Brand new homeowner Melvina Cook was the recent recipient of new furniture for her very first home.

Thanks to a partnership with the Greater Washington Urban League, Washington Redskins, and the team’s official furniture store, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Cook was one four families selected to receive the furnishings.

Cook, who moved into her first home in April, participated in DCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Assistance Program. As part of the program, she took the required first-time homeowner classes and workshops at Lydia’s House, a community-based organization supported by the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development.

“Ms. Cook is one of several DCHA homeowners this year who were able to put in the work and buy a home in the District for her children and grandchildren,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “Having partners like the Greater Washington Urban League, The Washington Redskins, and Bob’s Discount Furniture recognize Ms. Cook’s efforts and rewarding her with a freshly furnished home is a great inspiration for others to work towards their dreams.”

The classes at Lydia’s House include credit counseling, financial literacy, homebuyer education, and more. Once those classes were completed, Cook worked with GWUL for down payment assistance.

“This is how we leverage the various partners involved to make this dream come true for homeowners,” said GWUL President and CEO George H. Lambert, Jr. “It is a true testament that as the city develops, those who have been a part of the fabric of this city can also enjoy the redevelopment of this city.”

The Washington Redskins worked on community initiatives with GWUL in the past. When Bob’s Discount Furniture expressed an interest in helping D.C. families to the football team, they approached Lambert. GWUL then randomly selected four clients from their homeownership workshops.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Bob’s Discount Furniture and the Greater Washington Urban League to gift Ms. Cook with brand new furniture for her home. Giving back to our community is something we as an organization are passionate about, and we are grateful to have partners like Bob’s Discount Furniture and the Greater Washington Urban League who share our same values,” said The Washington Redskins organization in a statement.

Former Redskins wide receiver Gary Clark met Cook and her family the day the furniture was delivered. He signed footballs and surprised Cook with tickets to an upcoming pre-season game between the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens.

Clark said he was more than happy to be a part of moving day with the Cook family.

“I didn’t realize the extent of what all these partners do to help these homeowners be able to enjoy a wonderful home,” he said.

“The Bob’s Discount Furniture team is delighted to see this partnership come to life, and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside your organization, the Redskins, and GWUL, to serve our community in such a meaningful way,” said Lindsay Morin Ruszczyk, Bob’s Discount Furniture Director of Communications.

Thanks to the generous donation, Cook was able to furnish her dining room, a family room, and fill out some of her bedrooms. She said now she can focus on her outdoor area and basement.

“Because I had patience, perseverance, and did a lot of praying, this is what got me to this present day,” said Cook, who said she was nervous, excited, and blessed to receive this opportunity. 



DCHA Homeownership Coordinator Alice Revel, Homeowner Melvina Cook, and former Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Gary Clark
Last modified: 8/8/2019 2:05:40 PM