Humility of Mary Housing to Merge with Humility of Mary Shelter

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Humility of Mary Housing is set to merge with Humility of Mary Shelter, forming a new agency.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. and Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. are merging.  The goal is to fully integrate operations of both organizations by July 1, 2018. Combined, Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. and Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. have worked to secure safe, stable housing for 5,952 adults and 2,442 children .

With the decision to merge, the Board of Directors of both agencies remain committed to the social justice principles on which the Congregation of the Humility of Mary sisters established both organizations.

In December 2016, members of both agency Boards established a unified board. A Transition Team consisting of Board members and staff began to work with consultants Patricia Shea and Chuck Roberson to identify key issues related to the merger process.

In August 2017, the Unified Board signed a two-year contract with Mission + Strategy, a Chicago-based consulting firm specializing in mergers and consolidations of human services organizations. 

Agencies’ Histories

In 1987, Sisters of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary met with community leaders and residents to discuss pressing social justice issues and community needs. This group considered the need for more housing opportunities for the very poor and homeless. On October 7, 1989, the Sisters organized a Quad City pilgrimage to Washington, DC to participate in the National March to End Homelessness. They joined tens of thousands, marching to protest the shortage of decent, affordable housing. 

The Sisters returned to Davenport intent upon making a difference in the Quad Cities. A year later they established Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. Over the years it grew, providing housing and services to single parent families.

Almost 20 years later, in 2008, residents of Davenport learned the John Lewis Shelter needed significant building improvements and faced steep financial problems. Without an operator, the shelter would close within 30 days. Following an urgent community-wide meeting of local stakeholders, the Sisters considered a possible role. With the promise of Quad City financial support, the Congregation formed a new corporation. Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. opened on September 21, 2008. With the help of supporters and donors from the Quad City area and across the country, it has remained open every day since!

Agency leaders are confident that the merger builds upon the foundation of the 1989 pilgrimage to Washington, DC and all subsequent work and progress. The struggle to provide decent, safe and affordable housing continues.

 

Jazz Brunch 2017 Benefit: An event you’ll remember!

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Enjoy music, great food and a beautiful environment on Sunday, September 24 at our benefit Jazz Brunch.

Join us for our eighth annual Jazz Brunch at the Jazz Bistro benefit event. It takes place on Sunday, September 24 at the Crow Valley Golf Club from 11 AM until 2 PM. Margaret Murphy and her friends from Chicago will provide jazz stylings, creating the musical backdrop for a beautiful environment.

Tickets are $75 and are available at Humility of Mary Housing [563 326-1330]. Reservations are appreciated by September 15 with checks payable to Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. or credit card information. Table sizes range from 4 to 10. Include with your reservation the names of those with whom you’d like to be seated. Table sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact John De Taeye for more information [jdetaeye@humilityofmaryhousing.com].

Jazz Brunch 2017

This year’s event celebrates the 26 years that HMHI has assisted 1087 single-parents and their 1,644 children who were experiencing homelessness transition to self-sufficiency.

The Jazz Brunch 2017 is hosted by HMHI supporters Amy Allen, Amy Christ, Thad DenHartog, John DeTaeye, Jane Rouse, Amy Scodeller, Kay Sigardson-Poor, and Sr. Mary Ann Vogel.

"Let the good times roll"--the Jazz Brunch 2017 motto
“Let the good times roll”–the Jazz Brunch 2017 motto

Volunteer Hours Add Support to Families in Need

Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter will host an informational evening on volunteering with the agencies on Thursday, August 31 from 6pm to 7pm at Humility of Mary Housing, 3805 Mississippi Ave. in Davenport.  Men, women and teens are encouraged to attend. Topics will include the application process, current short term and ongoing volunteer needs, the upcoming Fresh Start Benefit Sale and other opportunities.  Hours and days are flexible to meet your busy schedule!  If you’re looking for a place to make a difference, please come to the meeting!  RSVP to 563-326-1330 x 105.


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YouthWorks volunteer teen prepares an apartment for a family without a home.

by Patti TrappIt has been a crazy busy summer, and I just can’t thank my wonderful volunteers enough for their dedication and service. Volunteers contributed over 14,000 hours to Humility of Mary Housing over the past fiscal year, 7/1/2016 to 6/30/2017! I honestly don’t know where we would be without volunteer help.

We saw volunteers everywhere! They worked:

  • office reception,
  • data entry,
  • helping in accounting,
  • assistant to the Executive Director,
  • helping maintenance,
  • painting,
  • cleaning,
  • processing in the donation center,
  • working the Fresh Start Benefit Sales,
  • handling recycling,
  • repairing furniture,
  • rehabbing furniture,
  • researching donated items,
  • creating displays in the donation center, and as 
  • assistant to me, Volunteer Coordinator.

That’s a long list of ways volunteers have blessed us and served our participant families this year!

In addition, there were countless hours worked by RSVP, AARP and those volunteering through workman’s comp. Companies with an injured worker have them volunteer until their physician releases them to return to work. Workman’s compensation volunteers work within the physical limitations dictated by the physician. Studies show there is less depression when people are working and interacting with others. Less depression means faster healing time. It’s a win-win for everyone!

We have also been blessed this year by a partnership with Goodwill Industries. We have had volunteers from the Day Rehabilitation group every two weeks. These folks have spread joy as they have helped on special projects.

There is always a project and a place you can join in. Want to learn more about volunteerism? Call Patti, 563-326-1330, Volunteer Coordinator for Housing and Shelter.

Fresh Start Benefit Sale Fall 2017: Sept. 29-30

Fall '17 Fresh Start Benefit Sale

The Fresh Start Benefit Sale for Fall 2017 is set for Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30. The sale takes place in our donation center, located at 3805 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport, IA. Sale hours are from 8 AM until 4 PM on Friday and from 9 AM until 3 PM on Saturday.

The Fresh Start Sale grants access to the public to purchase donations of furnishings, clothing and household goods that supporters have contributed to our families who are working hard to escape homelessness. Donations that they can’t use or don’t need for whatever reason may be bought at resale prices at this sale, held only one weekend each spring and fall.

The Fresh Start Benefit Sale Fall 2017 will feature seasonal items and holiday items. This is an excellent opportunity for you to refresh, complete or supplement your Christmas decor. We have a wealth of items–all priced to go. Visit our Facebook event page for photos of items and up-to-date sale news as it occurs.

Expect to find quality new and used items, furniture, household goods, bedding, toys, books, dishes, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, gifts, clothing and LOTS of miscellaneous. All children’s clothing is priced at .50 cents each!

Sale donations are welcome through Sept. 15 and can be dropped off at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (No after-hours drop offs, please.) We ask that all items be clean and in working order.

Volunteers are welcome to help us with the sale. Call the office for sign up, 563-326-1330 x 105!

Help us publicize our sale by downloading this sale flier. Post it to remind you to attend the sale. We hope to see you at the Fresh Start Benefit Sale Fall 2017!

Visit our Facebook event page for up-to-the-minute sale updates.

Enjoy some preview photos from the sale items:

Fall Fresh Start Benefit Sale Merchandise Photos

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HMHI’s Summer Volunteers Are Fired Up!

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Summer 2017 brings great volunteer help to improve the Quad Cities and help our participating families.

Summer is heating up. And, our wonderful volunteers are hard at work, blazing new paths of progress for families!

They are cleaning apartments to prepare for families who need a place to live. They’re painting and renovating safe residents for our participating families.

We always need help in the donation center, and our volunteers are there! In summer, the grass is always growing around our 10 properties located in various sectors of Davenport. Our two full time maintenance men can’t keep up with all that mowing without volunteer assistance! 

Summer Volunteers 

We’d never be able to serve so many families (as we do everyday) without the help of some amazing volunteers!  Enjoy the photos (below) from some recent group projects. You’ll see Palmer College of Chiropractic students, YouthWorks students and chaperones, and a soldier from the Arsenal. All these groups and more have worked in June to help prepare homes for our families. In addition, individual volunteers and participants in AARP’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) as well as Goodwill SKILLS program members have steadily manned the needs of the Donation Center. 

In July YouthWorks teams will continue to serve us twice a week, beginning June 21 through July 27.  These teams of young Christians can come from anywhere in the US. So far, we’ve hosted teams from Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

KONE Elevators and Escalators of the Quad Cities will join send us a day team of workers in July. And a man from Camping World of Davenport is teaming up to help our families, as well.

Want to learn more for yourself or your group?  Call Patti, 563-326-1330. Individuals and teams of all ages and types are welcome to become summer volunteers!

June Volunteers!

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More than 50 volunteers helped us: United Way Day of Caring

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This United Way Day of Caring team did outreach work for us in Rock Island.

by Patti Trapp, Volunteer Coordinator for HMHI and Humility of Mary Shelter

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Yard work at property sites helps prepare homes for families in need.

Today was the semi-annual Spring 2017 United Way Day of Caring. We at HMHI greatly benefitted from the volunteer work participants contributed. We sincerely thank all our United Way Day of Caring Volunteers! Today, we had teams from area businesses as well as individuals in attendance. We thank John Deere, John Deere retirees, St. Ambrose University, Quad City Raiders and Triumph Bank who sent groups to assist us with so many projects.

Fortunately, today’s weather was perfect for a work day! We had volunteers painting an apartment, doing yard work, power washing home exteriors, planting a community garden and doing community outreach. Over 50 people participated in groups supporting Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter—as well as the people we serve who are experiencing homelessness and working hard to escape its grip.

The Day of Caring Rock Island Outreach project got off to a great start this morning! Fifteen very enthusiastic volunteers covered the downtown neighborhood, distributing over 300 brochures, Helping With Humor fliers, and outreach cards.

Volunteer projects like these are invaluable to HMHI/HMSI. The volume of work that we have in property management alone is overwhelming at times. So, we are grateful for every volunteer and every hour that is so generously given.

Last fiscal year (7/1/15 through 6/30/16) 236 volunteers gave over 6000 hours to HMHI. In addition, volunteers served us through the AARP, RSVP, community service, workman’s comp-rehab programs and area schools!  

See United Way’s website for details on the next Day of Caring event which will take place here in the fall. Remember….volunteer opportunities are ongoing at HMHI! For details call Patti: 563-326-1330 x 105.

United Way of the Quad Cities says: “Today, we engaged 900 volunteers in 56 projects, a true testament of how when we work together, we all win!”

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Teams of hard workers accomplished a tremendous amount of work today.

 

Goodwill SKILLS Program Partners with HMHI. We All Win!

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Our reception room bulletin board features the thank you cards SKILLS participants sent us.

By Patti Trapp, HMHI Volunteer Coordinator

We have many lovely volunteers through Goodwill SKILLS Program Day Habilitation Services. This program meets the needs of people who face barriers to independence. SKILLS program participants come to HMHI offices and work as volunteers for a few hours each week. SKILLS stands for: Socialization, Knowledge, Integration, Leisure, Life Skills & Support. We help the participants strengthen their skills as they volunteer for us.

SKILLS Day Habilitation Program
Photo credit: Goodwill, SKILLS Day Habilitation Program brochure

The Goodwill volunteers come to us in small groups of 4 to 6 along with a case worker from Goodwill. These teams work closely with another of my amazing volunteers, JoLynne, who is a retired missionary. Together they have a great time, the young people from Goodwill gain skills, increase their confidence, have interaction with others and…fun!

The groups come every other week for about two hours and rotate so that they all get an opportunity to attend. Each visit brings new challenges. The teams have:

  • helped clean out the file room,
  • priced items for the Benefit Sale,
  • stocked shelves;
  • decorated the children’s bulletin board for various seasons and holidays.

Sometimes the tasks we have planned prove to be a bit much. Then, we regroup and find something else to work on. No matter what the task, they are always joyful. There are days their stellar attitude puts mine to shame. We are learning a lot from each other through this experience!

As a special thank you, they all got to shop at our Fresh Start Benefit Sale. They had so much fun doing their own shopping! You could tell that great thought was going into their purchases. It was exciting to see their ‘coupon’ clutched tightly as they spread out through the warehouse floor and looked for treasures. On this trip they were learning about the value of their coupon, checking prices and doing simple arithmetic; each experience building on the one before. In all, approximately 30 young people came with their case workers. They were split into 2 groups, one came in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each group spent an hour or more shopping.

Goodwill SKILLS On Display

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HMHI Volunteer JoLynne works with groups from Goodwill’s SKILLS program.

The week after the sale, they arrived to work again, surprising us with handmade thank you cards. Now, we proudly display those cards in our front office. Stop in and admire that careful work—each one a testimony to the relationships we’ve formed. I’d love to share a photo of these happy, smiling–always smiling—individuals, but we want to honor their privacy.

All our volunteers are a blessing to us. But, these young people have particularly touched us with their zest for life and willingness to help.

Thank you, to our wonderful friends at Goodwill! By partnering with nonprofit agencies in the Quad Cities, our community grows stronger.

HMHI Earns Quad Cities Locals Love Us 2017 Award

 

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Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. received a 2017 award in the category of “Best Charitable/Community Services.”

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. received an award from the Quad Cities Locals Love Us 2017 community-wide survey. We merited an award in the category of “Best Charitable/Community Services.” 

Locals Love Us asks the people in the Quad Cities to vote their opinions. The public selects the best places and say who are their favorites in the community. Community members vote in an annual survey. The results appear in a print and online directory.

Locals Love Us 2017We’re happy to share this spotlight with these other fine agencies: Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities/Restore, United Way of the Quad Cities, and King’s Harvest Ministries.

This award may result in greater public awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Quad Cities. Three of five agencies selected deal specifically with human homelessness. The remaining agencies serve homeless animals and support agencies that alleviate homelessness locally. 

Humility of Mary Housing earned one of the original Locals Love Us awards in 2013-2014 and another in 2014-2015. 

We sincerely thank the Quad Cities for their ongoing support and for their trust. This honor encourages us to continue and redouble our efforts to improve life for everyone in our community by supporting vulnerable families.

Easter Egg Hunt Sparks Spring Smiles

Meadow (L) and her mother Hayley (R) worked together to find the hidden treats at the Easter Egg hunt activity. Other families are visible in the background–all involved in a flurry of action.

With the assistance of Saint Ambrose University students, our HMHI participating families sought out candy and eggs at an Easter Egg Hunt at our office grounds this spring.

The leadership of Hannah Oliver, the Community Service Chair of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) at Saint Ambrose set the event in motion. She organized the activities and reached out to St. Ambrose faculty, staff, clubs and organizations for support and donations. As a result, university students and personnel contributed many items and money to purchase supplies, prizes and Easter baskets filled with treats for the kids.

Organizing a hunt gave the children the chance to participate in the thrill of the search. Their parents enjoyed helping their kids find the treats, too. Four university students led the activities at this event, Hannah, Maggie, Yousef and Catlyn. See a photo of three of these four leaders in the photo array (below).

Participants enjoyed a lunch of pizza, cookies and drinks, donated by a caring local family, Celeste Dolan and her daughter Alanah (see photo array below for picture). Celeste has donated for this event for several years now. 

Children experiencing homelessness can experience their plight as a trauma. So, we are especially happy to provide positive activities for our program participants. This helps parents interact in healthy ways with their children and gives a healing boost to the kids, too. 

Click on the images to get a closer look at the day’s participants:

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EGG HUNT

 

Birdies for Charity: HMHI supporters can “chip in”

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Fourteen volunteers prepared 10 thousand Birdies pledge forms to send to HMHI supporters.

The John Deere Classic’s Birdies for Charity program officially opened its annual drive for 2017 this week. HMHI Birdies for Charity 2017 is a major source of donations at Humility of Mary Housing.

Birdies for charity HMHI pledge form 2017
Click the image to download and print HMHI’s Birdies for Charity pledge form.

To make a pledge for HMHI, just fill in this online form!

Or call our office at 563-326-1330 and we’ll send you a pledge card. Supporters can also download and print the Humility of Mary Housing official Birdies for Charity pledge card right HERE. Original downloads in color or black and white are acceptable (no photocopies). The form may be printed on single sides of paper (back-to-back printing is not necessary).

Last year, the John Deere Classic helped raise a record $10.5 million for charity, ranking it among the top four tournaments in charitable donations on the PGA Tour. Humility of Mary Housing typically receives over $20 thousand in donations through this program annually.

The Birdies program consists of individual charity pledges based on the number of birdies recorded in the tournament as well as lump sum donations to specific charities.

HMHI Birdies for Charity 2017 Helps the Quad Cities!

In addition, a Bonus Fund, boosts the charity take. It consists of tournament profits as well as a $325,000 matching donation from the John Deere Foundation. That increases the donation amount our agency receives. In addition, John Deere underwrites all administrative expenses for the Birdies program. Thus, 100 percent of every donation – plus the bonus – to go to us to help homeless families in the QCA.

As an incentive to attract charity donations, Lexus of the Quad Cities provides a free two-year lease of a 2017 Lexus NX to a donor who correctly guesses the exact number of birdies. This year’s John Deere Classic will be held July 10-16 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. 

Birdies for Charity 2017