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.

HMHI earns 2014 Better Business Bureau Integrity Award

2014 BBB Integrity Award
The 2014 BBB Integrity Award is displayed in our office.

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

BBB Integrity Award 2014The 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:

Julie Bockenstedt
Julie Bockenstedt

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.

BBB Integrity Award
Leadership of Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter agencies gathered for a photo to document the occasion as they received the Integrity Award at a special event.

Back to School: With or Without Homes?

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A Davenport child boards a school bus to begin the school day.

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.

2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch Benefit

2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch
2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch

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.

CLICK HERE to register online to attend this event. You may also make a secure and easy payment online via PayPal. HMHI’s Development Committee will host another live auction during the Jazz Brunch featuring these local celebrities and special activities:

  • 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.

2014 New Orleans Jazz Brunch

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.


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!

Gertrude Vogel
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.

Sister Mary Ann Vogel
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.

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.

Join Color the Quads to support local charities

Color the Quads logo

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!

Color the Quads
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.

Northwest Bank and Trust donation
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!”