This month’s Houston Furniture Bank (HFB) Board Spotlight features Board Member Tom Harwell. He has been on the Board of Directors for less than a year. Tom was recruited to Houston Furniture Bank by long-time supporter Stephanie Haynes, a Houston Furniture Bank Advisory Board member. Tom has spent 45 years in the hospitality industry. He supports nonprofits that provide services to people with special needs and children, as well as cancer research. Tom has been married for nearly 40 years and has four children and five grandchildren. He enjoys reading and landscaping as well as cooking and wines. He also likes [...]
Today’s Houston Furniture Bank (HFB) Board Spotlight features Board Member Mark Montgomery. Mark has been on the Board of Directors for three years and has provided significant support to the Mattress Recycling Center. He has remained committed to the success of Houston Furniture Bank during times of great need, including the relocation after the fire and the recent increased need after Hurricane Harvey. Mark was recruited to Houston Furniture Bank by fellow Board Member Larry Cress. “Larry presented the thought of a true social enterprise serving the community, providing jobs and helping the environment,” said Mark. “We worked together to fund [...]
This month’s Houston Furniture Bank (HFB) Board Spotlight features Board Member Pat Duffy. Although Pat hasn’t been a member of the Board for long, he has been a part of the organization during a pivotal year in the history of the nonprofit. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, HFB has risen to meet the challenge of an unexpected need from the community. Pat’s support has been essential to HFB’s response during this period of recovery. Pat was recruited into the organization by HFB Executive Director Oli Mohammed. Pat and Oli had an opportunity to spend time together at the Colliers golf [...]
Today’s Houston Furniture Bank (HFB) Board Spotlight features Board Member Minerva Perez. A well-known TV journalist, Minerva has been an active HFB Board Member for 10 years. Throughout her years of dedicated service to the organization, she has done everything from help coordinate the Grand Opening Celebration for the new headquarters to volunteering her time to help give out furniture in the days after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city. Minerva was recruited to HFB by her friend and neighbor Janet Ely. Although her initial interest was due to her friend’s invitation, Minerva has remained with HFB because of the mission to [...]
Today’s Houston Furniture Bank (HFB) Board Spotlight features Board Member Jessica Newhouse. Though she’s a new addition to the Houston Furniture Bank Board – officially joining in 2018 – Jessica was involved with HFB prior to joining. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, she created a non-profit project – HAULforHOUSTON – to collect furniture and housewares from around the country through a network of volunteers and donors without the means to get them down to Southeast Texas. She was connected to HFB Executive Director Oli Mohammed through her former Rice University professor, David VanHorn (an HFB Advisory Board member), and HAUL [...]
Today’s Houston Furniture Bank (HFB) Board Spotlight features Board Member Miles Marks. From helping to commemorate the grand opening of the new HFB headquarters & its 25th anniversary, to volunteering to aid families affected by Hurricane Harvey, Miles has given generously of his time and support to help HFB in Making Empty Houses Homes. Miles became involved with HFB two years ago through a friend – fellow HFB Vice Chairman Larry Cress. “I was impressed by the mission to provide beds to children who sleep on the floor,” said Miles. “In a city with the prosperity of Houston, it is unbelievable [...]
Today’s Houston Furniture Bank (HFB) Board Spotlight features Vice Chairman Larry Cress. From being a major donor & coordinating fundraising events to spearheading the start of the first ever Mattress Recycling Center in Houston and directing the management of CDGB grant to start the newest ‘social business’ for HFB, Larry’s contributions to the Houston Furniture Bank have been essential to its success. Larry became part of HFB through a family member. His daughter, Julie, was part of a charitable organization that partnered with HFB for furniture distribution. He accompanied her several times to pick up and deliver furniture to families and [...]
Steve Gombar, a volunteer and founding board member of the Houston Furniture Bank, passed away peacefully during the early hours of December 13th, 2015. Steve has been involved with the Furniture Bank since it’s inception in 1992. Steve Gombar always cared greatly about people and his dedication will forever be an example to follow. Steve will be greatly missed and may he rest in peace. In lieu of flowers, the Gombar Family has asked that donations be made to the Houston Furniture Bank. To make a donation click here, and please write in the comments section “In honor of Steve Gombar”.