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Houston Furniture Bank celebrates 30 years

Written by Lindsay Tooker

The Houston Furniture Bank celebrated its 30th birthday last week in Spring, Texas.

The anniversary event took place at the Montgomery County Furniture Bank location, opened in 2020, at 295 Sawdust Road in South Montgomery County. The original Houston Furniture Bank location is at 8220 Mosley Road in Houston and operates as a retail space as well as a mattress recycling and making facility, producing new mattresses from recycled materials.

Founder Oli Mohammed believes all Houston-area residents should have a place to sit, sleep, and eat in their home. He launched the Houston Furniture Bank after working with The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and seeing people moving into “empty shells,” often living in apartments that lacked even a mattress. The Houston Furniture Bank provides essential furniture to families in transition with support from community partners. Those needing furniture can pick out furniture free at both locations.

An outlet center at each location allows the public to shop for furniture from business partners like Gallery Furniture, Star Furniture and more. The proceeds from those sales benefit the furniture bank.

During its 30-year-history, The Houston Furniture Bank has served over 40,000 families, representing more than 120,000 individuals. They have recycled over 150,000 mattresses. They have also given away nearly one million pieces of furniture.

As it looks toward its next 30 years, The Houston Furniture Bank has plans to expand into Fort Bend County in 2023. You can learn more about The Houston Furniture Bank at their website, publishes every week.
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About the author

Lindsay Tooker

Lindsay has worked professionally in the nonprofit world since 2006 in both programmatic and development roles. She graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a BA in Communication, and has specialized in grant writing and fundraising communications for more than five years.
Lindsay is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Junior League.