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.

More than 50 volunteers helped us: United Way Day of Caring

United Way Day Of Caring team
This United Way Day of Caring team did outreach work for us in Rock Island.

by Patti Trapp, Volunteer Coordinator for HMHI and Humility of Mary Shelter

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Yard work at property sites helps prepare homes for families in need.

Today was the semi-annual Spring 2017 United Way Day of Caring. We at HMHI greatly benefitted from the volunteer work participants contributed. We sincerely thank all our United Way Day of Caring Volunteers! Today, we had teams from area businesses as well as individuals in attendance. We thank John Deere, John Deere retirees, St. Ambrose University, Quad City Raiders and Triumph Bank who sent groups to assist us with so many projects.

Fortunately, today’s weather was perfect for a work day! We had volunteers painting an apartment, doing yard work, power washing home exteriors, planting a community garden and doing community outreach. Over 50 people participated in groups supporting Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter—as well as the people we serve who are experiencing homelessness and working hard to escape its grip.

The Day of Caring Rock Island Outreach project got off to a great start this morning! Fifteen very enthusiastic volunteers covered the downtown neighborhood, distributing over 300 brochures, Helping With Humor fliers, and outreach cards.

Volunteer projects like these are invaluable to HMHI/HMSI. The volume of work that we have in property management alone is overwhelming at times. So, we are grateful for every volunteer and every hour that is so generously given.

Last fiscal year (7/1/15 through 6/30/16) 236 volunteers gave over 6000 hours to HMHI. In addition, volunteers served us through the AARP, RSVP, community service, workman’s comp-rehab programs and area schools!  

See United Way’s website for details on the next Day of Caring event which will take place here in the fall. Remember….volunteer opportunities are ongoing at HMHI! For details call Patti: 563-326-1330 x 105.

United Way of the Quad Cities says: “Today, we engaged 900 volunteers in 56 projects, a true testament of how when we work together, we all win!”

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Teams of hard workers accomplished a tremendous amount of work today.

 

Goodwill SKILLS Program Partners with HMHI. We All Win!

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Our reception room bulletin board features the thank you cards SKILLS participants sent us.

By Patti Trapp, HMHI Volunteer Coordinator

We have many lovely volunteers through Goodwill SKILLS Program Day Habilitation Services. This program meets the needs of people who face barriers to independence. SKILLS program participants come to HMHI offices and work as volunteers for a few hours each week. SKILLS stands for: Socialization, Knowledge, Integration, Leisure, Life Skills & Support. We help the participants strengthen their skills as they volunteer for us.

SKILLS Day Habilitation Program
Photo credit: Goodwill, SKILLS Day Habilitation Program brochure

The Goodwill volunteers come to us in small groups of 4 to 6 along with a case worker from Goodwill. These teams work closely with another of my amazing volunteers, JoLynne, who is a retired missionary. Together they have a great time, the young people from Goodwill gain skills, increase their confidence, have interaction with others and…fun!

The groups come every other week for about two hours and rotate so that they all get an opportunity to attend. Each visit brings new challenges. The teams have:

  • helped clean out the file room,
  • priced items for the Benefit Sale,
  • stocked shelves;
  • decorated the children’s bulletin board for various seasons and holidays.

Sometimes the tasks we have planned prove to be a bit much. Then, we regroup and find something else to work on. No matter what the task, they are always joyful. There are days their stellar attitude puts mine to shame. We are learning a lot from each other through this experience!

As a special thank you, they all got to shop at our Fresh Start Benefit Sale. They had so much fun doing their own shopping! You could tell that great thought was going into their purchases. It was exciting to see their ‘coupon’ clutched tightly as they spread out through the warehouse floor and looked for treasures. On this trip they were learning about the value of their coupon, checking prices and doing simple arithmetic; each experience building on the one before. In all, approximately 30 young people came with their case workers. They were split into 2 groups, one came in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each group spent an hour or more shopping.

Goodwill SKILLS On Display

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HMHI Volunteer JoLynne works with groups from Goodwill’s SKILLS program.

The week after the sale, they arrived to work again, surprising us with handmade thank you cards. Now, we proudly display those cards in our front office. Stop in and admire that careful work—each one a testimony to the relationships we’ve formed. I’d love to share a photo of these happy, smiling–always smiling—individuals, but we want to honor their privacy.

All our volunteers are a blessing to us. But, these young people have particularly touched us with their zest for life and willingness to help.

Thank you, to our wonderful friends at Goodwill! By partnering with nonprofit agencies in the Quad Cities, our community grows stronger.

HMHI Earns Quad Cities Locals Love Us 2017 Award

 

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Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. received a 2017 award in the category of “Best Charitable/Community Services.”

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. received an award from the Quad Cities Locals Love Us 2017 community-wide survey. We merited an award in the category of “Best Charitable/Community Services.” 

Locals Love Us asks the people in the Quad Cities to vote their opinions. The public selects the best places and say who are their favorites in the community. Community members vote in an annual survey. The results appear in a print and online directory.

Locals Love Us 2017We’re happy to share this spotlight with these other fine agencies: Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities/Restore, United Way of the Quad Cities, and King’s Harvest Ministries.

This award may result in greater public awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Quad Cities. Three of five agencies selected deal specifically with human homelessness. The remaining agencies serve homeless animals and support agencies that alleviate homelessness locally. 

Humility of Mary Housing earned one of the original Locals Love Us awards in 2013-2014 and another in 2014-2015. 

We sincerely thank the Quad Cities for their ongoing support and for their trust. This honor encourages us to continue and redouble our efforts to improve life for everyone in our community by supporting vulnerable families.

Local Man responds: Davenport Homelessness Debate

Davenport homelessness debateA local man who is currently a participant in our partner agency, Humility of Mary Shelter, has publicly responded to current events in Davenport. In a letter to the editor of the Quad City Times, the participant, unnamed to protect his privacy, addresses “…concerning statements made in the past two weeks regarding the homeless and facilities provided to assist them.”

The statement appears to be a reference to remarks by a local alderman which have sparked a public response of outrage. The remarks were quoted in the Times in conjunction with the city’s closure of Timothy’s House of Hope due to zoning issues. The remarks–and the closure itself–have put compassion as a public policy into the spotlight in Davenport.

Davenport Homelessness Debate

The letter to the editor is notable in that it is a representative voice in response from the population served by Timothy’s House of Hope. Opening with a prayer that no one ever experience homelessness, it proceeds to call leaders into accountability for their remarks against those less fortunate. It continues to say:

Homelessness is a fact of life, which encompasses all walks of individuals with no prejudice to race, color, status, religion, sex, or creed. To the individual that would use the media to publicly degrade myself, or any other person who may be in a less fortunate position than yourself, all I can say is thank you, on behalf of the person who will replace you in public office.

Common sense should tell us that as concerned citizens, in order to prevent more crimes and destitute situations, there needs to be a place provided to offer some help, guidance, information and encouragement. This center, Timothy’s House of Hope, would offer a positive forum for men, women, and young people to live in a city we are all supposedly so proud of.

This week, Davenport considered zoning changes that would allow Timothy’s House of Hope to operate. City staff will draft an ordinance revision that would allow meal service at the site. Opportunity for more public input is forthcoming. 

Congress to Maintain Federal Funding for Housing: FY 2017

FY 2017There’s good news today on the federal level for completing Fiscal Year 2017. Congress was able to reach a bipartisan budget deal. That agreement will fund the government through the final five months of FY 2017. Legislators will start voting on it today; and, it’s expected that voting will be completed by Friday. The deal they struck is the result of intense negotiation between Congress and the Trump Administration.

This budget is nowhere near perfect, but at least the bipartisan nature of the bill means we have a bit to celebrate. That is to say, the legislation averts the damage that early budget requests would have inflicted on our nation. The bill, HR 244, protects many important budget priorities, but it falls short on others. Fortunately, some legislators fought hard to protect human needs spending.

Funding for housing: FY 2017–Better than expected! 

The budget bill provides $2.383 billion for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, representing a $133 million increase in all. This includes:

  • $40 million for rapid re-housing or other critical activities to assist communities that lost significant capacity after January 1, 2016.
  • $43 million for homeless youth demonstration projects.
  • $12 million for the national homeless data analysis project.

Housing programs received more than last year, but still less than the requested amount. Most housing programs received a slight increase in funding. This funding will be crucial because housing units increase with market costs each year. 

Another budget soon

On May 15, Congress will begin deliberating the next budget, for Fiscal Year 2018. We must continue to prioritize funding for housing as critical human needs spending. Stand fast to resist additional spending on unnecessary budget items. Your advocacy efforts will apply pressure to make that happen. Thank you for your calls, your emails, and your efforts to ensure that our most vulnerable will have a safe place to live.

We must ensure that our Members of Congress know our priorities for FY 2018! Email your Representative now [link to Network]. Use the information on our advocacy page to contact your representative and senators.

Sources: Networklobby.org, the Catholic social justice lobby; National Alliance to End Homelessness. May 3, 2017

 

Easter Egg Hunt Sparks Spring Smiles

Meadow (L) and her mother Hayley (R) worked together to find the hidden treats at the Easter Egg hunt activity. Other families are visible in the background–all involved in a flurry of action.

With the assistance of Saint Ambrose University students, our HMHI participating families sought out candy and eggs at an Easter Egg Hunt at our office grounds this spring.

The leadership of Hannah Oliver, the Community Service Chair of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) at Saint Ambrose set the event in motion. She organized the activities and reached out to St. Ambrose faculty, staff, clubs and organizations for support and donations. As a result, university students and personnel contributed many items and money to purchase supplies, prizes and Easter baskets filled with treats for the kids.

Organizing a hunt gave the children the chance to participate in the thrill of the search. Their parents enjoyed helping their kids find the treats, too. Four university students led the activities at this event, Hannah, Maggie, Yousef and Catlyn. See a photo of three of these four leaders in the photo array (below).

Participants enjoyed a lunch of pizza, cookies and drinks, donated by a caring local family, Celeste Dolan and her daughter Alanah (see photo array below for picture). Celeste has donated for this event for several years now. 

Children experiencing homelessness can experience their plight as a trauma. So, we are especially happy to provide positive activities for our program participants. This helps parents interact in healthy ways with their children and gives a healing boost to the kids, too. 

Click on the images to get a closer look at the day’s participants:

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EGG HUNT

 

National Call in Day April 26: Raise your voice to fight homelessness

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Contact your senators and representative to advocate for housing funds on National Call in Day April 26.

National Call in Day April 26 (Wednesday) is urgent to defeat homelessness. When Congress returns to Washington next week, they’ll face a deadline on Friday, April 28 to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. This is our last chance to make sure they know how important federal funding to end homelessness is to the Quad Cities.

Join the National Call-In Day April 26 (Wednesday) to let Congress know how important federal funding is to ending homelessness here. Call your Senators and Representative that day and amplify the voices calling for federal assistance for housing.

How to call: 

  1. Dial your member of Congress. Their direct number is on our list of Quad City Iowa representatives or Quad City Illinois representatives. OR Call 202-224-3121, the Congressional switchboard, and ask for the person you want.
  2. Give your name and say you’re a constituent who lives in their district.
  3. Be brief and to-the-point. Say you support increases to federal supports to end homelessness. [or…Fancy version]: “In order to build on the progress we’ve made towards ending homelessness in the Quad Cities, it’s essential that Congress provides at least $2.6 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in Fiscal Year 2018.”
  4. Thank them for taking your message.

National Call in Day April 26

Some background info explains how important it is to make the call now. 

Last Spring, the House Appropriations Committee voted to provide $2.487 billion for McKinney in Fiscal Year 2017–a $237 million increase. An increase like this would allow our community to house 40,000 more people experiencing homelessness than this year. 

With your voice, we can urge Congress to do the right thing for people in need.

Thanks for making a short call to make a big difference on National Call in Day April 26. But you can call anytime. So don’t delay. 

 

Birdies for Charity: HMHI supporters can “chip in”

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Fourteen volunteers prepared 10 thousand Birdies pledge forms to send to HMHI supporters.

The John Deere Classic’s Birdies for Charity program officially opened its annual drive for 2017 this week. HMHI Birdies for Charity 2017 is a major source of donations at Humility of Mary Housing.

Birdies for charity HMHI pledge form 2017
Click the image to download and print HMHI’s Birdies for Charity pledge form.

To make a pledge for HMHI, just fill in this online form!

Or call our office at 563-326-1330 and we’ll send you a pledge card. Supporters can also download and print the Humility of Mary Housing official Birdies for Charity pledge card right HERE. Original downloads in color or black and white are acceptable (no photocopies). The form may be printed on single sides of paper (back-to-back printing is not necessary).

Last year, the John Deere Classic helped raise a record $10.5 million for charity, ranking it among the top four tournaments in charitable donations on the PGA Tour. Humility of Mary Housing typically receives over $20 thousand in donations through this program annually.

The Birdies program consists of individual charity pledges based on the number of birdies recorded in the tournament as well as lump sum donations to specific charities.

HMHI Birdies for Charity 2017 Helps the Quad Cities!

In addition, a Bonus Fund, boosts the charity take. It consists of tournament profits as well as a $325,000 matching donation from the John Deere Foundation. That increases the donation amount our agency receives. In addition, John Deere underwrites all administrative expenses for the Birdies program. Thus, 100 percent of every donation – plus the bonus – to go to us to help homeless families in the QCA.

As an incentive to attract charity donations, Lexus of the Quad Cities provides a free two-year lease of a 2017 Lexus NX to a donor who correctly guesses the exact number of birdies. This year’s John Deere Classic will be held July 10-16 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. 

Birdies for Charity 2017

 

Micro Volunteer Week 2017 at Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.


The world commemorates Micro Volunteer Day each April 15. At HMHI, we make a good thing better: April 10-16 is Micro Volunteer Week! For mere minutes each day, you can volunteer from the comfort of your home to make life better for local families escaping homelessness. We’ll send you your “mission” by email. Anyone with an email address and Internet can participate!

April 10-16, 2017 Micro Volunteer Week

To learn more and register to participate, just click here. It’s so easy! Satisfying!

And we are grateful for your help…! We’ll have a little surprise for all our micro volunteers. And, we’ll thank you in our annual report. So, don’t delay…grab your opportunity to help the children in families who need their own bed. 

REGISTER TODAY!

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Spring/Summer 2017 Volunteer Help Needed

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A group of volunteers from John Deere prepared this apartment for a family who didn’t have a home.
Over the next few months of Spring/Summer 2017, we will have several families graduating from our program. We are so happy for them! And we’re glad that we’ll be able to accept more families experiencing homelessness into our program. It gives them the opportunity to gather strength and escape life on the streets.
 
This means we will have apartments that we need to have cleaned and / or painted. We are looking for Spring/Summer 2017 volunteer help to make apartments fresh and clean for new families! It’s a satisfying task: to prepare a home for family that has nowhere to live.
 
All of these apartments are located in Davenport, Iowa. We are happy to work with family volunteer groups, church groups and civic organization groups, as well as groups from businesses, corporations  or educational institutions. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
 
Please call Patti for information and to apply to become a Humility of Mary volunteer: 563-326-1330.