Humble Design Provides Homes for More than 700 Families in Detroit

Since its founding in 2009, Humble Design has provided more than 700 families with clean, dignified and welcoming homes in Metro Detroit. Humble Design, a non-profit charity, helps previously homeless families transition from shelters to homes.

Business Partnerships with Humble Design

Through partnerships with businesses and organizations in the Detroit community and with U-Haul’s ongoing support, volunteers work with Humble Design’s professional interior design staff by transforming empty spaces into warm and inviting homes. Humble Design home makeovers feature furnished bedrooms, set-designed kitchen tables, desks and appliances, couches, chairs and more. Families leave their empty living quarters for the afternoon and return to a completely transformed home makeover equipped with personal touches such as artwork on the walls, pillows and throws on couches and chairs, bedspreads, curtains, rugs and books.

Humble Design Fueled by U-Haul

Humble Design’s warehouse is stocked to the ceiling with generous donations of new and gently used furnishings, linens, books, games, and kitchenware for families and veterans who are moving into their own residence – many for the first time. In addition to local business and individual assistance, Humble Design is supported by U-Haul. U-Haul helps Humble Design to increase its reach with donated and wrapped trucks, self-storage space at U-Haul facilities, financial assistance and an infrastructure.

Humble Design: Reducing Homelessness

According to the United Way up to half of all families that leave shelters return to homelessness within one year. “Less than 1% of the families we work with return to homelessness after Humble Design assists them in creating a new and welcoming home environment,” says Humble Design Founder, Treger Strasberg. “It is our mission to alleviate homelessness in Detroit and across the country.”

Humble Design engages local companies and employees in “Days of Service”

Humble Design works with local businesses and community volunteers to help needy families and veterans settle into newly designed homes. Companies underwrite the cost for volunteers to participate with a Humble Design interior decorating team turning formerly empty spaces into a fully-furnished home that is warm and welcoming. Local businesses also use Humble Design’s “Days of Services” in creative ways to engage their employees with volunteer efforts that are rewarding. “The Days of Service is the engine that makes the whole effort work,” says Julie Nagle, Humble Design’s Chief Executive Officer.