Human Services

HUMBLE DESIGN INC

Designing with Dignity

aka Humble Design   |   Pontiac, MI   |  www.humbledesign.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide families in need with dignified, clean and welcoming home interiors. We minimize the impact on the environment by matching clients with donated & gently used household goods.

Ruling year info

2009

Co-CEO

Treger Strasberg

Co-CEO

Rob Strasberg

Main address

180 N Saginaw c/o Treger Strasberg

Pontiac, MI 48342 USA

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Formerly known as

Treger Strasberg

EIN

27-0410088

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Furnishing homes for families transitioning from homelessness

Serving families and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming an empty house or apartment into a home - and changing a family's future. We turn dwellings into dignified and welcoming homes.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Furnishing homes for families transitioning from homelessness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Furnishing homes for families transitioning from homelessness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Furnishing homes for families transitioning from homelessness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The vision of Humble Design was born out of the belief that decent families emerging from homelessness deserve to come home each day to a clean, friendly, and dignified home. All family members would have more time, effort and resources to focus on education, home life, employment and building a better future.

Humble Design partners with local area homeless and abuse shelters to identify families that are emerging from shelters and into low-income housing. Many of these families are victims of abuse and have left behind all personal items upon escaping and entering an emergency shelter. Most have no beds, books, toys or furniture to call their own. Once a partnering agency makes a referral, Humble Design volunteers meet with the families to do a needs assessment and develop a client wish list. From there, Humble Design volunteers move swiftly to: assemble the furnishings, toys, accessories and housewares; do any minor cleaning; and, officially move the families into their new housing. The end result is something like an extreme makeover on-a-dime. Humble designers are very adept at creating safe, comfortable and welcoming homes with a total per-home budget of approximately $3,000 including the value of all furnishings. The Humble families are overwhelmed by the generosity and support received from the Humble designers. The designers are truly fulfilled by giving of their time and talents to help others in need.

Humble Design nationally has the capacity to assist up to eight families per week, and all referrals must come through a partnering organization.

Most of our clients stay in the houses they procure after leaving the shelter because they take pride in their home and want to work hard to stay there. By removing the obstacles facing previously homeless families we can increase their chances of breaking the cycle of chronic homelessness.

Awareness of Humble Design's program has increased and so has the demand for the services. In response, Humble Design is expanding its operational capacity nationally.

Financials

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Operations

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HUMBLE DESIGN INC

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Treger Strasberg


Board co-chair

Robert Strasberg

Treger Strasberg

Rob Mardigian

Robert Strasberg

Hy Safran

Jonathan Schwartz

Sebastien Reyes

Kristen Armstrong

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/27/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/27/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.

Keywords

Families, hope, dignity, children, design, interior