HAAM’s new furniture barn at Black Cat Junction Boutique on Loop 494 offers welcome storage for overflow items. Photos by Trilla Cook

With storage a rare commodity for Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM), the barn raising that happened on the east side of the Black Cat Junction Boutique building located on Loop 494 was a welcome sight to see. The boutique is the second of two resale stores benefiting the charity.

“We are so excited about our new furniture barn at the Black Cat Junction location,” said Millie Garrison, HAAM’s executive director. “This is another way for our community to donate, and your donations stay local and benefit others. It’s also an opportunity for shoppers to buy neat pieces at lower costs.”

The “barn” was constructed as a dedicated area for the overflow of donated large furniture items. As word slowly spreads about the sought-after pieces of furniture being donated and offered for resale at the furniture barn, the need for more volunteers enters the picture.

“We’d like to invite volunteers to come spend a few hours helping us with the fun task of creating little vignettes with the furniture and arranging it as a customer- friendly place to shop,” Billie Prince, manager of the boutique, said. “It’s hard work but with a big payoff when the place is set up like a showroom.”

Billie Prince, left, and Millie Garrison survey the options at HAAM’s new furniture barn located behind Black Cat Junction Boutique.


Slightly used furniture is very popular with shoppers who often apply a little paint or elbow grease and come up with a brand new item.

Prince urges everyone to come take a look at what they have to offer, which is ever changing. She explained that the furniture barn consists of large and small items such as sofas, chairs, desks, tables, armoires, dressers and many accessories, including wall art, rugs, baskets, lamps, chandeliers and more.

HAAM will pick up donated furniture upon request. Just call 281-446-3663 to schedule a free pick up.

HAAM has been serving the Lake Houston area for more than 25 years with the help of dedicated community volunteers who are vital to the success of their social services and two resale stores. Their flagship resale store is located in Humble next to HAAM’s social services office.

HAAM’s website offers guidelines for donating furniture items, as well as do’s and don’ts for resale store donations.

“We live in such a wonderful community where everyone is so giving and a true believer in helping neighbors,” Garrison said.

All proceeds from the resale stores go toward supporting programs and services for those in the community without the means to satisfy basic human needs.

For more information and complete list of services and HAAM’S 2017 impact, go to haamministries.org.

Volunteers can apply online, at the HAAM office located at 1204 First Street in Humble, or by calling Catherine Schrof at 281-446-3663 ext. 120 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trilla Cook
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A correspondent and travel writer for The Tribune for the past 10 years, I also enjoy writing for my blog at  trillastravels.com. I retired from Humble ISD and previously worked for the W.Va. Legislature. Please leave feedback at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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