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 Bank’s Advisory Board. He dedicated his life to improving the lives of those less fortunate, using his success as a businessman to give back to his community and uplift underserved Houstonians. He also served on the Advisory Boards of the Dominican Sisters, St. Pius X High [...]
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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 Sylvester Turner, along with Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a mandatory “Stay Home, Work Safe” order to preserve public health and safety during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Houston Furniture Bank has proudly continued to serve our neighbors in need during this time. With [...]
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 fully furnished home, thanks to the thoughtful efforts of DIVAS volunteers. Janet and Willie were connected with Houston Furniture Bank through Star of Hope, a social service agency that supports homeless families in Houston and one of over 45 agencies that partner with Houston Furniture Bank. [...]
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 65 years old or older, have immunodeficiency or live with someone who does, you should stay home. The most important thing you can do during this time is to protect yourself and others by self-isolating. Volunteer From Home #VirtualVolunteerism Harbor Hospice Needs volunteers to make companionship [...]
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 keeping both us and the community safe. FAMILIES IN NEED With families confined to their homes during the current situation, essential furniture has never been more important. Houston Furniture Bank continues to provide services to families and individuals affected by hardships such as domestic violence, poverty, [...]
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 of furniture assistance. Of this, we are very proud. We are also proud to provide gainful, meaningful employment for over 30 individuals. The COVID 19 infection is a very serious threat facing our community and our nation. We are taking every precaution, short of closing our [...]
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 when handling furniture. Encouraging staff, clients and caseworkers to stay home when symptomatic. For our Furniture Selection appointments, we are working with our Distribution Partners to limit non-essential visitors to HFB. Educating our staff about CDC and WHO preventative guidelines. Allowing remote work for staff for [...]
Warehouse Blowout Sale 2020 Saturday, March 7th 8AM - 2:30PM 8220 Mosley Rd. Join Houston Furniture Bank for a Warehouse Blowout Sale this Saturday! Our mission is Making Empty Houses Homes. In 2019, Houston Furniture Bank provided Furniture Assistance to over 2,000 families in our community, helping those affected by poverty, disaster, health concerns, homelessness and domestic violence. We provide essential furniture to families that are in transition to stability. 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! [...]
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 [...]
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 publication is to provide stakeholders in our children’s future with a tool to help identify the most strategic and pressing areas for intervention, chart new paths to move Houston forward and track progress over time.” CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization, working [...]