Humble Design Set to Help 1,000th Detroit Family

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99 percent of families receiving the nonprofit’s services break the cycle of homelessness

DETROIT (Jan. 25, 2019) — Humble Design will be furnishing its 1,000th home for Detroit families emerging from homelessness on Jan. 28. The milestone comes as the locally born nonprofit celebrates 10 years of helping people break the vicious cycle of homelessness and realize better lives.

Founded in 2009, Humble Design provides hope and compassion to deserving families in need. Its staff and gracious volunteers accomplish this by turning empty residences into clean, dignified and welcoming homes.

This noble work happens three times a week in Detroit – and seven times a week nationally – through Humble Design’s free professional design services and the repurposing of gently used furnishings donated by the community.

“I never could have imagined how an idea to help a friend 10 years ago could turn into an organization that makes such an impact to families and veterans that have experienced homelessness,” said Treger Strasberg, the charity’s Co-CEO and founder. “It started out with one family, one truck, and a community that embraced them.”

The 1,000th home reveal will take place at 2:30 p.m. Monday for a single mom and her 1-year-old daughter. Media is encouraged to share the family’s tale of perseverance and mark Humble Design’s decade of success in addressing Detroit’s homelessness crisis. Contact Shelly Watts for event details at shellyw@humbledesign.org.

“This day means so much to our staff, volunteers, families and supporters,” shared Watts, Humble Design’s Chief Development Officer. “We’re so thankful for the immense community support as we celebrate our 10-year anniversary.”

People receiving Humble Design services include single parents with children; veterans; and domestic violence victims. Humble Design partners with local shelters to identify families in need. Families take a personal stake in their newly furnished homes, leading to an extraordinary success rate – 99 percent to receive services have escaped the cycle of homelessness.

Humble Design’s outreach has grown the last two years with the opening of new offices in Chicago, Seattle and San Diego.

U-Haul International came on board as a national sponsor in 2016 to offer infrastructure and support for expansion. More organizations have joined the cause, including national sponsors CB2 and Clorox, and city sponsors such as the Schultz Family Foundation and Isabel Allende Foundation.

In 2018, Treger and husband Rob Strasberg began hosting the TV program “Welcome Home” on The CW. It’s a takeoff on Humble Design’s work to assist families striving to overcome difficult circumstances. Check local listings for when “Welcome Home” airs in your market.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Humble Design and this partnership,” stated Bill Rains, U-Haul Area District Vice President. “Ten years and 1,000 Detroit families helped are tremendous accomplishments. We look forward to achieving much more to remedy the homeless situation and improve lives by working together as a community.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, corporate sponsorships, giving furniture or making a financial gift, please visit humbledesign.org.

About Humble Design

Humble Design is a Detroit-based nonprofit that helps families transitioning out of homeless shelters by providing furnishings and design services. The organization turns empty houses into clean, dignified and welcoming homes — a very simple idea that can change a family's future. Founded in 2009, the organization primarily serves single parents with children and veteran families. Humble Design has served nearly 1,200 families nationally through its chapters in Detroit, Chicago, Seattle and San Diego. humbledesign.org 

About U-Haul

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 21,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 now offers customers access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the self-service options on their internet-connected mobile devices. U-Haul customers’ patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to 161,000 trucks, 118,000 trailers and 42,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 632,000 rooms and 55.2 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry and is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S. uhaul.com

Contact:

Jeff Lockridge
Sebastien Reyes
E-mail: publicrelations@uhaul.com
Phone: 602-760-4941
Website: uhaul.com