When passion meets purpose, you get a high level of achievement. Striving to reach a purpose requires a willingness to act boldly, consistently, and persistently.
Lisa Robison did just that in 2009 when she combined her passion and talent for design with her purpose of giving back to the community.
Lisa, a designer by trade, had put off her professional interior design career for 10 years to raise her children. When her son was going into kindergarten, it was time for her to consider the next chapter of her life. Lisa had just finished reading Oprah Winfrey's book What I know for Sure, which inspired her to pursue her passion and talents, and figure out how to give that back to her community. This got her thinking about design and how important it is to have your environment reflect who you are. She thought about how the people who can least afford good design can benefit the most from it. Lisa put together a plan to design for struggling families. She started focusing on transitional housing for women who were trying to turn their lives around. She connected with the agencies that were helping these families. The interest was huge because families need more than just a roof over their heads; they need a home.
Lisa's next step was turning this dream into a reality. Her birthday was approaching, and her husband kept asking her what she wanted. She told him, “I want a nest egg of money to start a nonprofit.” Her dream, passion and purpose became a reality with the generous gift from her husband and Dwell with Dignity was born.
PARTNERSHIP OF PASSIONS
After Lisa finished her first design project for a mom and her baby. She sent an email out to everyone she knew to come check out the open house and bring canned food for the pantry. Kim Turner, a dear friend who Lisa met in design school, could not make the open house, but she was inspired and wanted to hear more about Lisa’s project. After a two-hour lunch, the designers realized they could bring their individual talents together and create something that could really have a huge impact and change lives. Kim had strong ties to the design community and shared the belief that lives can be inspired by design. This was the seed that allowed Dwell with Dignity to blossom.
DWELL WITH DIGNITY
Dwell with Dignity's mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time. The organization is a nonprofit group of interior designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families that are struggling with homelessness and poverty.
Often once a family has received all of the counseling, training, and support from partner agencies, they find themselves struggling to provide a home in which they can thrive. Dwell with Dignity addresses this critical economic need. After a nominated family has made a commitment to self-sufficiency, the organization will furnish the family’s home with a complete set of furniture, art, bedding, and kitchen supplies, plus food in the pantry and the first night’s meal.
HOW DO THEY DO IT?
They do it with the labor of dedicated volunteers and generous donors. Lisa and Kim’s strong ties to the design industry allow them to get donations from some of the top local interior designers and those from other states. They also receive donations from retailers and the community itself. Click here to find a list of the items the organization will and will not take. The items that are received are refurbished and touched up by volunteers, so they are perfect for the homes. To learn more about volunteering click here.
HOW DOES DWELL WITH DIGNITY RAISE FUNDS FOR THEIR MISSION?
Dwell with Dignity's biggest fundraiser is through Thrift Studio. Thrift Studio is not like any other thrift store, rather it's an annual 30-day pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell with Dignity through selling the overstock of donated, gently used furniture, house wares, 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 Dwell with Dignity’s warehouse as well as items they have donated from their own inventory. All items are for sale to help families escape poverty and homelessness.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Kickoff Party: Thursday, November 5th from 6-8pm at PIRCH in NorthPark Center.
Join Dwell with Dignity at PIRCH as they kick off Thrift Studio 2016 with their annual Kickoff Party! They will announce the Honorary Chair, the Vignette Designers, and important dates for Thrift Studio 2016! Come enjoy sips and bites while you mix and mingle with your Dwell with Dignity friends!
Warehouse Sale November 19th-21st, 9am-4pm.
Come shop Dwell with Dignity’s warehouse inventory, 1605 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas 75207, before they move to a new warehouse! This is your chance to get incredible deals on everything in their warehouse, from high-end designer goods to unique treasures that will inspire your next DIY project. It's first come, first serve and EVERYTHING is priced to sell with 100% of the proceeds going to support their mission to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design!