Summer Heat Creates Need for Families without Homes

need fans, air conditioners
Apartments can be uncomfortable in summer heat. We can use help keeping our families cooler.

Summer heat arrived, and that makes life less comfortable for the families HMHI serves. Our apartments don’t have central air conditioning. So, window fans and window air conditioners are a great assistance in the heat of the summer.

Used appliances that work well are as welcome as new ones. The size of the unit isn’t really an issue. As long as the appliance can plug into a regular electrical outlet, 110 volt.

Summer Heat, Special Need

HMHI provides nearly 50 apartments in Davenport to house families experiencing homelessness. Currently, they are all full. We’re serving over 100 children who would otherwise have nowhere to live.

Life is stressful for families without roots. Heat adds to that stress. Your donation of a window air conditioner or fan will alleviate problems and add comfort to lives that circumstances have been disrupted.

With your help, we will better serve the most vulnerable children in our metropolitan area.

Donation Center Open House & Ribbon Cutting: June 17

Gertrude Vogel
Long-time volunteer and nonagenarian Gertrude Vogel’s devoted work for HMHI was recognized with a Quad City Caring Award by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend in 2012. HMHI will name the donation center in her honor on June 17.

We’re hosting an open house at our Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. offices at 3805 Mississippi Avenue here in Davenport. This special event takes place on June 17 from 4:30 to 7 pm. We’ll begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to dedicate the Fresh Start Donation Center in honor of Gertrude

clothing donations
The donation center displays merchandise attractively, like a retail store.

Vogel, one of our founding members. A wine and cheese open house will follow. HMHI supporters are invited to attend.

Twenty-five years ago, Gertrude began holding a benefit sale in the garage of her family home. The proceeds of all her work and sales went to support the HMHI program. That early vision has grown and expanded into a 12,800 sq. ft donation center that’s open year round. Donations received there support HMHI’s participant families. The Fresh Start Donation Center also hosts two benefit sales each year, in the spring and in the fall.

Gertrude Vogel celebrates her 95th birthday this summer. Still an active volunteer at HMHI, she shows how one person can change the lives of many.

Fresh Start Donation Center
Volunteers contribute hours of their time, keeping the Donation Center organized.

Our HMHI donation center receives food, clothing, furniture and accessories that help support and rebuild the lives of single parent families that have been homeless. The HMHI two-year program allows them the opportunity to live in a furnished apartment, while focusing on finishing their education or job training, stabilizing their employment, learning financial responsibility and strengthening the bond with their children. In addition, each participant has a case worker to guide them on their journey to lead independent, self-sufficient lives.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. was founded in 1990 by Sisters of the Congregation of Humility of Mary. Completing its 25th year, HMHI has served 780 families including 1,543 children.

Come join us for this celebration, dedicating Gertrude’s Fresh Start Boutique. Past participants of HMHI will also join us to participate in this special event.

The warehouse is filled with household items, displayed with care and concern. All donations assist Quad Cities families who do not have homes.

Family Night Benefits HMHI: Family Museum night counters homelessness

Family Night 2015
Bring your family and enjoy a fun evening!

Buy tickets HERE: Family Night at the Family Museum!

HMHI’s Family Night at the Family Museum engages the entire family in an evening of fun and treats that will help Quad City families experiencing homelessness. The newly renovated Family Museum in Bettendorf will open its doors for a special Friday evening session on June 12 from 5:30-7:30 PM. The evening offers participants many special opportunities. Admission is $5 for individuals and $20 for families. Members of the Family Museum attend free. Proceeds benefit Humility of Mary Housing’s housing program that serves homeless families.

Each admission includes access to the Family Museum’s newly renovated exhibits. In addition, the evening of June 12 will offer the first opportunity for the Quad City public to enjoy the Rainforest Adventure, a new traveling summer exhibit [download pdf] or visit the museum’s webpage to learn more about it. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its opening. Complementary hot dogs, chips, beverage and cookie is included in each admission, so families can enjoy an informal meal during their evening out.

In addition to the interactive exhibits at the museum, the Family Museum will provide special children’s activity tables that evening. In addition, participants will enjoy the balloon art personally created for them by Karen Habernicht. And attendees will also enjoy complementary access to the services of Cari Cooney of QC Painted Faces. It promises the public an evening full of fun, activity and enjoyment.

Museum attendance is limited, so purchase your advance tickets online and avoid disappointment. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door.

Support HMHI: Shop with Amazon Smile Program

Now you can support HMHI when you shop on without spending one penny extra! When you use the Amazon Smile program, Amazon will donate to us a percentage of your purchases’ price for products you buy at

You’ll find the exact same Amazon with the exact same prices, selection and convenience– with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to HMHI. There’s no cap on the total donation amount.

It’s simple and automatic.

When you first go to AmazonSmile you can select HMHI as your favorite charitable organization from almost a million eligible organizations – and that’s it.

Once you’ve selected HMHI on your first visit, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from any eligible purchases through AmazonSmile from that point forward, whether you shop just once or once a day. Customers can select a different charitable organization at any time, but you don’t need to add any additional information or change the way they shop.

All you need to do is remember to type into the browser on your PC, tablet or phone.

Board announces new executive director

Emily Harvey
Emily Harvey, LMSW

The board of directors of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) has announced that Emily Harvey, LMSW, will serve as the agency’s new executive director. Because this position is a post in shared administration with Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. (HMSI), Harvey will also assume the executive director position in that agency as well. Her position will begin on June 1, 2015.

Ms. Harvey, who has been director of social services for The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities will, in coordination with the boards of HMHI and HMSI, be responsible for the provision of support services to persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Quad Cities and its surrounding areas, in conformity with the mission of each organization.

Sister Johanna Rickl, CHM, a member of the internal search committee, commented on the board’s choice:

“Emily brings a wonderful background of education and experience. With that, plus her passion for our mission,  we are confident that she will work effectively with our fine staff and be a positive addition to  both agencies.”

Before joining HMSI and HMHI, Ms. Harvey was director of social services for The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities, managing many aspects of the non-profit agency, including the Emergency Shelter Program, Transitional Housing Program and Emergency Disaster Services Programs. She has worked with HUD funding regulations, fair housing requirements, Housing First initiatives and other executive level management areas.

She is also adjunct faculty at St. Ambrose University school of social work teaching social welfare policy classes to graduate level students.

Ms. Harvey has a master’s degree in social work from St. Ambrose University, a bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Marshalltown Community College.

Thanks for a great Spring 2015 Fresh Start Benefit Sale!

Fresh Start Spring 2015
Shoppers purchased a record amount of merchandise at our Fresh Start Spring Sale.

We’re still crunching numbers, but thanks to all of you we are on a record pace as we total the numbers from our Fresh Start Benefit Sale 2015! Your support and patronage allow us to lift up and empower single parents who are on the path to lead a self-sufficient, productive life for themselves and their children.

Thanks to our generous donors, we had lots of merchandise to offer the public. It’s believed that this was our largest sale since we moved the Fresh Start Sale from its venue at the fairgrounds to our own office warehouse area.

Volunteers at HMHI logged 364.75 total hours of contributed assistance from March 20 through the end of the sale on Saturday. We could not handle an event of this magnitude without all that loyal support. Many of our volunteers work year after year, and all year around, to help us prepare for our seasonal sales. Our part-time workers through the AARP work program, coupled with full-time volunteers, contributed 143 hours during the sale week.

We also appreciate HyVee on East Kimberly for loaning us shopping carts and baskets for our Fresh Start patrons’ use. Our neighbors, Colonial Dental Studio and Jeanelle at Davenport Guns, were generous with their parking spaces for shoppers’ cars!

We appreciate everyone who helps us provide programming to families experiencing homelessness in the Quad Cities. This sale gives a second chance to merchandise that’s no longer needed. And the benefits of the sale give a fresh start to families in need. It’s a win-win for the Quad Cities. And, we appreciate everyone who makes it possible.

1st day of sale April 2015
Customers were lined up to be the first to shop on Day 1 of our Spring Fresh Start Sale.

The items we sold were donated over the last six months. Limits of space and time prevent us from retaining everything that’s donated until our program participants can utilize them. The sale allows us turn those assets into dollars that purchase goods and services needed to help our participant families. And, our donors appreciate that we’re employing Best Use Practices, deriving greatest value from their contributions.

Hope we’ll see you again in the fall! Our Fall Fresh Start Sale is September 24-25. We’re happy to receive your gently used, quality donations to help our program continue to assist families experiencing homeless in our community. Bring them to our office during our business hours. If you need some help, let us know. Thanks for your support.

April 2015 sale thanks


Fresh Start Sale for Spring 2015! April 24 & 25, 8am to 4pm

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The spring sale that you love is approaching! This spring’s Fresh Start Benefit Sale features many new items and also good used items. These include furniture, household items, bedding, toys, books, dishes, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, gift items, craft and hobby supplies, clothing, small electrical appliances and LOTS of miscellaneous. Our sale fills an entire hall, and our prices are marked to send the merchandise flying out the doors. Each item on the sale has been individually inspected and cleared by our quality control team.

The sale is held indoors at our donation center at 3805 Mississippi Ave. in Davenport, IA. Rain or shine, you’ll shop in comfort. Count on our friendly volunteers; we’ll assist you.

Donations are still most welcome and can be dropped off at our office and donation center at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 17. We ask that all items be clean and in working order.

Fresh Start Benefit Sale

Proceeds from the Fresh Start Benefit Sale will support programming and services for Quad Cities community families that are experiencing homelessness. Our program served 140 children and their 73 parents during our last year of operations. Because we serve two generations, we know that we’re breaking the cycle of homelessness for future residents of the QCA.


Cash and Master Card/Visa accepted.

DOORS OPEN AT 8 A.M. each day.

We’ll see you at the Fresh Start Sale for Spring 2015.

Granite City Food & Brewery pledges HMHI 20% on Feb. 23

dine to donate flier
Using this flier to purchase food at Granite City Food & Brewery on Feb. 23 will automatically donate 20% of your tab to HMHI! That’s a most appreciated tip for us!

Granite City Food & Brewery in Davenport, IA promises their patrons on February 23 that they’ll donate to HMHI 20% of every tab that’s paid accompanied by the flier on this page. Brighten up your your Monday with a trip to Granite City, and you’ll also add the light of hope to families experiencing homelessness here in the Quad Cities.

All food that day–even take out orders–are eligible for this fundraiser. Treat yourself, treat your family, and simultaneously help others who are suffering.

Granite City Food & Brewery

They’re open Monday, February 23 from 11 AM – 12PM. They’re serving a 
Full Menu until 11PM and Drinks until Midnight.

Remember to print out the flier accompanying this post, or stop by our offices and we’ll happily provide you with one. Fliers, however, may not be distributed on site at Granite City that day. Click the link to download a flier that you can print and share: Humility of Mary flyer 20% D2D (1) pdf.

We hope to see you at 5270 Utica Ridge Rd. in Davenport, IA [Map] on February 23, enjoying some delicious food and helping others as the same time.

dine to donate at Granite City

Fun Night at Michael’s Fun World: Benefit HMHI…and have fun!

Michael's Fun World Nite
Have fun and help HMHI’s program on February 21!

A fun night at Michael’s Fun World will offer a break from the winter blues for Quad City residents who are of legal age (21+) on February 21 from 7-10 pm. Small snacks will be provided for all participants with other concessions available for purchase. Bring your own beverages.

A $20 donation in advance secures your admission; tickets are available at the door for $25. Advance tickets are available here on our website or at our office [call 563/326-1330]. Proceeds of the event will benefit the programming of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. and the single parent families experiencing homelessness whom we serve here in the Quad Cities. Your good time will help others.

Fun Night Activities

Michael’s Fun World offers go-karts, batting cages, lazer tag games, rock climbing, arcade games, bowlingo, a jungle zone, a gravity zone, and mini-golf. Friendly competition among friends, meeting new people, helping others…expect all this to combat winter blues and uplift our community by combating homelessness too. You deserve to have as much fun as your kids!

Michael’s Fun World is located at 354 West 76th Street, Davenport, IA 52806 [MAP], next to the Steeplegate Inn. Organize your friends to have an evening out for a good cause. We’ll be ready for you.

HMHI challenges supporters to match Kehl gift

Local governmental and business leaders joined Humility of Mary Housing to challenge supporters to match a major gift.  Bobby Kehl, of Kehl Management, has personally pledged to contribute $50,000 a year for Humility of Mary Housing for the coming five years, a total of $250,000. With Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, Kehl joined Julie Bockenstedt, HMHI Executive Director, to call upon the public to match the Kehl donation over the coming five years.

Matching the Kehl Gift

HMHI hopes to inspire and challenge Quad City citizens and businesses to match the Kehl donation each year with new and increased donations.

“Donations from the community are incredibly important,” emphasized HMHI executive director Julie Bockenstedt.

“The grant funding is unpredictable now. It is also shrinking and so we depend on the community to help with the good work we are doing and helping people who are homeless quickly move into permanent housing.”

Coalition of Community Concern

Bobby Kehl, Kehl Management, and Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba

Mayor Bill Gluba directly invited Kehl to consider the generous pledge by personally touring him through various agencies that assist people experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty in Davenport, including HMHI. Bobby Kehl responded in keeping with the tradition of his family, citing the example of his parents Bob and Ruth who always made giving a top priority.

“Their legacy includes not only the partnerships they have with nonprofits across the state, but also the Kehl Diabetes Center of Unitypoint Health-Finley and the Robert & Ruth Kehl Center at Clarke University [of Dubuque, IA],” stated Kehl.

Kehl expressed his hopes for the success of the HMHI campaign:

Of course, one donation can only go so far. We’re excited about this challenge and the opportunity for you to do even more for the community. On behalf of my entire family, we wish you the best of luck in reaching your goal.

Responding to the Kehl Gift Challenge

Donations to the challenge can be made on this website, using the DONATE NOW button, or by check to HMHI’s office. Donation increases from current supporters and all donations from new supporters will count toward fulfilling the donation challenge.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. values its partnership with community leaders and members. By providing essential services to the most vulnerable in the Quad Cities, we build a stronger future. Your support makes that possible.