My Hurricane Harvey Story: Recovery Efforts Continue for Affected Families


This story includes descriptions of flooding experienced during Hurricane Harvey. Like so many Houstonians, Esmeralda has a Hurricane Harvey story to tell. Two years ago, she was living right by Halls Bayou, at Parker by highway 59 in a four bedroom home with her daughter, a student at HCC, and her partner. Esmeralda and her daughter had always been very close. Every Tuesday, the pair took advantage of the nearby AMC $5 Movie Night. The night her home was flooded, everything happened very quickly. A native Houstonian, Esmeralda lived through Hurricane Rita, among other storms. She remembers the large tree that [...]

My Hurricane Harvey Story: Recovery Efforts Continue for Affected Families2019-06-12T14:48:27-05:00

HFB Client Profile: Charlene


“I didn’t do it for me, I did it for my kids.” Charlene has overcome many challenges to be where she is today. When her fiancé died suddenly two years ago, she and her four young children were left without a permanent home. The young family moved from house to house, staying with friends and in shelters in order to keep a roof over their heads. Living in transition made it impossible for them to hold onto their possessions. The family spent some time at the Star of Hope and while they were glad to have shelter, Charlene recalls that “the [...]

HFB Client Profile: Charlene2019-05-07T18:08:31-05:00

HFB Client Profile: Rachel Thomas


The Power Of A Dresser: A Houston Furniture Bank Client Profile At Houston Furniture Bank, we are truly inspired by our clients. They are hopeful and hardworking individuals who have fought long and hard to achieve stability. Rachel Thomas is a heartwarming example of the clients who come in through our Furniture Distribution Center, and she has generously agreed to share her story with us. During Rachel’s visit to Houston Furniture Bank, she was accompanied by her caseworker, Christopher Harper of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. When Chris first began working with Rachel, both agreed that her living [...]

HFB Client Profile: Rachel Thomas2019-01-30T09:34:21-06:00

HFB Staff Profile: Carye Blackwell


Second Chance Hire Brings Bountiful Return to Houston Furniture Bank Carye Blackwell has been with Houston Furniture Bank for nearly two years. During that time, he has worked his way up from being an entry-level warehouse hire to becoming warehouse manager to taking over the administration of our Mattress Recycling Center. Wherever Carye has applied his talents, processes have improved, morale has increased, and outputs have skyrocketed. In a nutshell, we are very lucky to have Carye here at Houston Furniture Bank! Carye was hired in 2017 by our newly-onboarded Director of Operations, Bill Lindsay. A father of six, he was [...]

HFB Staff Profile: Carye Blackwell2019-01-30T09:23:25-06:00

HFB Client Profile: Brenda Rogers


From homeless to a stable home, learn more about one client’s journey An enthusiastic “all of it!” was Brenda Rogers’s response when asked to name her favorite item of furniture for her new apartment. Brenda had just passed through Houston Furniture Bank’s (HFB) Distribution Center, selecting the essential furniture that would soon be hers. HFB provides essential furniture to families and individuals transitioning to independent living. What this means is that, with community support and strong partnerships, HFB is able to improve the quality of life of people recovering from life-changing events such as natural disasters and catastrophic illnesses. We were [...]

HFB Client Profile: Brenda Rogers2020-06-26T16:45:24-05:00

HFB Staff Profile: Flor Espinosa


This month Houston Furniture Bank (HFB) is beginning a series of profiles highlighting the dedicated staff that makes our programs and services so successful! Meet Flor Espinosa, an expert  mattress maker and new member of the Houston Furniture Bank team. Flor has been been making mattresses for more than 20 years! In 2018, HFB purchased her previous company, Master Mattress, where she had been operating a sewing machine for nearly 15 years. She is now part of the team that is making mattresses for Mattress Builders at Houston Furniture Bank, helping Making Empty Houses Homes. Flor is excited to be a [...]

HFB Staff Profile: Flor Espinosa2018-12-19T16:38:37-06:00

Board Spotlight: Tom Harwell


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 [...]

Board Spotlight: Tom Harwell2018-11-30T21:59:08-06:00

Partner Spotlight: Mattress Firm


Today’s Houston Furniture Bank partner spotlight is Mattress Firm. The national bedding retailer has been a longtime supporter of Houston Furniture Bank’s services and programs – providing donations and partnering in initiatives to support area families. In fact, the continued success of our Mattress Recycling Center is largely dependent on the 3-5 trailer loads of used mattresses that Mattress Firm is delivering every week to Houston Furniture Bank. Most recently, Hurricane Harvey created a bond of giving between the Mattress Firm and the Houston Furniture Bank. Mattress Firm donated more than 40 trailer loads of bedding products in the days and [...]

Partner Spotlight: Mattress Firm2018-12-04T16:30:55-06:00

HFB Board Member Spotlight: Mark Montgomery


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 [...]

HFB Board Member Spotlight: Mark Montgomery2018-11-30T21:51:56-06:00

HFB Donor Highlight: Article.


Houston Furniture Bank received a large donation this week from furniture company Article including sofas, chairs, and ottomans. Article has already donated three truckloads of furniture this year, giving back right here in our community. Our clients have been so excited to receive this stylish, high quality furniture. Our sponsors make it possible for HFB to continue the important work of Making Empty Houses Homes. We work with manufacturers, retailers, corporate sponsors and foundations to connect families in need with essential furniture including beds, sofas, tables and chairs. With the help of sponsors like Article, we are working to support family [...]

HFB Donor Highlight: Article.2018-11-30T21:52:57-06:00


Houston Furniture Bank
8220 Mosley Rd.
Houston, TX 77075

Hours of Operation

Mosley Rd: Monday-Friday, 8AM – 3:30 PM, Saturday 9-6.

Contact Us