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Humble Design Inc

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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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Humble has been one of amazement! Every time I volunteer, and mean every time, I see a deep commitment by everyone present, which I feel is a reflection of the management. There is a "can-do" attitude that is encouraged with joy and true love for the families that are served!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worked as part of Chrysler's Motor City Volunteers. Hauled household items to a house on Beaconsfield in Detroit. I ended up raking the yard that hadn't been cleaned in some time.

Having the family see the cleaned up and setup house with nice looking furniture, well designed layout, and functional items was very rewarding.

They do three houses/families a week and I don't know how they handle it to date.

A worthwhile organization to donate money, furniture, and household items

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most rewarding experience I've had with a non profit. You get to go directly to the families in need and help. For those who do not want to go to the houses, they have great opportunity to organize the warehouse.

3 Juli2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You leave at the end of the work day knowing you have extraordinarily impacted a family's life. Humble Design has everything set up - you shop for the client's home in the donation warehouse, and then you set everything up. These homes look good when we finish- the designer touch is awesome! I often see people cry from sheer joy and relief knowing they have a furnished, finished home. It's a beautiful thing.

3 Malak S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Humble Design was an extremely rewarding experience. I left knowing that I helped a family by giving them a dinner table to eat at and getting the kids off the floor and into a bed. I believe that providing them with these necessities that so many of us take for granted will help the parents find a job, will help the kids in school and in their social lives. Humble Design believes in Detroit.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for many different kinds of organizations in the past, and my experiences at Humble Design make it the most rewarding of all of them. The work they do is so special: turning an empty house into a welcoming and warm home in just a couple of days. They are giving a gift not only to their clients, but also the volunteers who get to witness this transformation. Humble is Awesome! I love working there.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering for Humble on several occassions. The work they do is really extraordinary-transforming houses into homes in a matter of hours. The look on the family's faces when they see the magic that is weaved by this organization is simply priceless! Humble is a huge asset to our community. An incredibly simple concept that is brilliantly executerd by this amazing group of open hearted people.

Krista8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Humble Design is a wonderful organization!!!! They helped my family and I when we needed it the most. The organization is class A! And is ran by some of the most caring, amazing women that you will EVER met. When I first moved into my home I had a bed and a couch and I knew that it would be a LONG time before I would be able to furnish my home....let along decorate it. The lord literally brought these women into my life!! I was very uncomfortable asking for anything, I couldn't believe that strangers cared so much for my children and I. All they asked was "what else do you need" "are you sure that's it"? It was like a dream come true. I felt like I was on a home make over show. I can't explain the joy and LOVE that I felt from these ladies. "Humble Design" is the perfect name for this organization because these ladies are so humble! They never, ever made me fell bad for needing the help. To be able to keep my dignity though the process was important for me.... not only did I feel dignified, I felt special!! I love these women so much! They are such ambassadors for the City of Detroit. For anyone who has ever volunteered or donated funds... you don't know just how much you have impacted someone's life...for those of you who have never donated, there's no time like the present :-).
A special Thank You to Treger, Ana and all the staff, volunteers and Board members that make Humble....well so humble :-)! I love you all!!!!! THANK YOU!!! and keep up the GREAT work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humble Designs is a truly amazing organization that provides assistance to those in need. The employees and volunteers of this organization truly work hard and are very dedicated. It is amazing how much we take for granted in our day to day lives and how some of the most basic and simple things brings such joy to others who are without. I have volunteered on several occasions and have found this to be very rewarding.

Muriel C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped Humble Design decorate the house of a woman who had been homeless with three young children. The staff was right there, directing and helping the volunteers, and they clearly loved what they were doing. When we were done, we showed the woman what we had done with her house, and then the staff asked her to talk about what she had gone through and how Humble Design had made a difference for her. She talked about being in the shelter, having to stay with friends and family, and how being in her own house and having something as simple as a kitchen table to sit at with her family so they could eat meals and talk about their day, meant so much to them. I teared up a few times while she was talking about what she had been through, and even more when she started talking about that table. It's amazing what something like having furniture and hanging a few pictures can do to make a family feel like they're home. What Humble Design does is huge. I will definitely be volunteering there again.