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  • IIDA’S Product Runway Celebrates $200,000 in All-Time Donations to Houston Furniture Bank!

    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.

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  • Twitter and HFB Part of Largest Volunteer Day in Houston History

    January 16th is marked in Houston’s history as being the city’s largest single day of volunteerism. Technology company and social media platform Twitter recruited 4,400 of its employees to participate in a city-wide day of volunteering and Volunteer Houston, an organization that pairs volunteers with nonprofit agencies, pulled the massive undertaking off beautifully. Twitter Volunteers […]

  • Mattresses for Less Provides Consistent and Heartfelt Support to HFB

    Most Wednesdays at Houston Furniture Bank, our team grows by two. A truck from Mattresses for Less arrives at 8220 Mosley Road with two delivery professionals, ready to help Houston Furniture Bank deliver furniture to families in need. This has been a tremendous support to our organization, growing our capacity significantly and consistently. This contribution […]

  • Bedding Drive with Laura U a Huge Success!

    In the days before Christmas, we at Houston Furniture Bank had the privilege of helping a grandmother and grandson who had been living in a shelter. While there, the young boy always kept with him a favorite toy dinosaur to keep him company. Today, he has his own bed in his own home, safe with […]

  • Spindletop Charities Donates 89 Bed Sets to Local Children Through HFB’s ‘No Kids on the Floor’ Initiative

    Just in time for the holidays, Houston Furniture Bank has delivered 89 bed sets to families in need across the Greater Houston region. This donation was made possible through a gift to the Houston Furniture Bank’s ‘No Kids on The Floor’ initiative from Spindletop Charities, Inc. The initiative works to ensure that every child in […]

  • Part of History; HFB Featured in Houston History Magazine

    Houston History Magazine has recently published its “Milestones” edition, marking important moments in Houston’s history from 1969. Edition 17 of the publication ranges from efforts to address racial inequality to the city’s leadership in space exploration, medical research, and hospitality. The magazine celebrates 50 years since the establishment of the Conrad N Hilton College of […]

  • HFB Helps Veteran Recovering from Addiction

    At Houston Furniture Bank, we are often a stepping stone. We are part of a network of agencies and individuals who are providing support to those in our community who need a helping hand in order to help themselves. Being a part of someone’s transition to stability is an honor and a privilege. Recently, we […]

  • Houstonians Vow “No Kids On The Floor!”

    Houston Furniture Bank’s Inaugural No Kids On The Floor Breakfast Raises $40,000 In Houston, no child will sleep on the floor! This was the commitment made by over 200 guests of Houston Furniture Bank’s “No Kids On The Floor” Breakfast on Wednesday, October 30th at the Junior League of Houston, the first fundraising event in […]

  • For Survivors of Hurricane Harvey, Recovery is a Marathon

    It has been two years since Hurricane Harvey. In the wake of the storm, Houston Furniture Bank was transformed by the participation of the Houston community. Individuals and businesses stepped up to meet the need, donating their furniture, their time and their financial resources to help their neighbors recover from the storm. In the beginning, […]