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.

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.

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.

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.

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.