Help HMHI give 10 families a home for the holidays!

a home for holidays
What better gift can we give a family experiencing homelessness than a home for the holidays? Be part of the magic! Volunteer!

We at HMHI have an immediate need for volunteers to help prepare apartments for ten families to move in before Christmas.  Dates of need are fluid; flexibility will be a key.

Volunteers will be deep cleaning; kitchens, bathrooms and other living areas. It’s all interior work. All work will be done Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm.  No evenings or Saturdays involved. We will provide cleaning materials and supplies for you and/or your group. We will accommodate your availability.

Together we can get ten families out of the cold and into their own home for Christmas.  What better gift can any of us give than this?!  Please call Patti for further details and to sign up, 563-326-1330.

Quad City Dining Tour Book Offers Great Deal

Quad Cities Dining Book
Purchase the Quad Cities Dining Book at our office at 3805 Mississippi Avenue.

For over 20 years, the Quad Cities Dining Tour coupon book gives local residents a great frugal opportunity to enjoy restaurants at a great savings. Filled with coupons for fine dining, theater, casual dining, pizza and fast foods, this value-filled opportunity book is yours for $35 at our office at 3805 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport. It pays for itself in savings–you save money with every coupon you use! And your purchase helps our families who are suffering homelessness.

The Quad Cities Dining Tour Book contains over 350 buy “one- get one” coupons to 135 local restaurants. Its reputation speaks for itself. If you enjoy eating out, this is a deal you can’t miss. It’s perfect for people who enjoy trying new restaurants, too. And, you have the added benefit of knowing that by purchasing the coupon book you’re helping families who are in need.

With its leatherette cover and gold foil stamping, the coupon book makes a great gift for your area friends and family members. Give them a gift they can enjoy over and over, all year long. All coupons are valid until October 31, 2016.

Stop in at our offices to purchase as many Quad Cities Dining Tour Books as you’d like during our business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 4 PM.

FLASH Mini-Sale November 12

Flash sale
Humility of Mary Housing will hold a FLASH sale in Gertrude’s Boutique on November 12 for four hours only–from 9 AM-1 PM.

Ready to giveGertrude’s Boutique at Humility of Mary Housing will hold a pre-holiday FLASH mini-sale on Thursday, November 12. This sale will last only between 9 AM and 1 PM. It’s a special clearance sale. All our merchandise is available for sale at bargain prices.

There’s an abundance of winter clothing for men, women and children. You’ll find lots household items.

christmas items
Christmas and seasonal items

This is a perfect time to replenish your Christmas decor. And, there’s lots of specialty items just in time to use this holiday season. Make your Christmas extra special for family and guests. They’ll never know you did it so frugally!

collectible gifts
Collectible gifts

All clothing is sorted, sized and neatly hung. That makes shopping a breeze. Gertrudes Boutique provides “garage sale” pricing in a comfortable, climate controlled environment.

There are classic and collectible items–you’re likely to find gifts for family and friends. But, you’re sure to find items you can use and enjoy yourself.


This Christmas, Adopt a Family That’s Battling Homelessness

Christmas presents
You can brighten the holidays for a family experiencing homelessness!

Feel that nip in the air?! It’s not too soon to plan for Christmas, an annual time of giving. Take advantage of this very appropriate season to assist a single-parent family that’s battling to escape homelessness. Humility of Mary Housing is pleased to connect you with one of our 47 families in need. Through our Christmas giving program, you can provide gifts for an entire single-parent family in recovery from homelessness or for an individual in our program and brighten their holiday season.

The Christmas Giving Program

Our Christmas Giving Program receives needs and wishes from the children and the parents we assisHMHI family at Christmast at HMHI. You simply contact us by phone at 563/326-1330 and let us know how you’d like to help. If you decide to sponsor a family, we’ll share with you the ages, genders and wishes of one of our families. You may participate as an individual or in conjunction with:

  • your business team,
  • your family,
  • your community or church group.

There’s another option. You may prefer to choose an idea from the “Gift that Keeps Giving” list [pdf download here]. Ideas include bus tokens, donate your old car to a family without a vehicle, gift card to a pharmacy for medicine, laundry soap and diapers; donate to cover education expenses for a parent trying to better themselves, gift card for haircuts to look good for an interview.

You may even volunteer to help prepare donations for families to use. There are so many ways you can help!

How to Help

Contact us if you’d like to choose gifts to make our participants’ wishes come true. We’ll send you the information. You can select and purchase the gifts you’d like to contribute to bring holiday happiness to a family in need of a permanent home.

Then, drop off the new, unwrapped gifts (or gift cards) at our office no later than December 11.

Please think about supporting these transitioning families this holiday. They have little and can use your goodness and assistance. For more information–or to volunteer to participate–phone us at 563/326-1330, ext. 105. With community support, these families can begin to dream of a better life again.

adopt family Christmas

A new, important volunteer opportunity at HMHI

Gertrude's Fresh Start Boutique

We’re looking for people just like you!  Humility of Mary Housing needs volunteers to help in Gertrude’s Fresh Start Boutique/Donation Center. People of all ages and abilities can contribute here. When they do, they support a project that directly assists single parents and their families who are escaping from homelessness.

These items help families who have nothing, giving hope and support.

We provide a furnished apartment and free access to clothing and home necessities for all our program families. People from across the Quad Cities Area contribute items that help this cause. It’s crucial that these donations are checked in, sorted, and tested so that they can be made available to participant families. We arrange them attractively, so that our families can enjoy the experience of selecting the things they need.

We’re happy to talk to your church or civic group about this opportunity. Contact our volunteer coordinator, Patti, to arrange for her to visit with you or speak to your group.

This volunteer opportunity is love in action; you know you are making a difference in someone’s life! Call for details, 563-326-1330 x 105.


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.

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.

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.