Humble Design Cleveland Serves 2,000th Client in Fight against Homelessness

The non-profit organization Humble Design continues to make a difference by disrupting the cycle of homelessness and improving the odds – and lives – of one at-risk family at a time.

The numbers have begun to add up.

On Friday, Humble Design will provide charitable services to its 2,000th client emerging from a homeless shelter. With the help of passionate volunteers, Humble Design does this by transforming empty residences into clean, dignified and welcoming homes through its free professional design services and the repurposing of gently used furnishings donated by the community.

Humble Design Cleveland is celebrating this milestone with a special home “deco” and reveal on Aug. 27, which will benefit two future occupants. Humble Design teams in Chicago, Detroit, San Diego and Seattle – where it also operates – will hold events as well to mark 2,000 clients.

“Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries’ Breaking New Ground campaign has the ability to advance efforts to end family homelessness in Cleveland for our city’s most underserved,” said Debbie Eastburn, Director of Humble Design Cleveland. “This initiative fits beautifully with our mission of turning empty houses into welcoming homes. We are excited and honored to be a part of this effort for two amazing families because we know the impact of creating a space where these families thrive can be life-changing.”

Humble Design furnished its 1,000th home in early 2019, nearly 10 years after the project began. Demand and impact have increased dramatically since then as the charity served its second 1,000 clients in two years thanks to expansion and local sponsorships that have ensured sustainability in more markets. Progressive Insurance proudly serves as the city sponsor for Humble Design Cleveland.

Families take a personal stake in their newly furnished homes, leading to a remarkable success rate – 99 percent to receive Humble Design’s services have escaped the cycle of homelessness. Clients are referred by designated services that work with local shelters.

“U-Haul is proud to sponsor the 2000th family served by Humble Design because we recognize what it means for a family to move forward towards a new life,” stated Sebastien Reyes, U-Haul Vice President of Communications and Humble Design Board Chair. “Every one of us associated with this mission believes in the power of a bed and a roof overhead to change lives.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, corporate sponsorships, furniture donations or making a financial gift, please visit

About Humble Design

Humble Design is a Detroit-born 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 veterans. Humble Design has brought nobility to nearly 2,000 families nationally through its chapters in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, San Diego and Seattle.

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