Monday, November 03, 2014

Art Van teams up with Humble Design and COTS for fundraiser

The future looks a bit brighter for some of the families experiencing homelessness in Detroit. Local nonprofits, Humble Design and Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS), have teamed up with Art Van Furniture to help families overcoming homelessness.

The trio has planned a celebratory event to launch their collaboration.  The event, ‘There Is No Place Like Home,’ will take place on November 19, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. inside the new Scott Shuptrine Interiors, which is located at 32301 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak.

The objective of this partnership is to make a house a home and provide supportive services to 12 homeless families.  Funds raised from this initiative will provide the security deposit and first month’s rent; new and gently used furniture, along with accessories and home supplies; a new mattresses for each family member; and continued supportive services. The organizations seek to raise $60,000 to support this initiative.

A full cocktail bar and strolling hors d’oeuvres will be available for attendee’s enjoyment. Renowned local artists Stevie Soul and Omar Aragones will keep the crowd entertained with their signature sounds throughout the evening. Complimentary valet parking will also be available.

Event supporters can peruse the state-of-the-art gallery and learn more about each organization within this new partnership. Scott Shuptrine has graciously offered to gift 15 percent of all furniture and furnishing sales made during the event back to the partnering nonprofits.

“We encourage supporters, both new and old, to attend,” said Julie Nagle, Director of Humble Design. “With Art Van Furniture backing both organizations, we can provide furniture for more families that are striving to escape the cycle of homelessness.”

COTS’ chief executive director Cheryl P. Johnson added, “It is partnerships such as this that serve to empower families experiencing homelessness.  Together we are helping to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness and create stable homes for children to be educated and to thrive. With participation from supporters, we all can take pride in helping others succeed.”

Tickets for this event are free, but a donation of at least $50 is encouraged and appreciated. To RSVP please visit before November 12, 2014.

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