About HMHI

Located in the Quad Cities of IA and IL, we provide transitional and permanent housing for single-parent families who are without homes.

Thanks for a great Spring 2015 Fresh Start Benefit Sale!

Fresh Start Spring 2015
Shoppers purchased a record amount of merchandise at our Fresh Start Spring Sale.

We’re still crunching numbers, but thanks to all of you we are on a record pace as we total the numbers from our Fresh Start Benefit Sale 2015! Your support and patronage allow us to lift up and empower single parents who are on the path to lead a self-sufficient, productive life for themselves and their children.

Thanks to our generous donors, we had lots of merchandise to offer the public. It’s believed that this was our largest sale since we moved the Fresh Start Sale from its venue at the fairgrounds to our own office warehouse area.

Volunteers at HMHI logged 364.75 total hours of contributed assistance from March 20 through the end of the sale on Saturday. We could not handle an event of this magnitude without all that loyal support. Many of our volunteers work year after year, and all year around, to help us prepare for our seasonal sales. Our part-time workers through the AARP work program, coupled with full-time volunteers, contributed 143 hours during the sale week.

We also appreciate HyVee on East Kimberly for loaning us shopping carts and baskets for our Fresh Start patrons’ use. Our neighbors, Colonial Dental Studio and Jeanelle at Davenport Guns, were generous with their parking spaces for shoppers’ cars!

We appreciate everyone who helps us provide programming to families experiencing homelessness in the Quad Cities. This sale gives a second chance to merchandise that’s no longer needed. And the benefits of the sale give a fresh start to families in need. It’s a win-win for the Quad Cities. And, we appreciate everyone who makes it possible.

1st day of sale April 2015
Customers were lined up to be the first to shop on Day 1 of our Spring Fresh Start Sale.

The items we sold were donated over the last six months. Limits of space and time prevent us from retaining everything that’s donated until our program participants can utilize them. The sale allows us turn those assets into dollars that purchase goods and services needed to help our participant families. And, our donors appreciate that we’re employing Best Use Practices, deriving greatest value from their contributions.

Hope we’ll see you again in the fall! Our Fall Fresh Start Sale is September 24-25. We’re happy to receive your gently used, quality donations to help our program continue to assist families experiencing homeless in our community. Bring them to our office during our business hours. If you need some help, let us know. Thanks for your support.

April 2015 sale thanks


Fresh Start Sale for Spring 2015! April 24 & 25, 8am to 4pm

spring fresh start 2015

The spring sale that you love is approaching! This spring’s Fresh Start Benefit Sale features many new items and also good used items. These include furniture, household items, bedding, toys, books, dishes, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, gift items, craft and hobby supplies, clothing, small electrical appliances and LOTS of miscellaneous. Our sale fills an entire hall, and our prices are marked to send the merchandise flying out the doors. Each item on the sale has been individually inspected and cleared by our quality control team.

The sale is held indoors at our donation center at 3805 Mississippi Ave. in Davenport, IA. Rain or shine, you’ll shop in comfort. Count on our friendly volunteers; we’ll assist you.

Donations are still most welcome and can be dropped off at our office and donation center at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 17. We ask that all items be clean and in working order.

Fresh Start Benefit Sale

Proceeds from the Fresh Start Benefit Sale will support programming and services for Quad Cities community families that are experiencing homelessness. Our program served 140 children and their 73 parents during our last year of operations. Because we serve two generations, we know that we’re breaking the cycle of homelessness for future residents of the QCA.


Cash and Master Card/Visa accepted.

DOORS OPEN AT 8 A.M. each day.

We’ll see you at the Fresh Start Sale for Spring 2015.

Granite City Food & Brewery pledges HMHI 20% on Feb. 23

dine to donate flier
Using this flier to purchase food at Granite City Food & Brewery on Feb. 23 will automatically donate 20% of your tab to HMHI! That’s a most appreciated tip for us!

Granite City Food & Brewery in Davenport, IA promises their patrons on February 23 that they’ll donate to HMHI 20% of every tab that’s paid accompanied by the flier on this page. Brighten up your your Monday with a trip to Granite City, and you’ll also add the light of hope to families experiencing homelessness here in the Quad Cities.

All food that day–even take out orders–are eligible for this fundraiser. Treat yourself, treat your family, and simultaneously help others who are suffering.

Granite City Food & Brewery

They’re open Monday, February 23 from 11 AM – 12PM. They’re serving a 
Full Menu until 11PM and Drinks until Midnight.

Remember to print out the flier accompanying this post, or stop by our offices and we’ll happily provide you with one. Fliers, however, may not be distributed on site at Granite City that day. Click the link to download a flier that you can print and share: Humility of Mary flyer 20% D2D (1) pdf.

We hope to see you at 5270 Utica Ridge Rd. in Davenport, IA [Map] on February 23, enjoying some delicious food and helping others as the same time.

dine to donate at Granite City

Fun Night at Michael’s Fun World: Benefit HMHI…and have fun!

Michael's Fun World Nite
Have fun and help HMHI’s program on February 21!

A fun night at Michael’s Fun World will offer a break from the winter blues for Quad City residents who are of legal age (21+) on February 21 from 7-10 pm. Small snacks will be provided for all participants with other concessions available for purchase. Bring your own beverages.

A $20 donation in advance secures your admission; tickets are available at the door for $25. Advance tickets are available here on our website or at our office [call 563/326-1330]. Proceeds of the event will benefit the programming of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. and the single parent families experiencing homelessness whom we serve here in the Quad Cities. Your good time will help others.

Fun Night Activities

Michael’s Fun World offers go-karts, batting cages, lazer tag games, rock climbing, arcade games, bowlingo, a jungle zone, a gravity zone, and mini-golf. Friendly competition among friends, meeting new people, helping others…expect all this to combat winter blues and uplift our community by combating homelessness too. You deserve to have as much fun as your kids!

Michael’s Fun World is located at 354 West 76th Street, Davenport, IA 52806 [MAP], next to the Steeplegate Inn. Organize your friends to have an evening out for a good cause. We’ll be ready for you.

HMHI challenges supporters to match Kehl gift

Local governmental and business leaders joined Humility of Mary Housing to challenge supporters to match a major gift.  Bobby Kehl, of Kehl Management, has personally pledged to contribute $50,000 a year for Humility of Mary Housing for the coming five years, a total of $250,000. With Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, Kehl joined Julie Bockenstedt, HMHI Executive Director, to call upon the public to match the Kehl donation over the coming five years.

Matching the Kehl Gift

HMHI hopes to inspire and challenge Quad City citizens and businesses to match the Kehl donation each year with new and increased donations.

“Donations from the community are incredibly important,” emphasized HMHI executive director Julie Bockenstedt.

“The grant funding is unpredictable now. It is also shrinking and so we depend on the community to help with the good work we are doing and helping people who are homeless quickly move into permanent housing.”

Coalition of Community Concern

Bobby Kehl, Kehl Management, and Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba

Mayor Bill Gluba directly invited Kehl to consider the generous pledge by personally touring him through various agencies that assist people experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty in Davenport, including HMHI. Bobby Kehl responded in keeping with the tradition of his family, citing the example of his parents Bob and Ruth who always made giving a top priority.

“Their legacy includes not only the partnerships they have with nonprofits across the state, but also the Kehl Diabetes Center of Unitypoint Health-Finley and the Robert & Ruth Kehl Center at Clarke University [of Dubuque, IA],” stated Kehl.

Kehl expressed his hopes for the success of the HMHI campaign:

Of course, one donation can only go so far. We’re excited about this challenge and the opportunity for you to do even more for the community. On behalf of my entire family, we wish you the best of luck in reaching your goal.

Responding to the Kehl Gift Challenge

Donations to the challenge can be made on this website, using the DONATE NOW button, or by check to HMHI’s office. Donation increases from current supporters and all donations from new supporters will count toward fulfilling the donation challenge.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. values its partnership with community leaders and members. By providing essential services to the most vulnerable in the Quad Cities, we build a stronger future. Your support makes that possible.

Press Advisory: Acknowledge Kehl Family; Announce Community Challenge

Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter Acknowledge the Kehl Family and Announce Community Challenge

Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter will hold a Press Conference
to acknowledge the five year donation of the Kehl Management group to Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter and discuss current financial demands of both agencies and the means needed to assure shelter for those experiencing homelessness in our community.

Humility of Mary will announce a challenge to the Quad City community to match the Kehl donation over the next five years.

Date: Thursday November 20, 2014
Time: 11:30 am
Place: Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc., 1016 West 5th Street, Davenport, Iowa

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba
Rhymn City Casino General Manager Mo Hyder
Bobby Kehl, a member of Kehl Management
Humility of Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter Executive Director Julie Bockenstedt
Humility of Mary Shelter Program Director Cindi Gramenz
*Participants will be available for questions after the Press Conference

The purpose of this press conference is to publicly thank the Kehl family and to raise awareness in the community of the important services provided by HMSI and HMHI. Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter hope to inspire and challenge Quad City citizens and businesses to match the Kehl donation each year with new and increased donations.

The Kehl contribution is $50,000 a year for both Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter. Over the course of five (5) years, each agency will receive $250,000.

For Further information contact:

Sandi Burrichter, Development Director
563-326-1330 sburrichter@humilityofmaryhousing.com

Bank of America partners with Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.

Bank of America partnership
Single parent families will receive shelter in the Quad Cities through our new partnership.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is pleased to announce our new partnership with Bank of America. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded us a $10,000 grant. This funding will help us to assist the 75 families that we serve each year, as they work toward achieving greater self-sufficiency in their lives.

Support of our ongoing efforts is vital to our success in helping single parent families experiencing homelessness achieve their goals of independence and self-sufficiency. With corporate support like this, we can continue to contribute to the quality of life in the Quad Cities Area by promoting health and supplying the important human need of secure housing to two generations of citizens.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Bank of America, through the work of their charitable foundation, aims to create a ripple effect of positive change and economic stability in communities across the country.

Thank you for your partnership, Bank of America! We look forward to an ongoing relationship with you.

Bank of America logo

Patrons of Fall Sale Help Homeless Families

Fall Benefit Sale
Fall Benefit Sale augmented Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.’s ability to assist families experiencing homelessness while providing excellent merchandise to patrons and supporters.

A successful fall sale benefiting Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.’s programming, held October 17-18, helped fund the agency. Sale organizers reported that the two day sale netted $5400.

Certain desirable items from the sale that are still available will be posted on local online websites.

Collection of donations of used household items and clothing continues. Currently, the focus is on fall and winter clothing and outerware. Furniture is always welcome as the agency likes to provide basic household furniture to the incoming families in need. If possible, the families may take that furniture with them when they exit the program, to furnish their new housing of their own choosing.

Jazz Brunch 2014 created delicious memories

Jazz Brunch 2014

Jazz Brunch 2014 delivered a beautiful event of food and music in a lovely environment and upheld the tradition of past years. Once again, the weather contributed to the occasion as sunshine spilled over the early autumn landscape, creating a beautiful panorama just outside the plate glass windows of the Crow Valley Golf Club banquet rooms.

HMHI’s Development Committee is grateful to all 2014 Jazz Brunch sponsors, attendees, and all who contributed to making this an event to remember. Enjoy the sights of the brunch in this gallery of images.

HMHI to Hold Fall Benefit Sale October 17-18

Fall Benefit Sale

Look no farther for brand new and gently-used items for you, your family and your home. HMHI’s semi-annual benefit sale of donated items happens on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM both days.

Each item for sale is individually inspected, screened and approved for sale, assuring you of quality products in every area. As in past years, the sale will include furniture, clothing for men, women, children and babies, household goods, craft items, china and glassware, jewelry, books and more.

There’s something for everyone, and our prices can’t be beat.

HMHI Benefit Sale

The Fall Sale features seasonal and holiday items as well as fall and winter clothing. All clothing is sized, sorted and neatly displayed, making shopping convenient and fast.

HMHI utilizes the proceeds from these semi-annual sales to fund programming for single-parent families who are homeless. The sale became a mainstay of funding for the agency early in our 25 year history. From it’s inception as an occasional garage sale, the semi-annual Fresh Start sale has expanded to an ongoing operation at our agency headquarters.

There’s plenty of parking in our lot and on the street for shoppers, and there’s lots of merchandise on the tables ready for sale. Mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you at the fall sale.