For families transitioning from a shelter to a new home: a design surprise

Humble Design furnishes homes for the homeless with donated goods from the community

By Xinyi(Ethel) Jiang
Medill Reports

After staying in a shelter for four months, Rasheena Hill and her 14-year-old daughter Jada, were happy to have a new house. But today, they’re in for another surprise.

Their empty new home was completely furnished — for free — by the non-profit Humble Design. Jada got a princess room with her favorite color pink, some cute photo frames and a customized crown with her name on it.

All these personal designs were created by Anne Wortel. The furniture came from donations.

“It’s always somebody out there to help you. Don’t never give up,” said Rasheena Hill.

Humble Design works with churches and other social organizations that find houses for families. They decorate one house every Wednesday in Chicago, with the goal of growing to two per week later this year.

Photo at top: Rasheena Hill and her daughter Jada Hill lie on the sofa at their newly decorated house. Jan. 31, 2018. (Xinyi Jiang/MEDILL)