Doerr Furniture’s Generations of Generosity

Charles Doerr, the founder of the fourth generation Doerr Furniture family business, set an example for his family to follow by dedicating much of his time to a list of community projects and organizations. He was founder of the Metairie Playground Association, Chairman of the Metairie Youth Recreational Association, Community Chest chairman, Director of the Board of the Metairie Kiwanis Club, and President of the Lions Club of Metairie. Mr. Doerr also served as a founding member of Metairie Bank a Trust Company where he served as Chairman of the Board as well as bank President and president of the Metairie Business Men's Association.

From its founder, Charles L. Doerr, to his descendants who continue his legacy of generosity, the Mutter family takes pride in giving back to their community. In 2008, the Mutter family built a reputation for their generosity, through Doerr Furniture and its mattress subsidiary, Bedding Plus by working with by members of the Home Furnishings Independents Association (HFIA) to store and then help to distribute donated furniture to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Under the leadership of Julian Mutter, the HFIA and Doerr Furniture volunteers delivered needed goods and uncrated, unwrapped and arranged the furniture in the newly restored homes to make them habitable once again.

When The Bishop Perry Center opened in August 2013 with a goal to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of people in Faubourg Marigny and nearby neighborhoods, Doerr Furniture was the first major sponsor of the center. The Mutter family continues to be a financial supporter of the Bishop Perry Center which offers free food and clothing as well as GED tutoring, a computer literacy class, and lessons in resume writing and job interviewing, a Primary Care Clinic every Friday and a Mass at noon every weekday.

In addition to his duties as Chairman of the Center’s Board of Directors, David Mutter also co-chairs the Center’s major fundraiser in October- The Pheasant Hunt at Stella Plantation. The ministry of the Center is to reach out in the spirit of the New Evangelization to the residents of The Marigny and the French Quarter areas. The Center welcomes all people regardless of their background.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of its founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, which began in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1991, is one of the largest single-event fundraisers for St. Jude nationwide.

In 2013, Doerr Furniture’s interior designers were asked to fully furnish the St. Jude Dream Home. A large majority of the furniture brand choices used in the Dream Home décor in 2013 were from environmentally friendly and eco-conscious manufacturers around the country.

All proceeds from the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The research is shared with doctors and scientist worldwide so that children can be benefitted globally. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food -- because the only thing a family should worry about is helping their child live.

In December, 2015 launched Holiday Donate and Save Campaign – Invited customers to save on furniture and mattresses by giving back to their local communities. Doerr believes that giving back creates a positive influence in our community and is a part of who we are. Customers paid it forward by designating a charity, then donating their money to that charity and bringing in a donation receipt to saving up to $2,999.

Habitat for Humanity International, generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity, is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976. Devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing, Habitat for Humanity is a self-described "Christian housing ministry," that continues to address issues of poverty housing all over the world.

Bedding Plus is a proud partner with Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West Restore which uses sales from generous donations of goods to build homes for the community. Bedding Plus has made donations to Restore which helps reduce discarded mattress from going in to the local landfill and continues its partnership with the Sound Sleep Initiative in the Donate A Better Night's Sleep Campaign.

The Sound Sleep Initiative, a collaboration between WWOZ and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, initiated and made possible by Doerr Furniture helps improve the lives of New Orleans musicians and cultural performers by helping them get a better night's sleep. In collaboration with WWOZ and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, Shane Mutter first initiated the idea and then made it possible with his families’ companies, Doerr Furniture and Bedding Plus. After his conversation with Melanie Merz of WWOZ, Shane Mutter bought fifty-two mattresses to kick off the program. The way the program works is that once a week a brand new queen sized mattress is delivered to a musician or other member of the New Orleans cultural community who is addressing an immediate health concern. A week later WWOZ reached out to New Orleans Musicans Clinic to ensure that the mattresses would be received by artists who will most benefit from an improved night’s sleep.

The New Orleans Musicians Clinic treats and assists more than 2,500 local musicians. Of these, more than 80% live below the federal poverty level. When it comes to deciding how to spend their hard-won wages, rent, cars, insurance, and bills take priority over a quality mattress and bed.A committee of musician advocates make recommendations of musicians and culture bearers who would most benefit from healthy sleep. Criteria will include (but is not limited to) recent surgery, struggles with chronic illness, and chronic pain. All recipients will be vital members of the New Orleans cultural family, including Mardi Gras Indians, social aid and pleasure club members, musicians, performers, and music and service industry workers - all of whom have shown commitment to their own self-care.