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.

Adopt a family experiencing homelessness for Christmas

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Enrich your holiday season this year. Sign up is underway to adopt a family experiencing homelessness that we serve at Humility of Mary Housing. Your gifts will make their Christmas very special!

The spirit of an old fashioned Christmas governs our giving program:

“Something that you want,
Something that you need,
Something that you’ll wear,
Something that you’ll read.”

If you’d like to help but don’t have the time to shop for others, we have these suggestions:

** Supply gift cards for food,gas,and  general  shopping for family emergency needs.
** Provide gift cards for family outings, like the Children’s Museum, movies, ballgame, etc.
** Sponsors may also choose to cover the cost of supporting a family for a day, week or month.
** Ask us for an extended ideas list!

Adopt a Family

Sign up for the family size you wish. We will try to honor your requests for ages and genders of children, if we can.

New, unwrapped gifts and gift cards may be dropped off at our office. We will package, distribute and deliver your gifts to our families.

All gifts need to arrive at our office by December 12, 2016 so we have time to process and handle the distribution.

If you’re interested in helping Santa make Christmas wishes come true, give us a call. We will work with you, your family, your civic or church group or your office and business. Let’s talk! Phone 563-326-1330 and speak to Patti at Ext. 105.

A changed life: Former child participant shares gratitude for HMHI

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James Houston and his family with Sister Mary Ann Vogel at the 2016 Jazz Brunch benefit. James shared his gratitude for the gift HMHI and Sr. Mary Ann were in his young life.

The 2016 Jazz Brunch benefit event on September 25 did not disappoint on any of the many elements that annually contribute to a memorable experience. This year, perhaps, for us at HMHI, one element overshadowed the exciting auction, the fabulous food and beverages, the elegant atmosphere and the great live music. James Houston touched and inspired us. As a child James participated in our HMHI program. He shared his experience with all the attendees of the brunch, expressing his gratitude for the difference HMHI made in his life.

James Houston’s sharing

While at HMHI, James lived across the hall from Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM, a member of HMHI’s founding committee and current finance director. She was the site manager he and his siblings awaited daily to return home from work. She would welcome them into her apartment to play. Two particular gifts Sister Mary Ann gave James had a far-reaching impact on his life. He shared his gratitude to all who attended. You can watch a recording of the talk here on this post and learn what those gifts were. Little things can create a lasting impact.

Images from 2016 Jazz Brunch Benefit

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We can’t share the sounds, smells and tastes, unfortunately. But you can enjoy some of the sights from the 2016 Jazz Brunch on our Flickr photo album found here on this post. Scroll through, and remember that those who attend next year’s Jazz Brunch benefit help local families experiencing homelessness. That improves life in the Quad Cities for all of us.

Jazz Brunch Live Auction 2016

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The 2016 benefit Jazz Brunch includes a live auction event.

The 2016 Jazz Brunch, a benefit event combining music and buffet, takes place Sunday, September 25 from 11 AM until 2 PM at the Crow Valley Golf Club. Proceedings are enlivened by the auction of high-ticket offerings that will create lasting memories for those who win them. Herb Burns of Burns Auction Service returns again this year to conduct the proceedings. The Humility of Mary Developement Committee has announced this year’s prizes:

  • Get away in the Quad Cities with one night’s lodging at the new Rhythm City Casino Resort along with two complementary dinners at Robert’s Buffet. Make your date and enjoy its sophisticated interior design, outstanding personal service and modern amenities. Let them envelope you in total luxury and comfort.
  • Impress your guests with dinner for 8 at Hemispheres Bistro and experience new dining in the Quad Cities.  Share a flavorful meal from Chef Aman Razdan’s modern and globally ethnic menu. Relish healthy, flavorful food choices that use fresh ingredients.
  • Make memories in Titletown! This package entitles you to two tickets at the Green Bay Packers’ November 6, 2016 home game with the Indianapolis Colts. You’ll receive exclusive, private air transport from the Quad Cities. Make personal arrangements for an unforgettable weekend!
  • Football and Holiday Shopping Week-end in Chicago ~ December 2 – 4, 2016.  A great weekend getaway for two couples! Your package includes: A two bedroom condo in the West Loop with parking; two tickets to the Chicago Bears vs San Francisco game on December 4 and a $100 gift certificate to Girl and the Goat for tasty, bold flavored foods with global influence in a fun, lively setting.
  • crist co condoEnjoy your stay at a privately-owned, 2 bedroom/2 bath-room condo overlooking Lake Dillon in Colorado. Located less than five minutes to downtown Frisco and downtown Dillon, it sleeps six comfortably. Lying in the heart of Colorado ski country, it’s just 30 minutes to resorts at Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Vail. Hop on the bike trail right across the street! [Transportation to condo not included]

Tickets to the event are available by phoning the HMHI Office at 563/326-1330 and are $75. All proceeds benefit Quad Cities families that are experiencing homelessness. The HMHI program provides housing and support services that promote self-sufficiency.

Message from a grateful HMHI program participant

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Tina, a participant in HMHI’s permanent supportive housing program, expresses her appreciation and gratitude.

With the help of our supporters, HMHI can provide assistance to struggling and grateful single parent families in need. While many are aware of the housing assistance we provide to families who have nowhere to live, many are unaware of the many supportive elements of assistance we offer. With the help of wrap-around assistance, it becomes possible for families to regain their footing and eventually exit our program once  again self-sufficient and able to choose housing that they can afford.

This is a note of appreciation from one family who are grateful for all the support they are receiving:

“Humility of Mary Housing has been a godsend for my daughter and me. We are so thankful for the program.

There have been times when I couldn’t afford the copay for my medications, and HMHI helped me get them. The group meetings are very informative and have given me the opportunity to meet other program participants, who have become my friends.

They also have fun activities for our kids to do.

I feel like everyone who works for HMHI is like our family. They acknowledge our accomplishments.

I don’t know what I would have done or where my daughter and I would be living today if it were not for Humility of Mary Housing.”  ~Tina

FALL Fresh Start Benefit Sale: September 23-24

Fall 2016 Fresh Start Benefit Sale

The semi-annual sale is upon us: the FALL Fresh Start Benefit Sale. Twice each year we open our warehouse to the public and allow them to access the beautiful merchandise supporters have donated to us. Although our families receive these items at no charge, the public is asked to contribute toward the support of the homeless families that we serve. But the prices help many families who appreciate the serviceable, gently-used and new items.

The Fall Fresh Start Sale is Friday and Saturday, September 23-24. While Friday hours are same as always–8 AM until 4 PM–the Saturday hours have changed to allow us to replenish the warehouse for the second day of the sale. Saturday’s sale hours are 9 AM until 3 PM.

sale itemsThe Fall Sale traditionally features seasonal supplies, including holiday items. It’s a great opportunity to shop for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items, as you will find specialty items at extreme bargain prices. All the clothing will be seasonally appropriate, with deep discounts on our remaining summer clothing items.

Great prices from past sales continue for this upcoming Fall sale:

All children’s clothing: $.50 cents each
Tops, shirts, shorts, sweaters–$1, Pants, shirts, shoes–$2, Spring coats–$3, Winter coats–$4, Suits, Dresses–$3, Swimwear, P.J.’s–$1, Scarves, belts, ties–$1.

If you have items to contribute to the sale, bring them to our office at 3805 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday through Fridays. We’ll be able to accept sale items until September 16.

We need lots of volunteers to make the sale run smoothly. Call Patti at 563/326-1330 to offer your services. We’ll find a job that you’ll enjoy. Our sale shoppers are delightful, and our families appreciate your support.

For daily updates about the sale (beginning September 6): visit our Sale Facebook Event page.

Help us publicize the sale. Download and post the Sale Flyer where people will see it. (Download one for your refrigerator so you remember to come, too!)

Find the sale on Craigslist of the Quad Cities. Share it with potential shoppers.

Bargain hunters, frugal shoppers, savers and supporters–we’ll see you at the Sale!

Fall Fresh Start Sale

 

Local artist’s show to contribute revenue to HMHI

Maria Casad show

During the month of August, local artist Maria Casad will contribute all proceeds of her art sales of originals and prints to support the families experiencing homelessness who participate in Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.’s supportive housing program. Her artwork is found at Emma Rae’s Antiques and Uniques in DeWitt where it will be on display throughout the month of August.

The public is invited to a special reception with the artist on August 13 from 1-4 PM at the store at 714 6th Ave in DeWitt, IA.

Maria Casad also volunteers at Humility of Mary Housing. She explains why she volunteers there and why she selected HMHI as recipeint of the proceeds from this special exhibit:

“My heart goes out to the homeless and it is difficult to know how best to help. I feel HMHL is on the right tract with this program.  I hope to volunteer more in the future.”

Casad is a regional muralist who has now turned her attention to painting and pen and ink artwork. Her work is displayed with those of other regional vendors at the unique DeWitt outlet. It’s open Monday-Thursday from 9:30 am-5 pm [summer hours only, Tuesdays open until 8 PM], Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 AM-4 PM.

We so appreciate Maria’s generosity to our families! Do support her sale and attend her reception. When you patronize this local artist, your purchase also benefits the Quad Cities Area by helping the most vulnerable.

Click this link to download the sale flier for posting. Help us publicize this sale. Thank you for all your support!

 

HMHI participant achieves school recognition award

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HMHI program participant Ariey’Anna proudly displays the achievement award she earned with her hard work throughout first grade.

HMHI program participant Ariey’Anna, six years of age, is making great gains in elementary school. When she completed first grade in May, Ariey’Anna received the Optimus Award. It signifies that she reached the educational goals set at the beginning of the school year.

Actually, Ariey’Anna surpassed her set goals and improved both her reading and spelling skills–vital skills that set the stage for school success. HMHI knows that this requires hard work and dedication throughout the school year. So, we congratulate Ariey’Anna on this accomplishment. We also want to acknowledge her mother, Heather, who continues to provide that all-important, unwavering support and guidance.

It has been proven time and again that excelling in school and stable home environments are linked. Homeless students live in uncomfortable or dangerous conditions, might not have a quiet place to do daily homework or perhaps don’t even have a place to sleep. Ultimately, homeless students transfer schools more often, are more likely to miss school, have lower standardized test scores, and are 87 percent more likely to leave school than their peers.

With the help of our supporters, the program at HMHI can provide that stable environment that allows children to achieve. We are happy to see Ariey’Anna start her elementary school years with a solid first year of accomplishment!

Local family recovers from domestic violence through HMHI program

Laureen and her two children survive domestic violence
Laureen and her children are overcoming challenges and creating a better future with the help of the Humility of Mary supportive housing program.

Laureen and her two children, Andre and Andrea, are survivors of domestic violence who currently participate in our supportive housing program. This family inspires us as they work hard to heal the damage left from the chaos of their former life. Laureen says she’s learning now to take each day, each step, deliberately, and to choose the best path possible for herself and her children. When interviewed, Laureen candidly explained how she adressed and sought for mental health issues in this recovery process. Now she’s pursuing more education to help her better manage her family’s finances.

Domestic violence leads to homelessness for many families. The Humility of Mary program becomes a lifeline to single-parents who come to grips with the issue and move forward determinedly toward a better future. Laureen’s own words explain what this means on a personal level:

The Humility of Mary Housing program has become a Beacon of Hope for me and my family. As an expectant single mother with two teens I so appreciate HMHI. Everyone–from the secretary to the director, and even the volunteers–everyone has been a wonderful blessing to me and my family. With their support, we have housing and all our basic needs are covered.

We feel safe and we have a better hope for our future with the help and support of this program.

I believe homelessness should be a thing of the past. I believe this program needs all the sponsors and support available, because HMHI takes on many different kinds of families in need: those with mental health issues, domestic violence victims, and more.

Housing support is most important in trying times, as there is no longer affordable housing in the Quad Cities area. This program is such a blessing to this city, and the help they have given to generations of families to prosper is incredible. I believe supporting Humility of Mary Housing is well worth the financial investment, in all aspects, for the future of families in crisis in the Quad Cities.

The continued support of the generous individuals and organizations that make our work possible create a better future for families in our community. Domestic violence, a cruel reality, can be survived. Futures are transformed at Humility of Mary Housing, through community support.

Jazz Brunch 2016: Helps families recover their lives

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The 7th annual Jazz Brunch delights, dines and delivers aid to families in need of a place to live.

“Let the Good Times Roll” proclaims the 7th Annual Jazz Brunch to benefit Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. Once again the beautiful and spacious Crow Valley Golf Club clubhouse will set the stage to host this dining delight. By popular acclaim, Margaret Murphy and her musical friends will return from the South Side of Chicago to add their smooth jazz atmosphere to the French Bistro theme.

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The event takes place on Sunday, September 25 from 11 AM until 2 PM. The menu will delight, and it includes a complimentary glass of champaign or mimosa. The buffet bar will highlight fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, combined in amazing sauces to create unforgettable entrees. Your meal will close with a dessert bar, so save room for an elegant ending.

The event will benefit Quad Cities’ families who are suffering homelessness, served by Humility of Mary Housing. This event is a major annual fundraiser for the program that to date has provided stability to 823 families, including 1,615 children. All-inclusive tickets are $75 and are available to the public. Call the Humility of Mary Housing office at (563) 556-1330 to reserve your seat. [Link to map: Davenport, IA–Crow Valley Golf Club]

A live auction will enliven the program. High ticket items, including condo vacation packages and exclusive dining parties, will be announced soon by the Development Committee planning the event. Event sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact committee members Amy Allen, Amy Chris, Thad DenHartog, Kim Flaherty-Grampp, Jane Rouse, Amy Scodeller, Kay Sigardson-Poor, and Sr. Mary Ann Vogel. An album of photos from last year’s Jazz Brunch is available on Flickr.

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Thousands attend Fresh Start Sale, Help local families experiencing homelessness

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Our Spring Fresh Start Sale was a record-breaker. Your purchases will help local families who are experiencing homelessness.

HMHI’s major spring fundraiser last weekend, the Fresh Start Sale, set a record in raising funding to assist the families experiencing homelessness who benefit from the proceeds. The event was very well attended on Saturday and Sunday.

Fresh Start Sale Manager, Patti Trapp, credits the hard work of her team of regulars and event volunteers for the success of this spring sale. “People ran themselves ragged,” she recounted, as she reflected on the busy days of the sale. Customers commented that the sale was very well organized, the result of weeks of preparation.

The sale days were long days. It opened to the public at 8 AM and ran uninterrupted until 4 PM each day. Customers who wanted to access the best selection formed a long line as they waited for the doors to open. And customers waited patiently in a line again to pay for their newly-acquired bargains.

Public excitement about the sale prompted Facebook to send notice of it to tens of thousands of accounts. Many users shared the news. Others effusively thanked Humility of Mary Housing for the opportunity to help others while also getting items they needed. One commented: “I went today, came out with 2 bags full. Spent only $17.50 and it’s for a good cause.”

Fresh Start Sale Features

Saturday’s 50% price slash of the already-low clothing prices brought in throngs, who carried out purchases of designer and other major brand names like Jones New York, Ralph Lauren, Alfred Dunner, Talbots, Chicos, Coldwater Creek, White/Black, GAP, Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer, Lands’ End, Haggar, Banana Republic, J. Jill, apt. 9, Pendleton, Vera Wang, Claiborne, Chaps, Tommy Bahama, Van Heusen, IZOD, J. Crew, and Dockers.

News Channel 4 provided extensive coverage of the sale, in a clip [CHANNEL 4 NEWS] featuring interviews with Patti Trapp, shoppers and sale volunteers.

Patti Trapp says that now work begins that will culminate in the Fall Fresh Start Sale, scheduled for the final weekend  in September. The donation center is again open for clothing and household goods that families can use to help them get themselves settled and stabilized in housing.