon escaping and entering an emergency shelter. Most have no beds, books, toys or furniture to call their own.

Once a partnering agency makes a referral, Humble Design designers meet with the families to do a needs assessment and develop a client wish list. From there, designers move swiftly to: place the furnishings, toys, accessories and housewares; do any minor cleaning; and, officially move the families into their new housing.

The end result is something like an extreme makeover on-a-dime. The Humble families are overwhelmed by the generosity and support received from the Humble designers, and the designers are fulfilled by giving of their time and talents to help others in need.

Humble Design has serviced over 458 families to date, and their goal is to service another 156 this year! For more info and how you can get involved visit Humble Design.

Founders Treger Strasberg and Ana Smith
Founders Treger Strasberg and Ana Smith