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.


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

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.


New Orleans Jazz Brunch: September 20 HMHI Benefit

2015 Jazz Brunch
The 6th Annual New Orleans Jazz Brunch  *  Sunday, September 20  *  Crow Valley Golf Club  *     Let the good times roll!   *  11 AM to 2 PM

HMHI is pleased to host the 6th annual New Orleans Jazz Brunch on September 20 this year from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Once again, the Crow Valley Golf Club will provide a setting of enjoyable elegance.

In its sixth year of bountiful and delicious food, the brunch is bathed in the sounds of smooth live jazz. The seasoned sounds of the Margaret Murphy Quartet from Chicago will entertain diners. Surrounded by the landscaped perfection of the panoramic views from the picture window banquet room, the event delights all the senses.

The brunch buffet features fresh, seasonal food and New Orleans-inspired menu offerings. The meal includes a complementary mimosa or glass of champagne.

Tickets are again $75 per person, with all proceeds from the event going to benefit the programming that assists single-parent families in the Quad Cities that are experiencing homelessness. Contact the Humility of Mary Housing office for tickets to the event.

The program will include a live auction of special items and the witness of life transformed when HMHI’s opportunity combines with a family’s effort to break out of poverty. This year’s Jazz Brunch will honor Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM, a woman who contributed to HMHI’s inception and whose ongoing support and commitment has made this agency a success for 25 years.

We are grateful for the support of our 2015 New Orleans Jazz Brunch Sponsors:

Community Resources Corporation, Davenport IA


Wells Fargo logo


Sedona Group Logo


Quad City Bank & Trust


Davenport Noon Optimists


East Moline Glass Company


James Laas Company


Mel Foster Co.


Merrill Lynch


Southeast National Bank

1 Very good reason we support two generations of Quad Cities citizens

You never know how the events in a child’s life will shape his future. Sister Mary Ann Vogel, one of the founders of HMHI, always states that we support two generations at once. While we are helping the parent, we are creating positive influence in the lives of the children.

A perfect example of this took place today in history; July 17, 1955 was the opening day of Disneyland, the brainchild of Walt Disney. He has brought joy to the world through his cartoons, movies and theme parks.

Walt Disney
Walt Disney (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Walt is the son of Elias Disney, who was a construction worker for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the first United States World’s Fair. Watching his father work on the creation of a wonderful city for the public may well have been the source of inspiration for the later creation of Disneyland. Author Erik Larson cites this as a source of inspiration for Walt in his book, Devil in the White City.

Elias was a farmer most of his life, but the growing depression spurred him into a new field, construction. Son Walt saw the imaginary city that was created for the World’s Fair and later created a dynasty far beyond the dreams of anyone to date.

We Support Two Generations

Who knows how we influence the next generation? We do know this. By helping keep families off the street and in homes, the children are in stable environments and have access to schools, activities and hopefully are free to discover all that life has for them. Will another great like Walt Disney one day say they can attribute their beginnings to their stay with HMHI? Who knows, but for now, we know that every day is a chance for greatness to spring forth.

A Reflection on Anne Frank, the Quad Cities and Homelessness

Anne Frank
Anne Frank

Today in history….Anne Frank and her family went into hiding. They lived for two years in a secret room inside a warehouse before being discovered and sent to concentration camps. Her diary was found two years after her death and published.

Anne and her family fled and hid to avoid the horrible events of life. Anne’s parents did what they could to protect those children. In the same way our participant parents are doing things to protect their children. In one case a mother reported that as she watched her children duck under the beds when shooting started in the street outside, she knew in that instance that she had to move, to get her children out of there.

When life around us can’t be controlled, powerful forces sometimes push us into unpleasant circumstances. At HMHI, we help catch families who are forced to flee and start over. We offer housing and support for families in crisis.

​It was late in World War II that America started to hear about the concentration camps; we didn’t know the horrors that existed for the victims of Hitler until it was too late for most. But communications keep us more informed now. We can all see that many are experiencing homeless around us. We can’t say that we don’t know.

Because we do know.

Homelessness actually affects all of us. It affects business, tourism, and it increases costs to the state that are passed on to taxpayers. But, most importantly, homelessness affects our spirit: individually as a city, as the Quad Cities, as a state and as a nation.

HMHI is here at work in the Quad Cities Area to help those in need. With your help every day we are able to house, clothe and feed these families in crisis. Each family has two years, not in a secret room, yet sheltered from the world, to rebuild their lives, to gain education and employment. Two years to regain their purpose and sense of self. With your help we are getting these families back on track, we rejoice when each family leaves us for we know our work is done.

Thank you for continuing to help support our families.

Birdies for Charity Boosts HMHI–Chip in!

Chip in for HMHI

As John Deere Classic time approaches, we’re participate once again in the tournament’s Birdies for Charity fundraising pledge program. Every penny of your Birdies for Charity pledge to Humility of Mary Housing will benefit our program to assist single-parent families who are working hard to escape homelessness. In addition, your contribution raises our total and qualifies HMHI to receive a larger second check from tournament profits.

Birdies for Charity sign up
Use an official Birdies for Charity form, available at HMHI, so your pledge will help our families escape homelessness.

Birdies for Charity makes donating enjoyable. By participating you’re eligible to win hundreds of prizes donated by the tournament sponsors. This year’s Grand Prize, for instance, is a two year lease on a 2015 Lexus NX. And, there are many others, like:

  • A John Deere riding mower
  • A John Deere Classic teemarker signed by the 2015 John Deere Classic champion
  • $500 credit to be used at any local John Deere dealership

You can choose to make a one-time donation or pledge a given amount for each birdie made during the golf tournament. All pledges must be made on an official pledge card you we can provide for you. Call the office [563/326-1330] so we can get it to you or stop in and pick it up. Complete the card and submit it. Birdies extends through the John Deere Classic, July 6-12, 2015. Enjoy the fun.

You’ll watch the tournament with even greater interest. And, win or lose, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped a great cause. When you assist us at HMHI you’re helping two generations of Quad Cities citizens regain homes and strength to contribute to a better society.