SleepOut raises awareness of local homelessness

sleep out participants
Sleepout participants raise awareness of an important issue in the Quad Cities–homelessness.

Our sister agency, Humility of Mary Shelter, is holding its annual Night at the Shelter SleepOut tonight, October 4, at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport. The Night at the Shelter SleepOut raises awareness about homelessness in the Quad City community and raises funds to provide beds and support for homeless persons Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. serves.

The event kicks off at 4:00 pm with an evening packed with fun for the whole family. Here’s sleepouta roster of events and attractions in store for participants:

  • live music,
  • a performance by Comedy Sportz,
  • kickball tournaments,
  • food vendors,
  • Jumpin’ Joeys bounce houses,
  • an outdoor movie on the Modern Woodmen Park jumbo screen, and
  • a homelessness learning opportunity: “Trading Places, A Homeless Experience”.

Participants can compete in the “Build Your Own Shelter” contest and spend the night in their own creation.

The event concludes on Saturday with breakfast and a heartfelt closing ceremony.

General admission to this event is $10 per person with participants encouraged to solicit sponsors to support their efforts to help the homeless. The entrance fee corresponds to the cost to fund one person’s bed for one night at Humility of Mary Shelter.

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The top three SleepOut fundraisers will receive a Faithful Quilt Award. Additionally, their names will appear on next year’s event T-shirt. Visit for more information. Contributions to support HMSI are always welcome.

HMHI Fall Benefit Sale Time Approaches!

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) will hold its semi-annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale Friday evening, October 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale occurs at our office and donation center located at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport.


This sale continues a 24 year tradition of providing a large selection of gently used or new items, all individually inspected and in working condition. The array of merchandise includes house wares, bedding, toys, jewelry, gift items, furniture, books, games, clothing and so much more. Over the years, our sale is renowned for the quality of items, the great values and the friendly staff.

Our autumn sale features seasonal items, including a wide array of beautiful Christmas decor and giftware. Fall and winter clothing, including many designer label items, are available for infants, children and adults.

clothing on sale at HMHI
Gently used clothing–at a fraction of their original price–awaits you at the Fall HMHI sale.

We’re still accepting donations for this sale. Your 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. Humility of Mary Housing manages 47 apartments that are used for families in the program. We always need single beds, dressers and sofas to furnish these apartments. Donations are accepted throughout the year.

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.

HMHI’s Jazz Brunch–A news event, thanks to our sponsors!

The fourth annual New Orleans Jazz Brunch is a happy memory today, yet news of the event keeps the good work of HMHI in the forefront of the community’s awareness. Thanks to event sponsors, participants and supporters, Jazz Brunch successfully generated important funding to continue HMHI’s programming to benefit single parent families who are homeless.

2013 Jazz Brunch
A beautiful day in lovely surroundings–the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Brunch served great food and music and supported homeless families.

Quad Cities WQAD, Channel 8, covered the event with an on-site camera reporter. Their news segment is viewable right here on our website blog. Watch a short interview with Sister Mary Ann Vogel, HMHI’s Finance Director:

See the WQAD full article here: Music, Brunch Helps Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.

Sister Mary Ann Vogel and members of the Development Committee, who spearheaded the day’s organization and execution, expressed appreciation to the event’s sponsors: Community Resources Corporation, Davenport Noon Optimists, East Moline Glass, James H. Laas Co., Mel Foster Co., Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Bank, Gary Whitaker, and Service providers of SSAB Iowa, including: Automation Software & Engineering, Inc, IMS Systems, Inc, Integrated Mills Systems, United Rolls Inc, and Whemco.

Sarah Marie Young, jazz singer extraordinaire, performing Davenport September 29

Singer/songwriter Sarah Marie Young will bring her stylings of smooth jazz to HMHI’s New Orleans Jazz Brunch on September 29 at the Crow Valley Golf Club. Award winning veteran of the 2012 Chicago Jazz Festival and the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland after her 2011 Shure Vocal Competition win, Sarah Marie also earned a spot as a semifinalist in The Smithsonian Institute 2010 Monk Jazz Voice Competition.

Simply put–by Quincy Jones, no less: “The girl can sing!”

Sarah Marie Young
Back by popular demand, Sarah Marie Young will again headline HMHI’s 2013 New Orleans Jazz Brunch on September 29.

Sarah, an Indianapolis native, is a rising star. Schooled at the music school at Columbia College Chicago, she’s become known in jazz and r&b circles across the nation as the singer with the “intoxicating voice” (-Eric Schelkopf, The Total Scene). Now a staple on the Chicago jazz scene, she’s also making a name for herself at the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, The Bowery Electric, Buddy Guy’s, Schubas and Lincoln Hall.

Her newly released first full length album, “Too Many Februaries”, recorded in Switzerland, compiles Sarah’s original narrative songs. They span many styles but are united by her clear, soulful voice, and a stellar, versatile band- Stu Mindeman (Gloria Estefan), Patrick Mulcahy (Patricia Barber) and Makaya McCraven (Bobby Broom).

Sarah and her ensemble have delighted diners of all previous Jazz Brunch events. We welcome her return to Davenport, Iowa! Tickets for the September 29 event are available at our office. This event will support HMHI’s programming, benefiting single-parent families who are experiencing homelessness.

Adding enrichment to lives of our HMHI children

Promoting learning by doing, HMHI offers a highly-involved enrichment program, led by Moezella Stokes, to our participating children. May’s session–“HMHI Gardening Made Easy for Kids”–provided a chance for the children to create beauty with nature. Parents and children planted houseplants and learned new ways to upcycle common objects into container gardens. Small spaces–like apartments, windowsills and tiny balconies–are more beautiful when decorated with home-grown flowers and plants. The children love to plant and watch things grow!

container gardeners at work
Moms and children dug in and built a container garden project in May at HMHI. Moezella Stokes, program organizer, is third from left in photo and her helper, Helen Fogarty, appears second from left.

Living in a home entails learning to protect yourself in unexpected emergencies. The Davenport Fire Department taught HMHI children fire safety practices in June, using a high-tech mobile demo device they brought onsite: the mobile “Fire House.” Program children met the firemen who toured them though house the house themselves, instructing them in fire safety practices and escape methods. A follow-up fire-safety trivia game proved that the children learned the answers!

Davenport Fire Dept "Fire House" in action
In June, the Davenport Fire Department’s Fire House taught potential life-saving skills to our participating children.

Our children’s creativity sparkled in the fashion design category as July 2013 launched. Children submitted their patriotic t-shirt designs in red, white and blue. One talented winner earned a $15 dollar prize, but every entry entitled the designer to select a prize from Moezella’s prize grab bag, making everyone a winner.

This summer Moezella is leading weekly activities for our children. July’s action-focus involves the children in arts and crafts, making ice cream in a bag, enjoying movies and popcorn, and sharing favorite stories by reading aloud to others.

Enrichment at HMHI involves the whole family!

HMHI sets date for annual Jazz Brunch: September 29

Jazz Brunch
The Jazz Brunch that benefits Humility of Mary Housing program, will take place September 29 at the Crow Valley Golf Club.

Humility of Mary Housing announces the annual Jazz Brunch date: September 29. It’s an event that combines the beauty of contemporary music and a menu that celebrates the harvest season. Once again the lovely Crow Valley Golf Club will host the Jazz Brunch, showcasing the natural beauty of our Quad Cities through expansive picture windows.

The event, scheduled from 11 am until 2 pm, will again include some live auction opportunities. These exciting offerings are highly anticipated and vary from year to year. Visit the events page on our website to stay updated on this year’s auction news.

The lovely Sarah Marie Young and her ensemble, who pleased the attendees of previous brunches, will return–fresh from new career accomplishments–for our 2013 event.

Jazz Brunch tickets will be available at our office. Get your ticket and mark your calendar. Eagerly anticipate an opportunity to enjoy great company, great food and great music while simultaneously assisting those in great need in our community.

For more complete information on this year’s New Orleans Jazz Festival, visit our Events page.

An easy way to help us promote our big sale

This weekend is the sale you’ve awaited all winter! Our semi-annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale May 17-18 from 8 AM-4 PM each day features great merchandise at bargain prices. Best of all: all the proceeds benefit the participants of our housing program–children and their single parents who need a home.

Please help us advertise the sale by downloading and printing up this flier. Post it at work or on public notice boards:

Fresh Start Sale flier


It’s easy; here’s how–

Click this flier link and the flier will automatically download. When you mouse over the flier, click the “Print file” icon that appears [it looks like a printer!]:

adobe print icon

and your printer will produce a hard copy.

We really appreciate your help. The more people who know about our sale, the more they will access great bargains and contribute their support to homeless families at the same time.

Hope we’ll see you on Friday and/or Saturday. If you’re available to volunteer at the sale, please call our office. Stop in to shop and bag a wonderful bargain while helping people in need.

Fresh Start Benefit Sale: May 17-18

HMHI Benefit Sale
The annual HMHI benefit sale is May 17-18.

The semi-annual Fresh Start Sale is May 17-18. With twenty-two years of satisfied customers, the Fresh Start sale has evolved and grown through time. It now takes place at our agency headquarters at 3805 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport, Iowa [map]. Proceeds from the sale benefit Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. program participants–single parent families who are homeless.

Watch this space for information on hours of the sale. We are still accepting donations of gently used clothing, household items, furniture, small appliances, craft items, and more. Bring donations to our office during our business hours (M-F, 8 AM-4 PM). Large items may be delivered directly to the loading dock on the south side of the building. Call ahead to schedule your donation arrival if you would like assistance with the unloading process.

How to Promote the HMHI Trivia Night

trivia night flier
Use this flier to bring friends to Trivia Night and help homeless families!

We hope you’ll participate in the HMHI Trivia Night. Even better, bring a team of your friends!

It’s easy to download a flier to promote the event which will benefit homeless families on our community. Simply click the following bold print words [“Trivia 2013 Flier”] to download a flier that you can distribute and/or post: 

Trivia 2013 flyer.

It will look like the image on this page, but is sized for a full 8 x 11″ page.

If you don’t have a full team of eight people, we’ll match you with others. You can still play. We appreciate your support!

Trivia Night Raises Funds and Fun!


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.