is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design; one household at a time.
is to bring good design to those less fortunate, inspiring them to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in.
We partner with local social services agencies that have programs in place to take families from homelessness & poverty to self-sufficiency. They nominate families that have made a commitment to self-sufficiency and changing their life. Often times, after a family has received all of the counseling, training, and support from our partner agencies, they find themselves struggling to provide a home in which they can thrive. Dwell with Dignity addresses this critical economic need through our mission.
Dwell with Dignity continues to grow and now have 8 paid staff plus our beloved volunteers. Based in Dallas, Dwell with Dignity works with families in Dallas County and now in Atlanta.
Founded in 2009, Dwell with Dignity will have completed 97 projects to date.
Dwell with Dignity provides complete home interiors that include furniture, art, bedding, linens, kitchen supplies, food in the pantry and their first night’s meal. Families come home to what is now their new standard of living.
Dwell with Dignity designs and installs complete home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness. We empower families to lead their best lives and to thrive in a safe, functional, and beautiful environment.
Our families become stable and create home lives they are proud of. Toxic stress levels are reduced significantly. Academics improve. Play dates are made. Plans are made for birthday parties, holiday gatherings, and family dinners. These designs will have a powerful generational impact.
“If we can change a person’s surroundings, we can change their outlook on life.”
Lisa Robison, is an interior designer who had the decade prior to founding Dwell with Dignity, been raising her children and immersing herself in all things related to design. She began looking for her next venture and what she realized is that she wanted to give back to her community and pursue her passion for design. That culminated into the concept of Dwell with Dignity. Her strong belief that good design improves one’s quality of life (along with the nest egg birthday gift from her husband) resulted in the incorporation of Dwell with Dignity in April of 2009.
Kim Turner, also an interior designer, met Lisa at El Centro College in May of 1995 when they started design school together. Kim has been a practicing designer ever since, creating and maintaining relationships with many clients and friends within the Dallas design community. When she first heard of Lisa’s foundation, almost 14 years to the day of their first encounter, she knew this was something – and someone – with whom she wanted to be involved. She shares Lisa’s belief that lives can truly be inspired by design and that dwelling with dignity is something that can be possible for all.
As word got out about what Lisa and Kim were doing it became obvious that others wanted to help. The community was interested in getting their hands dirty and helping families in need. Volunteers started coming to the Dwell with Dignity office to refurbish furniture, recover chair cushions and make artwork for the projects. Volunteers flocked on move-in days to lay shelf paper and stock the kitchen; iron sheets and shower curtains; hang art and draperies; make beds and fluff pillows. It was a team effort that resulted in a beautiful, nurturing home for a family that had been through so much. And that is still the process. The reward is the tears, squeals and hugs during the reveal.
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