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.

Locals select Humility of Mary Housing as a favorite charity

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is pleased to be listed in the top five Charitable/Community Services agencies selected as a favorite by residents of the Quad Cities in the 2014-2015 Locals Love Us Directory.

Locals Love Us logoThe LocalsLoveUs.com directory is a compendium of winners of the popular vote among the Quad City residents in a variety of categories. These directories are available at no cost at many locations around the Quad City areas, including at our offices. The 2014-2015 edition marks the first time this directory is published in our area.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. shares the “most-loved” ranking in its category with Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities/Restore, United Way of Quad Cities Area, American Red Cross, and Salvation Army. We thank our supporters whose votes have ranked us among these powerful national charities.

We are delighted to receive this affirmation from the people of the Quad Cities. Your support has made our work possible, thereby improving the quality of life in our community. Together we are making a difference in the lives of thousands.

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Locals Love Us DirectoryIn addition to charitable and community services, the directory lists favorite Quad City places for fun, dining, travel and lodging, fitness and beauty, shopping, auto, health and medical, money, pets, real estate, weddings and events among others. The directory also provides coupons with special offers for local outlets.

The Quad Cities LocalsLoveUs.com is also found on Twitter and on Facebook.

Successful May Rummage Sale

We are pleased to announce that this year’s May Fresh Start Sale raised over $6,000!

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Gertrude Vogel (left) helped prepare for the successful Spring Sale.

This is an amazing accomplishment for our organization, and we can’t wait to use the funds to give back to our community.

The money raised will be used to purchase items our program participants need, and to fund our programming so we can continue to help combat homelessness in the Quad City area.

Our rummage sales began back in 1990 at the home of Gertrude Vogel. Her daughter, and HMHI’s Financial Director, Sister Mary Ann Vogel, said the first year, the sale raised $600. Each year the sale grew bigger and bigger. Gertrude would fill the garage, the driveway, and the front yard to the brim with items for sale.

Eventually, the sale outgrew Gertrude’s home, and it moved out to the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. In 2011, when HMHI moved into our new home on Mississippi Avenue in Davenport, we were able to begin hosting the sales in our warehouse.

Sister Mary Ann says this has been a huge success.

“We’re picking up more and more new people,” she said. “The word is spreading. The May sale is the best sale that we’ve had ever here in this building.”

HMHI is also working to expand our outreach by placing antique items for sale on eBay. This has been very successful so far, and with technology constantly changing, we hope this aspect of the sales will continue to expand.

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Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM

“It’s good to see it grow,” Sister Mary Ann said. “We’re always needing volunteers to help us with it.”

So be sure to mark your calendars for the third weekend in October, Oct. 17 and 18, when we will hold our Fall Rummage Sale! We could use your time as a volunteer, your donations for the sale, or your purchases as a customer at the sale itself!

Thank you to everyone who helped us with our May Rummage Sale! Your time truly does help us to benefit our community.

Top five FREE things to do with your kids this summer

summerHappy Summer everyone!

Here at Humility of Mary Housing we are excited to see some warm weather and sunshine as we continue to serve our community.

As your kids get out of school for summer, you’ll soon scramble to decide what to do with them on the weekends. Never fear! HMHI has compiled a top five list of things you can do with your kiddos… and the best part is, they’re all FREE!

1. GET CRAFTY. Home Depot, 920 Middle Rd., Bettendorf, offers FREE workshops on home depot photothe weekends for kids ages 5-12. Your little one will get to participate in a hands-on activity that teaches them great listening, building, and teamwork skills. You can sign up online here.

2. BUILD A FORT. Sheets and blankets are all you’ll need for this extremely fun activity. You can tuck the sheets into dress drawers, place them on top of couches, get creative! Your kids will feel like it’s their extra special secret place, and it will keep them busy for hours!

3. GO FOR A WALK. All you need is a nice sidewalk or neighborhood, and you’re set. This is a good chance for you to chat with your kids about crossing the street safely as well (looking both ways, watching for cars, etc.) You can get outside, get some exercise and spend some quality time with each other for FREE.

4.STARGAZE. For this activity, all you’ll need is a blanket, some bug spray, and some stargazingopen space. Spray the kids’ arms and legs, so they won’t get bug bites outside. Lay a blanket down in the grass, and watch the stars! If you have older kids, talk to them about basic star constellations such as the Big and Little Dippers. If you’re lucky, you may even see a shooting star!

5. PLAY CHARADES. Write some fun ideas on pieces of paper, and have kids draw them out of a cup or hat. You’ll laugh, and it’s a great way for children to use their imagination.

So there are your top five activities to do with your kiddos this summer. And they’re absolutely FREE.

From our home to yours, we hope you stay safe, cool, and hydrated this summer!

Donations welcome now for HMHI’s Spring Semi-Annual Benefit Sale

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Humility of Mary Housing, Inc welcomes your donations of gently used items for our spring rummage sale.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) will hold its semi-annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale Friday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale occurs at our office and donation center located at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport.

We welcome your donations for this sale! Contributions can be dropped off at our office and donation center loading dock from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. We ask that items donated be clean and in good working order.

The Spring Fresh Start sale continues a 25 year tradition of providing a large selection of gently used or new items–each item individually inspected and approved for sale by our volunteers. The array of merchandise includes housewares, bedding, toys, jewelry, gift items, furniture, books, games, clothing and so much more. Over the years, our sale is known for the quality of items, the great values and the friendly staff.

Our spring sale features seasonal items, including an array of beautiful spring gift ware, outdoor furniture and garden decor. Spring clothing, including many designer label items, are available for infants, children and adults.

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Too many items to detail! Come and see…go home with great bargains!

Our sale offers donated items that cannot be used to furnish apartments or by the families. All proceeds from the sale are used by Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. to purchase furniture and other program needs.

Through HMHI’s program lives of homeless families that are headed by a single parent are transformed. Children learn there is a different way to live, and parents receive opportunities upon which they build the foundation for a greater future for their families.

Join Color the Quads to support local charities

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Support HMHI at the Color the Quads 5K Run on May 31, 2014. Any monies the run earns beyond the targeted $75,000 will go to charities designated by participants when they register. You can choose Humility of Mary Housing as your designated charity and assist our families who are working to gain housing independence.

Event sponsor Mel Foster Co says:

Get ready for the most colorful, fun-filled day of your life! Runners get bombarded with more color than your happy levels can handle! Get your friends and family excited for this amazing event where you’ll get blasted with color while participating in the Mel Foster Color the Quads 5K Run.

It’s an event for the whole family! Here are a few happy shots from last year’s event:

There’s lots of room for volunteers, but registration is limited. So don’t delay!

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Register for fun…and assist Quad City charities!

Insert a Christmas tree to uplift a child

christmas treeOur families who have recently experienced homelessness find our apartments a welcome relief and the hope of a brighter future. But when holidays come, their housing insecurity has left them disadvantaged. They didn’t store a Christmas tree from last year in their attic or garage because, more than likely, there was no tree nor was there an attic or garage.

Can you provide a holiday tree to uplift the spirits of a family in need? Your gift of a new or gently-used tree will change the holidays for one of our participating families. Because our families are apartment-dwellers, the optimum tree size would be between 4′-6′ tall. Used artificial trees should come with all the necessary parts for assembly.

Our program manages nearly 50 apartments, so we can use dozens of trees for holiday decorating. Thanks for whatever you can to to brighten the holidays for a local family in need! By inserting a tree into a family’s living quarters, you can warm a home in this chilly time of year.

Giving and receiving–The United Way!

As the United Way of the Quad Cities conducts its annual campaign, we at HMHI enthusiastically participate. Our employee fundraising projects perk our interest daily, as we await the latest Bingo number to see who will win each game’s employee prize. We share our agency story with local businesses, as well. Since HMHI benefits from the United Way, we want the community know that their contributions are funding a valuable service.

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Beverly Ricketts presents Sister Mary Ann Vogel the personal product items that Northwest Bank and Trust employees collected for HMHI participating families.

Last week, HMHI’s Sister Mary Ann Vogel gave two such talks to help Northwest Bank and Trust Company of Davenport kick off their employee United Way contribution campaign. Their employees collected diapers and baby wipes for the infants, babies and toddlers participating in the HMHI program to further generate support for our families. These products are costly for our single parents to purchase, yet they are a constant and unavoidable expense for a young parent.

The photo accompanying this article shows a part of the merchandise that employees contributed! Our cupboards went from empty to full, thanks to this influx of products from the generous employees at Northwest Bank.

HMHI appreciates the support it receives from the community. As the United Way Annual Campaign continues, we hope local employees will remember Humility of Mary Housing as they complete their annual payroll deduction forms for the United Way at their work places.

Thanks to the generosity of the Quad Cities, families who lack homes find a way out of homelessness through HMHI’s programming. We can’t do this without your support, so we say “thanks!”

SleepOut raises awareness of local homelessness

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Sleepout participants raise awareness of an important issue in the Quad Cities–homelessness.

Our sister agency, Humility of Mary Shelter, is holding its annual Night at the Shelter SleepOut tonight, October 4, at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport. The Night at the Shelter SleepOut raises awareness about homelessness in the Quad City community and raises funds to provide beds and support for homeless persons Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. serves.

The event kicks off at 4:00 pm with an evening packed with fun for the whole family. Here’s sleepouta roster of events and attractions in store for participants:

  • live music,
  • a performance by Comedy Sportz,
  • kickball tournaments,
  • food vendors,
  • Jumpin’ Joeys bounce houses,
  • an outdoor movie on the Modern Woodmen Park jumbo screen, and
  • a homelessness learning opportunity: “Trading Places, A Homeless Experience”.

Participants can compete in the “Build Your Own Shelter” contest and spend the night in their own creation.

The event concludes on Saturday with breakfast and a heartfelt closing ceremony.

General admission to this event is $10 per person with participants encouraged to solicit sponsors to support their efforts to help the homeless. The entrance fee corresponds to the cost to fund one person’s bed for one night at Humility of Mary Shelter.

Melanie Jones from Mediacom Connections on Vimeo.

The top three SleepOut fundraisers will receive a Faithful Quilt Award. Additionally, their names will appear on next year’s event T-shirt. Visit www.humilityofmaryshelter.com for more information. Contributions to support HMSI are always welcome.

HMHI Fall Benefit Sale Time Approaches!

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) will hold its semi-annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale Friday evening, October 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale occurs at our office and donation center located at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport.

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This sale continues a 24 year tradition of providing a large selection of gently used or new items, all individually inspected and in working condition. The array of merchandise includes house wares, bedding, toys, jewelry, gift items, furniture, books, games, clothing and so much more. Over the years, our sale is renowned for the quality of items, the great values and the friendly staff.

Our autumn sale features seasonal items, including a wide array of beautiful Christmas decor and giftware. Fall and winter clothing, including many designer label items, are available for infants, children and adults.

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Gently used clothing–at a fraction of their original price–awaits you at the Fall HMHI sale.

We’re still accepting donations for this sale. Your contributions can be dropped off at our office and donation center loading dock from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Humility of Mary Housing manages 47 apartments that are used for families in the program. We always need single beds, dressers and sofas to furnish these apartments. Donations are accepted throughout the year.

warehouse full of sale items
Too many items to detail! Come and see…go home with great bargains!

Our sale offers donated items that cannot be used to furnish apartments or by the families. All proceeds from the sale are used by Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. to purchase furniture and other program needs.

Through HMHI’s program lives of homeless families that are headed by a single parent are transformed. Children learn there is a different way to live, and parents receive opportunities upon which they build the foundation for a greater future for their families.

HMHI’s Jazz Brunch–A news event, thanks to our sponsors!

The fourth annual New Orleans Jazz Brunch is a happy memory today, yet news of the event keeps the good work of HMHI in the forefront of the community’s awareness. Thanks to event sponsors, participants and supporters, Jazz Brunch successfully generated important funding to continue HMHI’s programming to benefit single parent families who are homeless.

2013 Jazz Brunch
A beautiful day in lovely surroundings–the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Brunch served great food and music and supported homeless families.

Quad Cities WQAD, Channel 8, covered the event with an on-site camera reporter. Their news segment is viewable right here on our website blog. Watch a short interview with Sister Mary Ann Vogel, HMHI’s Finance Director:

See the WQAD full article here: Music, Brunch Helps Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.

Sister Mary Ann Vogel and members of the Development Committee, who spearheaded the day’s organization and execution, expressed appreciation to the event’s sponsors: Community Resources Corporation, Davenport Noon Optimists, East Moline Glass, James H. Laas Co., Mel Foster Co., Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Bank, Gary Whitaker, and Service providers of SSAB Iowa, including: Automation Software & Engineering, Inc, IMS Systems, Inc, Integrated Mills Systems, United Rolls Inc, and Whemco.