Our city has lost a great philanthropist, leader and businessman. Ralph Marek’s 95 years were marked by his generosity and entrepreneurship, both in business and in the community. Board Chairman of Marek Family of Companies, owner of Stanley Construction & Development, and President of Marek Family Foundation, Marek was a longtime member of Houston Furniture […]
Had we not had this furniture during the pandemic, I don’t know what we would have done. Things would have been a lot worse. For 27 years, through historic floods and economic downturns, Houston Furniture Bank has helped Houstonians get the furniture they need to turn empty houses into homes. On March 24th, Houston Mayor […]
Janet and Willie are two seniors who received a complete home makeover, courtesy of the DIVAS of Houston Furniture Bank earlier this spring. Overcoming a foreclosure and a bedbug infestation, the couple was forced to walk away from furniture they had accumulated over a lifetime. Today, the pair is comfortably sheltering in place in their […]
While Houston Furniture Bank has suspended all volunteer activities on sight, there are many ways you can help your fellow Houstonians through volunteerism. Listed below are some ways you can get involved during the coronavirus outbreak, some of which can be done from home! Please keep in mind that if you have any symptoms, are […]
As a charitable organization with the mission of “Making Empty Houses Homes,” Houston Furniture Bank is very proud of the way our team has quickly adapted to the current situation created by the coronavirus. We continue to offer Furniture Assistance to the community and have worked as a team to implement sweeping changes that are […]
Like so many organizations, Houston Furniture Bank is facing unprecedented challenges in the face of the global pandemic. We are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety and health of our employees and clients as well as to be responsible world citizens. Houston Furniture Bank provides a much-needed service to the community in the form […]
In the face of the ongoing Covid 19 situation, Houston Furniture Bank continues our service to the community. There continues to be a great need for the services we provide. Houston Furniture Bank is taking the following precautions to keep the families we serve and our staff safe: Sanitizing all surfaces regularly and wearing gloves […]
One of Houston Furniture Bank’s most important sources of funding for running our operations is our Furniture Outlet. In 2019, sales in the Furniture Outled funded 27% of our operating budget! The Furniture Outlet at Houston Furniture Bank has amazing deals every day, offering primarily new and some gently-used, quality items at less than 40% […]
Houston’s International Interior Design Association chapter recently presented $34,720.57 to Houston Furniture Bank, hard-won money raised at the “Product Runway” fundraiser, Houston’s premier Avante-Garde fashion show, now in its twelfth year. The check presentation occurred at this year’s kickoff event, where Houston’s top design firms team up for an extreme design challenge. Since 2009, Product Runway has raised over $200,000 for the cause of providing furniture assistance to families in the Greater Houston Area. The most recent event marks the largest gift to date. Said Oli Mohammed, Executive Director of Houston Furniture Bank, “This sustained support from IIDA has allowed Houston Furniture Bank to grow into the organization that we are today. We are so grateful for their support!”
IIDA is a Commercial Interior Design association with global reach, providing support for design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through a network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. Since 2002, they have provided support to Houston Furniture Bank, supporting their mission of Making Empty Houses Homes through fundraisers, volunteerism and in-kind donations as well as taking an advisory role as the Houston Furniture Bank has grown to meet the need in the Houston community.
Product Runway itself is a memorable affair, complete with avant-garde fashion and over-the-top presentations and attended by a well-heeled group of hardworking design professionals from Houston’s premier design firms who live by the motto “work hard, play hard.” Last year’s top honor went to the Gensler Firm’s Houston office who swept “Best in Show, Best Red Carpet Look and Most Philanthropic.” The design team presented a chic, ready-to-wear look that included hundreds of payettes created from materials originally intended for the commercial design industry.
This year Houston Furniture Bank will continue their increased level of participation, begun last year, as a “garment label provider.” The looks created for the runway are fashioned from materials obtained from the vendors who cater to Houston’s design industry. Last year, Houston Furniture Bank was paired with Curve Hospitality. Curve’s design team was challenged to create a look inspired by Houston landmark, Wells Fargo Plaza, exclusively using materials obtained from three vendors; a “hard good” from Abet Laminate a “soft good” from CRG and a “wild card” from Houston Furniture Bank. A team of five designers from Curve fashioned a show-stopping dress that made creative use of mirrors from the Houston Furniture Bank’s Furniture Outlet as well as mesh recovered from the Mattress Recycling Center. With sparkling mirrors and a dramatic, mid-runway transformation, the look was met with enthusiastic cheers as it lit up the 150-foot runway at Revention Center.Share this post:
Did you know that one in three children in Houston lives in poverty? Each year, CHILDREN AT RISK produces “Growing Up in Houston: Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children,” releasing its 15th edition in 2019. Introducing the report, President & CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK, Dr. Robert Sanborn, explains; “The goal of the […]