I wasn’t surprised to learn that The Container Store was built on a clear philosophy structured around treating their customers, employees, and vendors with respect and dignity. Formally called Foundation Principles, they explain a lot about a company that has been supporting a nonprofit I founded a few short years ago called Dwell with Dignity.

Dwell with Dignity is an organization in Dallas with a mission of helping families escape homelessness and poverty through interior design, one household at a time. We create homes for families that include all of their furniture, storage needs, linens, artwork and kitchen supplies. We even stock the family’s pantry and make their first night’s meal in their new home. The Container Store generously helps us with each and every project by contributing their amazing products and elfa closet solutions.

Not only does The Container Store directly contribute to each monthly project we put together, they also teamed up with us for our bi-annual fundraiser, Thrift Studio.  For creative minds, this really is all about the FUN in fundraiser!

We invited eight creative teams from top retailers, interior design studios and showrooms to participate. The idea was to have our 30-day pop up thrift store feature eight vignettes, curated by these talented individuals, in which everything would be for sale to benefit Dwell with Dignity. We kicked it all off with a preview party and a shopping event showcasing all of the vignettes.

Each participant shopped our warehouse of donated furniture and accessory items for pieces they could repurpose, reuse or reinvent. Check out the before and after here from The Container Store vignette! What vision!

Collaborators then added their own merchandise to create amazing rooms for Dwell with Dignity to sell at deep discounts to design savvy shoppers attending to support our cause. I couldn’t have been more excited about the designs. Click through on the Thrift Studio website to see the other vignettes.

The Container Store vignette told such a happy story! From the bright, cheery colors to the clean lines and balance — this was a show stopper. I really wanted to take the entire installation and plop it into the office in my own home. What a wonderful place to work!

I’d like to thank the incredible staff at The Container Store for all they do to promote the Foundation Principles upon which their company was built. Their support and genuine efforts to promote dignity and respect throughout the community is inspiring!

— Lisa Robison, Founder, Dwell with Dignity







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