Trivia Night Raises Funds and Fun!

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Color your life with Trivia Night!

HMHI’s next big event is Trivia Night on Friday, April 26.
Doors will open at The Golden Leaf at 6:30 pm. The trivia contest will start at 7:00 pm. Win cash and help us help homeless families in our community–that’s a win/win!

Admission is $10.00 per person. We’ll work in tables of 8, but you don’t need a team. We’ll place you with others who don’t have a full team, if you don’t come with your own team of eight.

Bring your own snacks, but please purchase beverages from the cash bar.

Yes, we’ll have mulligans available for each table. A mulligan is a little sticker you can buy for $1.00. Each sticker can be used to count as a “correct answer” when you’re stumped on a question.

There will also be a silent auction for baskets with a wide variety of items. Come early to check them over and place your bids.

The Golden Leaf is located at 2903 E. Kimberly Road in Davenport [map].

We’re offering cash prizes for the top two teams!

To reserve your seat or table, call HMHI at 563-326-1330.

April 26 is Trivia Night for HMHI

HMHI’s next big event is Trivia Night on Friday, April 26. Doors will open at The Golden Leaf in Davenport at 6:30 pm. Trivia contest will start at 7:00 pm. You can win cash and help us help homeless families in our community–that’s a win/win!

Trivia Night admission is $10.00 per person. We’ll work with tables of eight, but if you don’t come with your own team of eight people, there’s no worries. We’ll place you with others who don’t have a full team.

Bring your own snacks, but please purchase beverages from the cash bar.

Yes, we’ll have mulligans available for each table. For the uninitiated, a mulligan is a little sticker you can buy for $1.00. Each mulligan counts as a “correct answer” when you’re stumped on a question. How easy is that!?

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Color your life with Trivia Night!

During the Trivia Night contest, we’ll also hold a silent auction of baskets filled with a wide variety of items. Come early to check them over and place your bids.

We’ll have cash prizes for the top two teams! So get your friends together and reserve your table. Call HMHI at 563-326-1330 and reserve your spot for Friday Night Fun in April.

Graduating another family into a happier future

amanda's graduationAmanda and her son Elijah, successful participants in our program, joyfully celebrated her graduation from Hamilton Tech College. Amanda completed the requirements for her Medical Assisting Diploma last weekend, on February 23.

Amanda earned an award as well for Excellent Attendance.

The Medical Assistant is trained to work with and under the direction of a physician in patient care and in administrative aspects of the physician’s office or other medical settings. Amanda’s training taught her clinical techniques including examining room procedures, obtaining vital signs and medical histories, performing routine laboratory procedures, sterilizing and maintaining equipment, and the proper techniques for administering medications.

With a degree in hand, Amanda is equipped with skills that can earn her a position in the medical field. She thereby has completed an important accomplishment which will advance her on the path to independent living.

Love is in the air at HMHI

Remember the HMHI Valentine contest we mentioned last month?

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A Valentine from an HMHI child to his/her mother.

We thought you’d enjoy seeing some of the entries our HMHI participating children made for their parents in the Valentine contest. They speak volumes! [Click each one to make it larger. If you’re receiving the email subscription update of the blog, click through to the website for a better look.]

 

“It’s Showtime!”–Today’s Point in Time count: January 30, 2013

2013PITPosterToday is the critical Point in Time count for the Quad Cities. During the last 10 days of January, more than 400 Continuums of Care (CoC), covering over 3,000 cities and counties across the country organize tens of thousands of volunteers in a national effort to measure the scale of homelessness in the United States. Today’s census of homelessness in the Quad Cities participates in this national action.

These counts reveal the number of homeless persons in our shelters and on our streets at a single point-in-time. These one-night snapshot counts also provide leaders in the Quad Cities with data we need to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless so that we can develop a thoughtful and appropriate response.

This effort allows communities across the nation to find out not just how many people are homeless, but who is homeless and more importantly, why they are homeless. Being able to answer these important questions is critical if we ever hope to end homelessness.

Today will be a busy day! Read more about the Point in Time count on our Events page. And watch the public service message singer Cyndi Lauper contributed to this day on our events page, too.

Energizing our HMHI children with contests

We love to have special events to engage the children of our participating families. HMHI has two such contests this month. After all, we know that it’s the little extra things we do to support our kids that brighten their lives and their days these dark winter months. Besides, Valentine’s Day is approaching, and we need to be ready for it!

candy heartThe first contest is just for fun. Children from our program can guess how many candy hearts are in a jar. The child who comes closest to the correct number in the candy jar will receive a gift grab bag. This contest’s easy to enter. And, simply for entering, the participating children will receive a special valentine.

The second contest requires some creative self-expression. The contest asks our children to write a poetic expression to a loved one entitled “I Love You Because…”.  The writing contest winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate from Subway. We appreciate Subway’s certificate donation in sponsorship of the poetry contest.

All entries will be submitted by February 8. We’re looking forward to reading the entries and being inspired by the sincerity and the poetry of our HMHI children. The winners will be announced February 12–just in time for Valentine’s Day!

 

HMHI prepares for the Point in Time Count: January 30

point in time countThe Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that continuum of care (CoC) communities like ours that receive HUD CoC funding perform a “one-day, point-in-time” count. This is a survey or count of the sheltered (every year) and unsheltered (every other year) homeless individuals. It occurs during the last week of January, on a single designated night. The January 2013 Point in Time Count will be on Jan. 30, and it’s theme is “Let’s Make Everyone Count.”

Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally. This happens in over 400 Continuums of Care (CoC) communities, covering over 3,000 cities and counties across the country. HMHI and its sister organization HMSI are fully involved in the Quad Cities.

Results of the 2013 Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey will provide benchmark numbers. We’ll use them as the basis for developing local community strategies. The overarching goal is to help people exit life on the streets, so these numbers help plan future services. But the numbers we count will also help us determine the success of our efforts to provide effective programs serving homeless individuals and families.

These counts help verify the need for state and federal funding that agencies depend on to provide shelter, housing, and support services to our community’s homeless. HUD is the largest source of homeless program funding, so ensuring that the funding is accomplishing what it was intended to do is vital to keep services operating.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper joined the effort to “Make Everyone Count,” a national campaign to support the local one-night counts of homeless persons and families. This national public service announcement encourages viewers to volunteer to gather this data on homelessness in the United States:

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines homeless as persons who are sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, sleeping in emergency shelters, or living in transitional housing after having come from the a shelter or place not meant for human habitation.

By knowing the numbers, we can move forward in our work of assisting people who don’t have homes. Sadly, this includes families with children. So the work is very important to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Redirecting lives adrift–our purpose since the beginning

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Trish Turner and her daughter, Adriana, stand before a housing unit that once sheltered them, years ago. Photo Credit: Catholic Messenger: http://www.catholicmessenger.net/2012/12/humility-of-mary-housing-helped-mom-turn-life-around/

Seventeen years ago, Trish Turner, then a 17 year-old, turned to us, overwhelmed by responsibilities of school, employment, parenthood and the need to find a safe place to live. Catholic Messenger reporter Barb Arland-Fye tells the story in the December 27 issue: “Humility of Mary Housing helped mom turn life around”

The story begins here:

The mother of one of her closest friends gave Trish the phone number for Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. “I never would have thought a phone call would have been such a saving grace.”

The supportive transitional and permanent housing program, now in its 23rd year, provides single-parent families experiencing homelessness with opportunities for growth and development that could result in self-sufficient living. Each family receives a furnished apartment and pays rent based on income and as determined by U.S. Housing and Urban Development standards.

“If you don’t have a place to call home and you don’t have food to put on the table, you can’t do anything else. When participants have these basic needs met, then they can work on goals,” said Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM, HMHI’s finance director.

Fortunately for Trish, who was one of our very first participants, this story has a happy ending. Do read it in its entirety on the Catholic Messenger website.

In a world filled with bad news stories, hope is a precious commodity.

We deal in hope at HMHI. You, our supporters, make hope happen.

Human trafficking –Learning the reality…and changing it

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Presenter Teresa Downing-Matibag clearly explained the sobering reality of human trafficking.

Many of us thought slavery ended a long time ago. But it did not. So, to update ourselves on the modern horror of human trafficking, HMHI invited Teresa Downing-Matibag, PhD to update us at our fall all-staff inservice day. Representing the Network against Human Trafficking, Teresa presented “Human Trafficking: Local Solutions to Global Slavery,” a presentation that informed and generated lots of discussion.

As we discussed, sharing from our own personal experience, it became increasingly evident that trafficking of persons is happening–not just somewhere far away–but in our own area, affecting our own lives. It was a sobering reality to consider, but this consideration raises awareness. Awareness and the knowledge of how to respond are effective tools in the battle to eliminate modern slavery.

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to add the End Human Trafficking in Government Contracting Act to the NDAA act of 2013, largely through the efforts of U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Conneticut and Rob Portman of Ohio who co-chair the bipartisan Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking.

Reflecting on the effort, Blumenthal stated:

“Current law prohibiting human trafficking is insufficient and ineffective, failing to prevent or punish abuses.  By increasing preventative scrutiny, investigation, and prosecution, this legislation will stop egregious human rights abuses on U.S military bases, increasing security for our troops, and preventing waste of taxpayer dollars.” 

This recent legislative move was a major boost for trafficking rights advocates. They’ve been working toward a replacement to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the United States’ main anti-trafficking law, which expired last year and has yet to be reauthorized.

Nevertheless, Teresa asserted while she instructed us that human trafficking is not an issue that will be solved merely by legislation and/or by punitive enforcement of law. We need to work toward a culture that grants dignity to all and does not allow humans to be bought and sold.

HMHI Winners collect Thanksgiving pies

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DJ and Liyah are pictured at Village Inn with their pies–prized trophies for winning the November HMHI essay contest.

What better prize can you win for a Thanksgiving essay contest than a pie compliments of Village Inn? That was the trophy take-home with which DJ and Liyah treated their families. DJ and Liyah were the winners in November’s essay contest. Their essay, entitled “Why My Family Loves to Celebrate Thanksgiving” took top honors among the  participating children from HMHI families.

HMHI thanks Village Inn, and manager Mani, for sponsoring this month’s contest prize. Everyone loves Village Inn pies, and they taste even better with you’ve earned them with your best writing!