BJs Wholesale Furnishes 2 Houses In Detroit for Families Transitioning from Homelessness


BJ’s Wholesale club has partnered with Humble Design. It is a non profit serving families and veterans rising above homelessness through transforming an empty house into a dignified and welcoming home. As a current BJ’s member this makes my heart happy to see a corporation giving back to those in need.

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Below is the full press release.

“We believe in restoring dignity to every family that has suffered homelessness,” said Kari Nies, development manager, Humble Design. “We are grateful for BJ’s Wholesale Club’s support in our mission of transforming empty houses into warm, welcoming and uplifting homes.”

BJ’s team members also volunteered for two days to get the houses ready for the families.

BJ’s Wholesale Club stocked the pantries of both homes with household essentials from its exclusive collection of Berkley Jensen® products like paper towels, bath tissue, laundry detergent, disinfecting wipes, dishwasher pacs, soap, trash bags, hand sanitizer and kitchen utensils like food storage sets and mixing bowls.

The retailer also stocked the kitchens with key items from its exclusive Wellsley Farms® collection including bottled water, granola bars, olive oil, coffee, trail mix and more. Lastly, BJ’s brought the entertainment and donated a new TV to each family. BJ’s also made a monetary donation.

“BJ’s Wholesale Club’s commitment to nourishing families starts in the home,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re honored to work with Humble Design to further its vision of creating stability for those affected by homelessness. Our team had a wonderful time volunteering and was moved by the emotion and joy felt by the impacted families.”

Humble Design serves families and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming empty houses or apartments into homes with donated household goods and furniture. The newly furnished homes serve as the catalyst for improved family dynamics, give families the confidence for a fresh start and provide a launching point for new careers.

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According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, Michigan had an estimated 8,351 individuals experiencing homelessness on any given day as of January 2018. Michigan’s Department of Housing and Urban Development states 47 percent of those who exit homelessness will return to it within several years. The success rate of families paired with Humble Design shows only one percent return to homelessness after receiving services.

“We believe in restoring dignity to every family that has suffered homelessness,” said Kari Nies, development manager, Humble Design. “We are grateful for BJ’s Wholesale Club’s support in our mission of transforming empty houses into warm, welcoming and uplifting homes.”

Humble Design accepts gently-used furniture and household good donations and designs and installs functional home interiors for families emerging out of homeless shelters. Clients are referred by partnering agencies and Humble Design has serviced more than 1,088 families in Detroit since 2009.

BJ’s is committed to nourishing communities and helping families thrive by providing access to basic essentials including fresh food, education and wellness to the communities it serves.

Since December 2018, BJ’s has donated $175,000 to Forgotten Harvest, a Feeding America® member food bank, to support Michigan families experiencing food insecurity. Ahead of the school year, BJ’s also surprised teachers in Madison Heights and Taylor with a $50,000 donation through DonorsChoose.org in August. The donation funded all classroom projects listed by local teachers to provide classroom essentials to help Michigan students thrive.

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About BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc.

Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs on the East Coast of the United States. The company currently operates 217 clubs and 141 BJ’s Gas® locations in 16 states.

The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BJ).

About Humble Design

Humble Design serves individuals, families, and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming their empty house into a warm, welcoming and uplifting home with donated furniture and household goods.

Across the country, Humble Design warehouses are curated and stocked by design teams that personalize homes by providing a dignified, life changing experience for clients.

We believe in restoring dignity to every family that has suffered homelessness. We use donated household goods to transform empty, cold houses for the recently homeless, into warm, welcoming and uplifting homes, that lead to successful lives. We aim to build a committed, creative network of individuals.

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