Krispy Kreme doughnuts for sale at HMHI, September 26

Krispy Kreme
Purchase Krispy Kreme donuts at HMHI on Saturday, September 26.

You can buy Krispy Kreme doughnuts at HMHI on Saturday, September 26 during the Fresh Start Benefit Sale. Sales will begin at 8 am and last until we’ve sold all the doughnuts. This gives you the opportunity to purchase genuine, fresh Krispy Kreme’s locally.

A box of a dozen doughnuts costs $8.00.

Pre-order now and pick up fresh at the sale! Call 563-326-1330 to place your orders!

The Fresh Start Benefit Sale will run Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, but the doughnut sales are only on Saturday. While you are on site to pick up your doughnuts, you can take advantage of the tremendous sales on new and gently used items at the Fresh Start Sale.

All proceeds from doughnut sales as well as from the Fresh Start Benefit Sale will assist local single parent families that are experiencing homelessness.

Autumn Reflections on Working to Alleviate Homelessness

autumn bermAutumn brings familiar seasonal changes, leading us to reflect on our lives. At HMHI, we also reflect on our work. Autumn reminds us of how important is this work that you, our supporters, empower us to do.

Autumn begins in September, the month we recall 9/11/2001 and the horrors and sorrow that the U.S. experienced as a nation in the aftermath of an attack. We did not provoke that attack; rather, we were living our lives and were attacked suddenly and without warning.

That event was completely out of our control. For many the domino affect must have been overwhelming and devastating.

This is the nightmare of a person living as homeless. Through no fault of their own–and sometimes without warning–they find themselves in a desperate situation. You see, not all homeless situations are caused by drug or alcohol abuse or gambling addictions. Homeless situations arise from:

  • fire,
  • death of a spouse,
  • catastrophic illness,
  • accident,
  • abuse or
  • divorce.

In some cases homelessness can happen in an instant. Life changes abruptly and will never be the same. Without a home, parents are left scrambling. They don’t know what they’ll do, how they’ll survive. They don’t know how to protect their children and carry on.

gloomy clouds
Overcast days reflect the dismal situations facing families suffering homelessness.

Homelessness happens to people who’ve never before needed assistance services. They don’t know the support system or how to access it. In many cases they are embarrassed. They never imagined they’d be in this situation.

Our hearts break for these families. It’s a “there but by the Grace of God go I” scenario.  Because, any of us could face this possibility.

Can you imagine working hard all your life only, for instance, to lose it all due to an auto accident?

Recovery exhausts your savings. Your employment replaced you. You have no job and more bills than you can handle. The bank is foreclosing. You and your children will be homeless. 

Can you imagine telling your children the night before your home is seized that tomorrow everyone will sleep in the car? Can you imagine swallowing fear as you try to appear positive so your children aren’t afraid?

This happens here in the Quad Cities. So, at HMHI we provide a home for single parents with children

  • who must struggle to keep their families together,
  • who want to retain custody of their children,
  • who need to keep their children fed, clothed and in school during crisis.
autumn apartment
Stability for a family suffering homelessness: donated items decorate their apartment home for the autumn season.

Our generous donors bring us usable household items, and we’re able to provide a furnished apartment. Our parents can “shop” for free in Gertrude’s Boutique for items they need to make their new apartment a home and haven.

We also give parents the opportunity to increase their education and job skills, while gaining stability. In this process we also help their children. New positive memories and sweet sleep replace their nightmares. Children’s schooling stabilizes. They can continue to achieve their goals.

Autumn, a time of harvest, reminds us of that most important mission here at HMHI.  With your help, we give parents and children the opportunity to again dare to dream and achieve. Thank you for making that happen!

fall reflections

Jazz Brunch 2015 Honors Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM

Sister Mary Ann Vogel
Jazz Brunch 2015 will honor Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM for her outstanding contributions to the success of the nonprofit agency.

Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM would never claim the title “Founder” of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., but she helped birth the agency. And, she has served in a wide variety of roles throughout the agency’s twenty-five year history. On Sunday, September 20, HMHI will honor Sister Mary Ann for her contributions throughout the years at the sixth annual benefit Jazz Brunch.

During the 1980’s, Sister Mary Ann participated in the original “Dream Team,” with other members of the Congregation of Humility of Mary. For three years, the group explored unmet needs in the Quad Cities. They learned that the greatest need was affordable housing, particularly for the elderly and for single parents. The sisters chose to focus on single parents who were homeless. From the start, their goal was to create change in those parents’ lives.

“We’re serving two generations at once,” Sister Mary Ann is fond of saying. Ask her to explain, and she’ll tell you about Connie, HMHI’s first participant in 1990. Connie was beginning her senior year at St Ambrose University and had just given birth to a baby girl but had no place to live. Connie finished her degree, eventually married and had two other children. Today, she’s employed in management at ALCOA.

foundationEven better: that baby girl who came with Connie 25 years ago eventually graduated from college with honors herself. She now teaches at an inner city Head Start program, and she purchased her first home last year. Connie credits Humility of Mary Housing for their family’s success, saying, “This program not only gave us a roof over our heads but the foundation under our feet upon which we build the rest of our lives.” Those words are painted on HMHI’s office walls.

HMHI leaders cut ribbon on new offices
Sister Mary Ann Vogel (2nd from left) helped cut the ribbon on HMHI’s current office building in 2011.

Sister Mary Ann has contributed in several important roles at HMHI. She served as a site manager at a building complex for single parents recovering from addictions. There, she lived among the families to provide extra support and stability as they strove toward housing security. For years, she volunteered to provide childcare for the program’s children while their parents attended group meetings. She served as HMHI’s Finance Director for 15 years, relinquishing that title only recently, while still offering support to the Finance Department. She served on the agency’s initial Board of Directors, and she coordinated agency volunteers. Sister Mary Ann also convened and headed HMHI’s Development Committee.

Mary Ann Vogel, CHM
Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM has served as Master of Ceremonies for previous Jazz Brunch events (2014 photo).

It was an easy decision to single her out for recognition at the Jazz Brunch, according to Sandi Burrichter. “Sister Mary Ann and the “Dream Team”–along with the other sisters of the Congregation of Humility of Mary order–sought and undertook a project that would serve a need in the Quad Cities. They decided to assist and empower single parents and their children while the family worked toward goals that would enable them to live independent, self-sufficient lives. The end result was Humility of Mary Housing.”

Sister Mary Ann never wavered in this commitment. Sandi continued:

“She has made Humility of Mary Housing her mission for the past 25 years–leading the agency and staff to provide immediate, vital assistance directly to homeless, single parents.”

Reservations for the Jazz Brunch may be made by contacting the Humility of Mary Housing office at 563/326-1330.

Extern Thanks HMHI and Warms Our Hearts

rose of thanks
A letter of thanks from a student who worked with us this summer has warmed our hearts.

We’re so touched by the letter of thanks we received from Jazz, one the the summer externs from Brown Mackie College, as he completed his service with us. It means so much to us, that we wanted to share some excerpts from it with you, too.

Dear HMHI,

When I first started the externship, I didn’t have any expectations. I used to think about “charitable entities” or “non-profits” like many skeptics do: “What’s in it for them?” When I allowed myself to get to know some of you I feel as if I’ve learned more about the cause, help, faith, and myself than I predicted. I have been moved by the work that you all do in such a way that my daughter and I will forever look forward to bringing donations here.

This is a place many would be lucky to know, and I feel proud to be a part of. [Staff names] have this constant genuine approach to caring about the people they come in contact with, and I’ve never felt that. [Name]’s work ethic makes people want to work harder, while [name] and all of the volunteers have this never ending sense of purpose and have always made me feel like God moved with grace and mercy in this building.

Love,

Jazz

We’re grateful to Jazz, for sharing his talents and personality with us. We look forward to his return, and we really appreciate this beautiful letter. We hope it will encourage other people to volunteer here, to drop donations to us or just to stop by and learn more. We welcome visitors to our offices. And, when they come, we hope that they’ll feel our sense of purpose as well as God’s grace and mercy, too.

[Editor’s note: Jazz mentioned many staff members by name. In the interests of brevity, we omitted several. So, we omitted all the names, in order not to appear to favor any of the staff.]

HMHI Volunteers accomplish agency work, assist struggling families

Brown Mackie extern
Charles, an IT extern from Brown Mackie College, assisted us by mapping our intranet, inventorying our tech equipment and updating and rehabbing our computers.

This summer we were been blessed with the services of  three externs from Brown Mackie College. Each of these men completed 120 hours of service as a requirement of graduation. We used the skills and talents of two externs in business and one IT extern. So, we received 360 hours of help! We hope to continue to work with Brown Mackie College in the future.

St. Ambrose University Urban Plunge
St. Ambrose University Urban Plunge participants helped us with landscaping at the agency offices–something we’d never have the opportunity to do. Our time is dedicated to the families we serve.

In addition, since July we’ve hosted four volunteer teams at our properties around Davenport. These groups have mowed, weeded, trimmed bushes and stained porch rails and decking. Each property has improved in appearance. We are very grateful because this work is beyond the scope of our staff’s time to accomplish. We appreciate the services of the Augustana Leadership Team,  McGladry Team, a team from John Deere and the students from St. Ambrose participating in the Urban Plunge!

The United Way Day of Caring will take place in two weeks. HMHI will host 97 volunteers, in 4 teams.  Two teams come to us from John Deere, another from QCR Holdings, and another team from Midland Information Resources. If the weather permits, we will be painting and staining at the remaining properties. This boosts our efforts to have every property winterized and ready for upcoming cold weather.

We don’t ever forget that there are countless others who volunteer weekly at HMHI. Some help in the donation center, others assist with data entry and bookkeeping, others help with the maintenance staff.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering, contact our volunteer director, Patti, at HMHI.

Fall Fresh Start Sale is September 25-26 at HMHI

Fall Fresh Start Sale
The Semi-annual FALL Fresh Start Sale at Humility of Mary Housing is September 25-26 from 8 AM to 4 PM each day.

The FALL Semi-annual Fresh Start Sale takes place Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, from 8 AM to 4 PM each day at Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. Gently-used and new items await in Gertrude’s Boutique at 3805 Mississippi Avenue.

An entire warehouse is filled with furniture, household goods, bedding, toys, books, dishes, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, gift items, and holiday specials. There’s clothing for men, women, children of all ages and infants. ALL children’s clothing items are just 50¢.

A clearance on our summer clothing means all sleeveless shirts, tank tops, capris, shorts and swimwear are marked 50¢.

Cash, MasterCard and Visa are accepted as payment.

We’re featuring two dining room sets, a leather couch and two matching leather recliners, and three chandeliers among the quality used furniture. A home electric organ, with two keyboards, is yours for just $50.

Pre-order Krispy Kreme donuts before the sale, and pick them up for your convenience. A box of a dozen costs $8. Call Patti at 563/326-1330, ext 105.

Support the Fresh Start Sale

Volunteers to assist with the sale operation are most welcome! Call the office to sign up: 563/326-1330, ext 105. This volunteer opportunity is open to men, women and high school students. Donations of quality items that are clean and in working order are welcome through September 17. Drop items during office hours Monday through Friday, from 8 AM until 4 PM. (No after hours drop offs, please.)

Jazz Brunch 2015 Announces Live Auction Items

2015 Jazz BrunchThe live auction of high-ticket items sparks excitement during each annual Jazz Brunch. The committee just announced this year’s major offerings for the auction block at the New Orleans Jazz Brunch 2015. There’ll be four items up for the bid this time at our sixth annual event.

The event will, of course, include live music from Chicago’s Margaret Murphy-Webb Quartet. A complete brunch at the beautiful Crow Valley Golf Club will feature fresh, seasonal food in a menu with a New Orleans accent. Each attendee may choose a complementary champagne, mimosa or Bloody Mary. The event will honor Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM, an important person in the lives of thousands of persons Humility of Mary Housing has served throughout a 25 year history.

This year’s live auction deluxe offerings are:

chef dominic riveraChef Dominic Rivera’s three-course dinner for six, served in the buyer’s home at a mutually agreeable date. [Beverages provided by host.] Rivera’s food is rooted in French and Italian cuisine, which he learned at the Southeastern Academy of Culinary Arts in Florida, with Spanish and Mexican accents, along with some Asian flavors. He’s influenced by his continuous training at seminars with other chefs from Chicago and New York City.


Chef James SteffenWorld-class Chef James Steffen of Crow Valley Golf Club will host your dinner for ten guests at Crow Valley’s beautiful dining room on a mutually agreeable date. Steffen’s wide range of menu choices delights the palate and recognizes the health component of fine dining.

Chef James graduated valedictorian of Chicago’s Washburne Chef’s Academy.


river bandits suite guests

There’s no more elegant way to entertain guests and make a lasting impression on your friends than by treating them to a River Bandits game in a private suite high atop Modern Woodmen Park in downtown Davenport!

This auction item admits the purchaser to the use of a private River Bandits Suite during the 2016 season, with up to 16 admission tickets, for any homegame scheduled Monday-Wednesday. [Food, beverage and amusement activities, not included]


The fourth auction item provides the use of a privately owned 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo crist co condooverlooking Lake Dillon in Colorado. The condo sleeps 6 comfortably. It’s located less than five minutes to downtown Frisco and downtown DIllon.

A bike path runs directly across the street from the condo. The condo is located within 30 minutes of ski resorts:  Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Vail. See their Facebook page for more information and photos! (Transportation to Colorado not included.)


Good luck, Bidders! You’ve got some wonderful experiences awaiting! Tickets to the 2015 Jazz Brunch, a benefit event for Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., are available at our office.

Margaret Murphy-Webb headlines 2015 New Orleans Jazz Brunch

Margaret Murphy-Webb
With a vocal style some compare to Billie Holiday, Margaret Murphy-Webb and her quartet are ready to entertain attendees of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz Brunch.

Margaret Murphy-Webb will perform her soulful, smooth jazz stylings at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz Brunch, a benefit event for Humility of Mary Housing. Attendees are in for a treat! Margaret has performed throughout the United States and Europe for over 30 years. Currently, she fronts her own jazz and blues ensemble with her husband, the talented bassist, Chuck Webb. She’s also lead singer with the popular Charlie Johnson Quartet.

Margaret performed for President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. In 2013, Margaret debuted in Paris at the popular Le Baise Sale. Margaret Murphy-Webb was featured for a six month stint at the legendary Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel. She’s opened for jazz pianists Joe Sample and Chick Corea, jazz great Milt Treiner, and the legendary Tower of Power, among others. Margaret’s voice is featured on the soundtrack of the motion picture Pieces of a Dream.

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Murphy-Webb

Margaret Murphy-Webb credits the tutelage of renowned tenor saxophonist Von Freeman for helping her develop a unique vocal style. Freeman once claimed that “from the moment she steps onto the stage, she has the audience enraptured.” With him, Margaret performed at both the Chicago Jazz Festival and Taste of Chicago. She also appeared with Grammy award-nominated blues band Mississippi Heat at the Chicago Blues Festival. Now, Margaret’s band is a favorite at the famous Navy Pier Beer Garden Music Stage. A Chicago native, she’s worked across the years in just about every live music room in the metro area.

In 2007, Independent Radio awarded her for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” on her debut solo album, “In Full Bloom.” Margaret also earned RadioIndy Gold Artist recognition for outstanding vocals on a jazz CD.

Margaret Murphy-Webb, the Person

"JazzCop"
Murphy-Webb As “JazzCop”

Sometimes affectionately termed the “JazzCop” among her musical family, Margaret also has over 20 years of experience on the Chicago police force. Her website proudly proclaims her a breast cancer survivor.

A graduate of Chicago State University with a BM in Vocal Performance, Margaret values nurturing and educating aspiring jazz musicians. In 2012, Margaret partnered in the production of the Tuesday Night Jazz Jam Revival. This weekly free venue networks musicians, students and music lovers of the Chicago area. A founder of the new South Side Jazz Coalition, Margaret continues the legacy of Von Freeman whose South Side jam sessions educated musicians for over 35 years.

This 2015 New Orleans Jazz Brunch performance is a return trip to the Quad Cities for Margaret Murphy-Webb, who performed at the 2014 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Enjoy a sampling from her performance at that event in this video segment:

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz Brunch is delighted to bring Margaret Murphy-Webb back to the Quad Cities. Be prepared for a powerful performance. Tickets, which include the Margaret Murphy-Webb Quartet performance, a complete brunch and a complementary champagne or mimosa, are $75 and are available at the Humility of Mary Housing office.

Aspiring nurse seeks support

an aspiring nurse's school needs
We’re turning to the public for assistance so that one of our moms can learn to become a nurse. Donate to help!

mission accomplishedUPDATE August 20, 2015: THE GOAL IS MET! Thank you, HMHI Supporters, for providing the support that will allow this woman to start school with the materials she needs to succeed! WE ARE GRATEFUL TO YOU! No further donations are needed for this drive. However, you’re always welcome to contribute to continue our program, using the Donate Now button on this website.


One of our exemplary participants has earned a Pell Grant and secured her acceptance into nursing classes at Eastern Iowa Community College. She’s cleared some major challenges! Now, we’re asking for your assistance to help her purchase her back-to-school needs so she can take her place alongside other future nurses for the Quad Cities.

The nursing program requires students to come with equipment, a list that totals almost $650 worth of supplies. This includes a daunting list of essentials, including:

  • uniforms–tops  24.98 x 2   pants  20.78 x 2
  • lab coats  24.96 x 2
  • shoes–139.98

Many of the items specified for purchase need to be a particular brand or type, which minimizes the likelihood of finding those items in a good, used condition.

In an incredible effort, she has saved and also solicited help from her family and friends, and raised the majority of money needed. But we can’t expect the impossible from an individual woman who is battling homelessness. Helping her back to school is an investment in a brighter future for her family and for our community, too.

For this reason, we’re turning to our supporters–and to all Quad Cities residents who are counting on healing professionals to care for them on into the future. We are asking for free-will donations for this woman. She’s working hard to escape homelessness by securing a career that will support her and her family. She’s earned our support and respect.

Nurse Supplies, Nursing School Fund

If you’re able to contribute to her special back-to-school fund, please make your check payable to Humility of Mary Housing and designate “Nursing School” in the memo line. Checks received with this designation will go to our participant’s back-to-school fund. You can also contribute online by using the Donate Now button and attaching the “Nursing School” special instructions to HMHI when on the PayPal donation page. Call our office if you have any questions.

Thank you for considering this special request! With your help, we are creating a brighter future for the Quad Cities–one family at a time.

HMHI’s First Mini-Sale: August 4

mini sale august 4

Thanks to our generous donors, we’re opening the doors of Gertrude’s Fresh Start Boutique for a Mini-Sale on August 4. It’s a FLASH sale, with hours limited from 10 AM until 2 PM only.

This is the first time we’ve offered this shopping opportunity in our office building at 3805 Mississippi in Davenport. It will help us pave the way for our Semi-annual Fall Fresh Start Sale which is already scheduled for September 25-26 from 8 AM-4 PM each day.

Mini-sale Items

Take advantage of this chance to prepare for back-to-school, to outfit dorm rooms and to augment your wardrobe for autumn. We’ll offer everything in our warehouse for sale, including furniture, craft items, small electrics, gift items, and clothing for men, women, children and infants.

As with all of our sales, each item we offer has been individually tested and approved for sale. We receive the finest of gently used items that generous families share with our participating families. Those families experiencing homelessness have the opportunity to receive items to furnish and equip their apartments at no cost to them.

All of the proceeds from these sales also benefit the participating families. Our sales help finance the programming and operational costs of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. When you shop here–whether it is at the Mini-sale or at a regularly scheduled Semi-annual Fresh Start Sale–you acquire quality merchandise at a fraction of it’s original price. And, at the same, you assist families experiencing homelessness in the Quad Cities.

Mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you for our Mini-Sale! If you have any questions, ask in the comments or call our office.