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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing, Housing Rehabilitation, Recycling

Mission: Our mission is to turn four bare walls into a safe, dignified, and welcoming home by repurposing gently used household goods.

Results: 700 to date!

Target demographics: recently homeless families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 families

Geographic areas served: Detroit

Programs: Our process is simple: We start by getting the families up off the floor, and into beds. We then move in other essentials: lamps, desks, dressers, silverware and kitchen tables. All of the items are collected from homes like yours, from basements that are over run with excess and families looking to re-decorate. We design the homes from top to bottom: cleaning, putting clothes away, making beds, filling vases with flowers, and everything in-between. Families are left with a home that functions as a springboard for success. Their kids have a place to do homework, the family can eat dinner together at a table and no one has to sleep on the floor.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kim_246

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazingly talented women who take donated items and turn them into a home full of treasure for people all over the Detroit area. I can tell that everyone involved in the organization really want to improve lives of others. And they do it with smiles and warmth!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently volunteered with Humble Design to decorate a home using a paid volunteer day provided by my company. This was by far my best volunteer experience I've had. It not only utilized my design skills, but also provided a very rewarding opportunity as we were able to stay and witness the reveal of the house to the family (very emotional). The day began with us learning a little about the family and their situation, which was humbling to say the least. We then packed up the items the designers had picked out and headed to the house. There was a light amount of cleaning involved before we started decorating. From there we were given almost free rein to decorate a room as we saw fit, granted the designers had already picked out the items, but we were still able to decide the placement. It also served as a great team bonding experience. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone who has an eye for aesthetics and loves to make people happy. You will leave feeling like you truly made a difference.

3 Lisa582

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being new to Detroit, I was greatly saddened to see the conditions in which some of our families live. I was introduced to Humble Design a few years ago and they still never fail to amaze me in how they transform the lives of the families that they touch. Imagine being a child having to sleep on the floor or in car- now imagine that child not only in their own bed, but in a bedroom decorated with their personal needs and likes in mind. I have had the honor of volunteering in their warehouse on numerous occasions and it is a fun, well organized charity. The leadership is really smart, down to earth, and most of all- they really care. Do not hesitate to help.

2 Kristin77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered, organizing the warehouse and everyone there was warm and caring. This is an organization that leads with the heart. I loved helping out and look forward to doing it again.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a volunteer position where I could use my Interior Design experience while giving back to those in need. I found it!! Tregar & her staff are amazing. Such a simple concept to help families in need of a home. My first deco day was overwhelming. Nothing was left out. Furniture, rugs, lighting, & accessories., The finished house was truly a home.
I am proud to be a little part of Humble Design.

2 Gil L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter introduced me to Humble Design a couple of years ago. She currently works there as one of the designers. I really was moved by their vision of helping families transition out of homeless shelters by providing furnishings and design services.

One of my favorite parts is when I help out on "deco days" and experience the transformation from an empty house into a clean, dignified and welcoming home. The look on the families' faces is just priceless.

It's a very simple idea that really can change a family's future.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humble Design is an incredible organization!! I have watched first hand the many lives they have changed. The staff at Humble is so unbelievably organized and work so very hard for something they dearly love...helping people in need. I can't say enough about Humble and their mission to help families transitioning out of homeless shelters by providing furnishings for their new homes. The tears of hopelessness turns to tears of joy after these clients walk into their furnished homes for the first time!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed the hard work and dedication of the employees and volunteers that work for Humble Design. This is an amazing organization!!! So nice to see that there is hope for families that have nothing and for them to experience the simple joys of life that we all take for granted...a bed to sleep in, a couch to sit on and a table to sit at and gather for a family dinner.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with humble design has been a fun, moving, and truly humbling experience. It's an awesome feeling to be part of something so special. The families we help are so deserving and great-full. It's a great way to give back and help others.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a joy to volunteer with Humble Design - a life changing non-profit that brings furnishings and hope to families that have neither. With dignity and style, lives and homes are transformed. Humble Design is run with sincerity and a big heart for both it's families and it's volunteers.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I grew up in a family where "giving back" was taught to me at an early age, I found myself now as an adult in a situation where It was time for me to find an organization that could fulfill my personal need to "give back". A selfless act that can help fill a void for someone else and in the process fill my heart knowing my time has made a difference for someone. After learning about Humble Design I knew in an instant this was where my time needed to be spent as this charity tugged at my heartstrings. We are all in this journey we call life together. We all depend on each other's participation in society for our well-being. Humble Design gives those who need an opportunity to get back on their feet and an amazing head start. We can all have a house or a form of shelter but there is no place like "home". Home is where bonds are formed, memories are made and mostly should be a peaceful safe place. I'm proud to be a part of such an incredible organization.