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

United Way Day Of Caring team
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

JoLynne
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.

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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

 

Micro Volunteer Week 2017 at Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.


The world commemorates Micro Volunteer Day each April 15. At HMHI, we make a good thing better: April 10-16 is Micro Volunteer Week! For mere minutes each day, you can volunteer from the comfort of your home to make life better for local families escaping homelessness. We’ll send you your “mission” by email. Anyone with an email address and Internet can participate!

April 10-16, 2017 Micro Volunteer Week

To learn more and register to participate, just click here. It’s so easy! Satisfying!

And we are grateful for your help…! We’ll have a little surprise for all our micro volunteers. And, we’ll thank you in our annual report. So, don’t delay…grab your opportunity to help the children in families who need their own bed. 

REGISTER TODAY!

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Spring/Summer 2017 Volunteer Help Needed

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A group of volunteers from John Deere prepared this apartment for a family who didn’t have a home.
Over the next few months of Spring/Summer 2017, we will have several families graduating from our program. We are so happy for them! And we’re glad that we’ll be able to accept more families experiencing homelessness into our program. It gives them the opportunity to gather strength and escape life on the streets.
 
This means we will have apartments that we need to have cleaned and / or painted. We are looking for Spring/Summer 2017 volunteer help to make apartments fresh and clean for new families! It’s a satisfying task: to prepare a home for family that has nowhere to live.
 
All of these apartments are located in Davenport, Iowa. We are happy to work with family volunteer groups, church groups and civic organization groups, as well as groups from businesses, corporations  or educational institutions. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
 
Please call Patti for information and to apply to become a Humility of Mary volunteer: 563-326-1330.

Training to Help Families in Crisis–March 2017 Staff Day

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Professionals from the Quad Cities share their expertise with our staff, enhancing our ability to help our participating families.

Professionals from the local office of Legal Aid trained the staff this month during HMHI’s quarterly staff in-service day, March 8. They taught us how they can assist those who need legal assistance help, but don’t have funds to get that help. Now, equipped with this information, we can share this with our participating families. That kind of support is critical to those in need. Because, a legal crisis can devastate a family’s future.

We also received training that day on the differences that exist between people of differing nationalities and genders. Differences can lead to conflict, but they can also enrich. This training taught us how to most effectively deal with each other during crisis situations.  

At HMHI, our staff interact with volunteers from several generations. Another segment of our training day prepared us for what’s called “the new volunteerism.” During this presentation, we learned how to appreciate, respect and deal with different generations of volunteers. That also equips us to communicate more effectively with people of all age groups—whether they be volunteers, supporters or program participants.

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Quarterly staff days give us the opportunity to collaborate on ways we can provide better service to local families experiencing homelessness.

View an album of staff photos on Flickr. We’re proud of our professionals.

March 2017 Quarterly Staff Day

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Spring Benefit Sale: April 28-29–Savings for you that helps needy families

Fresh Start Benefit Sale

The Fresh Start Spring Benefit Sale, a major fundraising effort at Humility of Mary Housing, is soon here. It’s scheduled to occur on Friday, April 28 from 8 AM to 4 PM and on Saturday, April 29 from 9 AM to 3 PM. The sale takes place in Gertrude’s Fresh Start Boutique, on HMHI’s headquarters property at 3805 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport. This bi-annual sale builds on a long and respected tradition, occurring each spring and fall. It offers gently used furniture, clothing and housewares to the public at extraordinary low prices. All sales proceeds assist families experiencing homelessness in the Quad Cities.

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Bargain seekers flock to the Fresh Start sales!

Workers and volunteers prepare year-round for the two benefit sales events. Supporters in the Quad Cities donate a myriad of useful items. These help the single-parent families served by HMHI get established in an apartment. Well-equipped families are better able to escape the perils of homelessness. HMHI families access donations, fee-free. Twice each year, the Fresh Start sales make items that our families are unable to use available to the public at very reasonable prices. All sales proceeds directly support the programs that strengthen HMHI families.

Spring Benefit Sale

Fresh Start flier
Click to view in full size. Download and print!

This time, the sale will feature new lighted displays. We’re using them to highlight some lovely collectible and special occasion glassware currently for sale. We’ll highlight on this post any special items that arrive and will be offered at this sale.

Another special addition to this year’s sale is a small display of artwork created by some of our program participants. Their creations are worthy of your attention and help the viewer realize that “homeless” is a label that may obscure perceptions of intelligence and talent. See the person–not the label–when you view the beauty they create.

Follow our event page on Facebook which we update daily. And, we post the sale on the Quad Cities CraigsList site (HERE is that listing). Help us help by spreading the word! Download and print our flier to post in your home or workplace [Click flier image on the right]. Share this post (copy and paste this link in your emails or social media: http://humilityofmaryhousing.com/hmhi/fresh-start-spring-benefit-sale )

Fresh Start Donations Still Welcome

We encourage you to remember us when you find no-longer-needed items as you spring clean closets, basements, attics and garages! We receive donations Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm (no after-hours drop offs, please). Bring your items to 3805 Mississippi Ave in Davenport by April 21 so we can include them in the spring sale. We ask that all items be clean and in working order.

Many families enter our program with little more than the clothing they are wearing. So, we are happy to receive furniture, clothing, housewares and supplies that will help them stock their apartments with basics for everyday life.

Charming Charlie Holds Charity Night for HMHI on February 24

Charming Charlie
Charming Charlie will donate 10% of designated sales to HMHI on Friday, Feb. 24 between 5 PM-8PM.

Charming Charlie in Davenport supports families experiencing homelessness. They want to help by hosting a charity night for the families we help here at HMHI. On Friday, February 24, from 5 PM to 8 PM, Charming Charlie will donate 10% of designated sales to our cause. We hope you’ll take advantage of their generosity and use the opportunity to enjoy their colorful shop, full of jewelry, handbags, apparel, and gifts. Charming Charlie Charity Night for HMHI adds another reason to say “TGIF” this Friday.

When you enter the store, located in Elmore Marketplace at 2419 Elmore Avenue [MAP], let them know that you’re shopping with our families in mind. They’ll give you a wristband that indicates at checkout that all your purchases will assist local homeless families.

Charming Charlie Charity Night Options

There is an amazing variety of colorful merchandise to browse at Charming Charlie. Wander among the totes, satchels, crossbody and shoulder bags, evening bags, clutches wallets, and wristlets. Browse keychains, glassware, home and kitchen, fragrance and beauty items, travel accessories. Delight in admiring all kinds of jewelry. Charming Charlie can also direct you to organization products, stationery, tech accessories, keychains, gift bags and boxes. That’s just the tip of the iceberg!

If you haven’t yet visited this great retail space, take advantage of this special shopping opportunity to explore Charming Charlie–just one story in the 40,000 feet of merchandise in Elmore Marketplace. In addition, you’ll find other stores there: DSW Shoes, Gap Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Charming Charlie, Carter’s, Lane Bryant, Pier 1 Imports, Beauty Brands (south of Holiday Inn and Suites), with Mattress Firm, Loft and Fleet Feet on the west side of the lot along Elmore Avenue.

Gather some friends. Make an evening of it. And, you can all feel good that your designated purchases at Charming Charlie will help less fortunate families.