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.
Eight out of ten of our program participants remained in our Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing programs a minimum of six months. We are pleased that 75% of all families exited our program to enter permanent housing.
Between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, we served 73 single parent families who were homeless, providing them with secure housing and supportive services and enabling them to regain housing stability.
With the help of our supporters, we will continue to improve the quality of life in our Quad Cities community.
Christmas, a time of giving, is a great time to assist a family experiencing homelessness, and HMHI is pleased to connect you with a family in need. You can provide gifts for a single-parent family or for an individual in our program.
An “Old Fashioned Christmas”
Our theme is “Old Fashioned Christmas,” from the Victorian suggestion that appropriate gifts consist of:
Something that you want,
Something that you need,
Something that you’ll wear,
Something that you’ll read.
Each of our participants select four wishes in keeping with this list.
How You Can Help
Contact us if you’d like to choose gifts to make our participants’ wishes come true.
Then drop off the new, unwrapped gifts (or gift cards) at our office no later than December 15. For more information, phone us at 563/326-1330, ext. 105.
Thank you for making this holiday season special for HMHI families!
On the brink of releasing her second solo album in October, Sarah Marie Young‘s ensemble returns to HMHI’s New Orleans Jazz Brunch to entertain with their own special jazz stylings.
The new album, Little Candy Hearts, on SnipRecords, showcases Sarah Marie’s original writing–much of it about love. In the video at the top of this post Sarah discusses her creative processes and gives the listener a few snippets of her upcoming album.
Sarah Marie and her ensemble have been a staple of our jazz brunch from its inception. Each year we’re delighted to bring them back because their music is a hit with our brunch guests. This year Sarah Marie herself must attend a family event and will be unable to perform for us. However, the ensemble will feature another rising vocalist lending novelty and variety to the program.
Tickets are available on our website or at our office. Enjoy live music that supports single-parent families experiencing homelessness at the New Orleans Jazz Brunch, headlined by the Sarah Marie Young Ensemble on September 28.
Currently, Iowa ranks #2 in the nation in regard to volunteerism with Iowans volunteering on average 34.2 hours per year. Statistics show that a threshold of volunteering at least 40 hours per year reaps health benefits. Those who volunteered with just one organization had a lower risk of mortality. In addition, volunteering just 16 extra hours annually can add an additional $1 billion worth of services and greatly impact local communities and economies! We support Governor Branstad’s goal to increase volunteerism to 50 hours per year per person through the What’s Your 50?-Call to Service campaign. Information taken from Davenport Volunteer Connection website
Would you like to consider volunteering on a regular basis? Volunteering can be just a couple of hours a month, a week or every day. We work around our volunteer schedules. Dress is casual. Anyone 18 and over can volunteer, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
If you are looking for a place to feel appreciated and have your valuable time mean something, give us a call! We will be happy to sit down and discuss opportunities with you! Together we can make a difference in the QCA! 563-326-1330 x 105
Humility of Mary Housing Inc.’s Development Committee appreciates the support of the sponsors of the 2014 Jazz Brunch. They make the event possible.
Sponsors this year are:
Community Resources Corp
Quad City Bank and Trust
Gary and Becky Whitaker
Davenport Optimist Club
East Moline Glass
James H. Laas Company
Mel Foster Commercial
Southeast National Bank
The event will be September 28 at the Crow Valley Golf Club. Tickets are $75, available online until September 25 or at our HMHI office. Proceeds of the event will benefit single parent families experiencing homelessness in the Quad Cities.
Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. proudly received a 2014 Integrity Award from the Quad City Better Business Bureau on April 10. As a 2014 honoree, Humility of Mary Housing receives public recognition for embodying the ideals of the Better Business Bureau.
“Our mission is to celebrate marketplace role models who uphold trust, reliability and ethics. Certainly these businesses are excellent role models because integrity is at their foundation,” stated Chris Coleman, Better Business Bureau President.
2014 Integrity Award
The 2014 Integrity Award honors the HMHI’s outstanding commitment to fair, honest and ethical marketplace practices.
Since 1993, the Business of Integrity Awards annually “celebrate marketplace role models who exemplify BBB principles and uphold our ideals on trust, reliability and ethics,” according to the Quad City’s Better Business Bureau.
HMHI’s Executive Director Julie Bockenstedt affirmed that integrity is at the heart of the agency’s commitment to the people and community it serves:
“Humility of Mary Housing demonstrates integrity through our relationships with our guests/participants, vendors, funders, donors and community as a whole through ethical interactions and transparent and responsible fiscal and financial policies.
We believe strongly in ensuring that the people we serve are aware of our mission and aware of their own rights as consumers of our services.”
An independent panel of volunteer community leaders selected Humility of Mary Housing and the other 2014 Integrity Award recipients based on criteria established by the Better Business Bureau.
As summer vacation draws to a close, kids everywhere prepare to return to school. Stores are filled with school supplies; back-to-school advertising fills our TVs, radio and mailboxes. Many families scurry from store to store to purchase supplies, backpacks, clothes and haircuts. As children, we hated to see summer end, but we fondly remembered the annual ritual and the excitement of choosing new supplies and clothing to ease us into the new school year.
But, sadly, not all families and children in Scott County experience a new school year like this. While it may be hard to imagine, here in the Midwest hundreds of children don’t have a home to call their own. On any average day, Humility of Mary Housing provides nearly 50 apartments to children in families who are housing insecure. Lacking a secure place to live triggers a constant source of trauma for children in our community.
Permanent housing is a critical and basic need. Research has consistently shown that unless children’s most basic needs are met in a safe and consistent manner, their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development is often delayed. For them, back to school may usher in a round of discouraging setbacks as they struggle to succeed despite deficits that aren’t their fault.
A misconception about homeless parents is that they are slacking in providing for their children. Some remark: “they need to work like the rest of us.
Actually, the vast majority of families in homeless shelters are employed. They’re doing everything they can to move themselves to self-sufficiency and support their families. The problem is not with their motivation to support themselves. The challenge is that there is not housing available to them that they can afford.
If you’d like to assist these families, please partner with us at Humility of Mary Housing. We’re collecting back-to-school supplies to send our children to schools with new items and tools to help them learn. It’s not too late to help a child succeed. Our future will be brighter with your help.
Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. has announced that the date of the upcoming fifth annual New Orleans Jazz Brunch will be Sunday, September 28 this year. Continuing a successful pattern, this year’s Jazz Brunch will again take place at the beautiful Crow Valley Golf Club and will feature the smooth jazz of Sarah Marie Young and her ensemble from Chicago.
Enjoy a uniquely private lunch for 6-7 with Sister Joan Lescinski, DSJ, Ph.D, President and CEO St. Ambrose University with a wonderful lunch served at the Rogalski Center.
Private, after hours tour for 10 at the Mississippi River Distilling Co. and your choice of appetizers provided by Steventon’s. Celebrate by sampling sipirits made with locally gown ingredients while touring the facilities.
Extend the deliciousness of the New Orleans Jazz Brunch with a cooking class and dinner for 8-10 guests with James Steffen, Executive Chef, Crow Valley Golf Club.
Two Packers’ tickets with private plane transportation.
The brunch menu will include some of the great items from last year’s brunch along with new creations, designed to please.
Tickets are $75, available online or through our agency office. Plan to attend the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch, a benefit that assists single parent families who are experiencing homelessness.
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.
The 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.
In 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.