What is your organization’s vision and mission?
Treger: Our mission is simple. Humble Design changes lives and communities by furnishing the homes of families and veterans emerging from homelessness.
We are one piece in solving the homelessness puzzle.
Rob: We believe in restoring dignity to every family that has suffered through homelessness.
Treger: We use donated household goods to transform empty, cold houses for the recently homeless, into warm, welcoming and uplifting homes, that lead to successful lives.
Rob: We have warehouses in San Diego, Seattle, Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago. As we grow our aim is to build the world’s most committed and creative network of individuals, community leaders and corporations, to ensure that those who have struggled with homelessness, now have a beautiful and inspiring home to restart their life.
How did Humble Design start?
Treger: In 2008 a friend fell into homelessness, she worked hard to get back into a home. When I visited them, the house was empty. They had nothing and were sleeping on the floor. She had lost everything when they went to the shelter. Over the course of a few weeks I organized donations from the community and fully decorated her home to her taste and her children’s likes.
That was 11 years ago. We have now helped over 7,000 moms, children and veterans.
What has been your organization’s biggest achievement to date?
Treger: Our successes rate. 99% of the people we help at Humble stay housed. Compare that to the National average of about 50%, it’s a great feeling knowing we’re helping end the revolving door of homelessness for so many.