We work with 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 we furnish the families’ homes including all furniture, art, bedding, kitchen supplies, food in the pantry and their first night’s meal.
We feel that if we can change a person’s environment, we can change a person’s outlook on life. When we provide our families a place to be proud of and thrive in, we have set the stage for breaking the cycle of poverty and setting up future generations for success.

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.

By the end of 2016, we will have completed 97 projects which includes single-family homes and community spaces. To see the transformations go to our Projects page. You can also view our Dallas projects or out Atlanta projects.
We work with agencies that have accountability-based programs with case workers and counselors providing guidance to help families achieve self-sufficiency. For an Agency Application, click here.

Interfaith Housing Coalition, Family Gateway, Exodus Ministries, CitySquare, Genesis, New Friends New Life, TRAC, Family Place, Shared Housing Center, Promise House, to name a few.

Approved social service agencies nominate the families we serve. Dwell with Dignity does not employ caseworkers. Our agencies select the families they feel can benefit the most from a Dwell with Dignity living space.
We use mostly donated items for our living spaces that come from a variety of sources including our local community, the design community, and retailers in the home industry. If you would like to donate items, you can find a list of items we can accept and not accept on our site here and you can fill out a form detailing those items.

There are also many items we purchase for every project including children’s bedding, upholstered items, cribs and more.

Our biggest fundraiser is Thrift Studio.  Thrift Studio is a not-like-any-other-thrift-store THRIFT STORE.

Thrift Studio is an annual 30 day pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell with Dignity through selling the overstock of donated new and gently used furniture, housewares, accessories and high end designer finds to the public.

Each Thrift Studio has a cast of fabulous designers that design and install vignettes using items from our warehouse as well as items they have donated from their own inventory.  All items are for sale to allow Dwell with Dignity to help families escape poverty & homelessness.

Dwell with Dignity also relies on individual donations and corporate contributions to meet our fundraising goals.

Our corporate sponsors have been integral in helping us achieve our mission. For more information about these partners, please visit the Sponsors page.
Our individual donors have a passion to alleviate homelessness. These donors have consistently supported us to help more families thrive. Please visit our donate now page to contribute.
There are a variety of ways to help; make financial donations, volunteer to help with DIY projects or events, and come to Thrift Studio and tell your friends. See our Get Involved tab for details.
We are working on a national expansion plan that focuses on cities that are design hubs in the US. Chapters will be funded on a local community level, but will be under the Dwell with Dignity umbrella.

Our first provisional chapter is in Atlanta. For more info about starting a chapter in your city, please contact us.

New Location FAQs

Passion to help stop the punishing cycle of homelessness through design is the first step. Next steps become more challenging and complex. We have been listening, however, and want to offer the opportunity (and the benefit of our expertise and experience) to other like-minded people. Please fill out our Chapter Viability Questionnaire to get you thinking about what resources and conditions are necessary.
Yes! DWD is a grassroots organization with funding and resources supporting local efforts in Dallas. Chapters will be responsible for raising the funds necessary to install their local projects and the resources necessary to support their efforts.
The greatest challenge for a passionate team of individuals in a design hub city will be acquiring warehouse space and pick-up and delivery of donations. Additional concerns are securing studio space for volunteers.
Our initial expansion plan calls for DWD chapters to be created where there is extensive support in the design community. Not only is it necessary to have a flourishing interior design and home furnishings industry, but also a wholesale design center or trade mart is a must. This ensures the sustainability required for fundraising efforts and local in-kind donations.

In the future, design hub cities may be able to support satellite chapters within a particular radius of the official DWD chapter.

  • Are you an Interior Designer (helpful but not necessary)?
  • Are you in a design hub city (has wholesale showrooms for interior designers)?
  • Are you comfortable soliciting funds and in-kind donations?
  • Are you passionate about our mission?
  • Do you have 3-5 passionate individuals (including designers) committed to volunteering significant time and resources to the cause?
  • Do you have studio space?
  • Do you have warehouse space for donations?
  • Do you have pick-up and delivery for donations?
  • Do you have connections in the design community?
Timing for the next chapter will depend on the resources available in the city of interest.
The Atlanta community embraced Dwell with Dignity with open arms! Passionate individuals banded together and took the initiative to work on their first project together and will have 10 home interiors completed by the end of 2016. Interior designers jumped on board to design home interiors, and local showrooms and retailers donated furniture and accessories. Atlanta will support their first Thrift Studio fundraiser in September of 2016.

Thrift Studio

A shopping event like no other.

Visit our Thrift Studio Website