We had the good fortune of connecting with Treger Strasberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Treger, what matters most to you?
Empathy in action has become my life’s motto. A lack of effort to understand others is what is diving our division and anger. If we can all take a moment to internalize other’s struggles, and really see them as equals, we can begin to fix the chasm that divides us. We are all just one moment away from disaster, one paycheck away from homelessness, or one medical emergency away from ruin. I am a firm believer in being the change that the world needs. Sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for any of us today. If we each take one small piece of the puzzle and dedicate ourselves to fixing it, we can become a snowball for good that picks up believers as we roll forward.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Humble Design serves individuals, families, and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming empty houses into welcoming homes using donated furniture and household goods. Our warehouses are curated by design teams that personalize homes based on our clients’ needs and preferences. More than a makeover, it’s a start over. A house isn’t a home without a warm bed and a place to gather with family. Our home makeovers change an entire mindset, generating an immediate focus on self-empowerment and long-term stability. Humble Design sets families on a course towards a bright and hopeful future. Restoring hope and dignity has a life-changing impact both for the people we help and the volunteers who make it possible. Humble Design impacts families and the environment, as well as our community of volunteers. We have furnished over 1,500 homes for 7,000+ people since 2009. Half of those who enter housing return to shelters within the year. Humble Design ends the revolving door of homelessness by creating homes where families can find peace, strength, and hope. Only 1% of our families return to homelessness. We assist the transformation of lives in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, San Diego, and Seattle.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friend was visiting San Diego and wanted a tour, I would have to stop at 1. Seal Beach 2. Mt. Solidad (for the lay of the land) 3. Kayaking at La Jolla caves 4. Biking on the bay and Mission Beach 5. So many of our great restaurants have been closed for the pandemic, but I would look forward to eating at our amazing array of eateries after we all get the vaccine! 6. Whale watching- so fun if the weather and whales cooperate 7. Point Loma lighthouse is a wonderful bike ride and the tide pools are amazing 8. Birch aquarium for the afternoon near sunset 9. Carolines for breakfast to watch the surfers 10. Dinner and a movie at Rooftop Cinema Club at the Grand Hyatt 11. Music at The Observatory or something a bit heavier at the Casbah
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We would like to shout out to the San Diego community for coming together to make Humble Design so successful as our fourth city. The absolute devotion to the betterment of this city is unlike anything Humble Design has experienced so far. We have never encountered a city whose leadership, especially Mayor Gloria, and social services, including The Alpha Project, and others have worked so well together to tackle the issues that homeless individuals face. Our board is the real engine behind our success here, and they deserve a huge pat on the back for their diligence.