Top five FREE things to do with your kids this summer

summerHappy Summer everyone!

Here at Humility of Mary Housing we are excited to see some warm weather and sunshine as we continue to serve our community.

As your kids get out of school for summer, you’ll soon scramble to decide what to do with them on the weekends. Never fear! HMHI has compiled a top five list of things you can do with your kiddos… and the best part is, they’re all FREE!

1. GET CRAFTY. Home Depot, 920 Middle Rd., Bettendorf, offers FREE workshops on home depot photothe weekends for kids ages 5-12. Your little one will get to participate in a hands-on activity that teaches them great listening, building, and teamwork skills. You can sign up online here.

2. BUILD A FORT. Sheets and blankets are all you’ll need for this extremely fun activity. You can tuck the sheets into dress drawers, place them on top of couches, get creative! Your kids will feel like it’s their extra special secret place, and it will keep them busy for hours!

3. GO FOR A WALK. All you need is a nice sidewalk or neighborhood, and you’re set. This is a good chance for you to chat with your kids about crossing the street safely as well (looking both ways, watching for cars, etc.) You can get outside, get some exercise and spend some quality time with each other for FREE.

4.STARGAZE. For this activity, all you’ll need is a blanket, some bug spray, and some stargazingopen space. Spray the kids’ arms and legs, so they won’t get bug bites outside. Lay a blanket down in the grass, and watch the stars! If you have older kids, talk to them about basic star constellations such as the Big and Little Dippers. If you’re lucky, you may even see a shooting star!

5. PLAY CHARADES. Write some fun ideas on pieces of paper, and have kids draw them out of a cup or hat. You’ll laugh, and it’s a great way for children to use their imagination.

So there are your top five activities to do with your kiddos this summer. And they’re absolutely FREE.

From our home to yours, we hope you stay safe, cool, and hydrated this summer!

Donations welcome now for HMHI’s Spring Semi-Annual Benefit Sale

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Humility of Mary Housing, Inc welcomes your donations of gently used items for our spring rummage sale.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) will hold its semi-annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale Friday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale occurs at our office and donation center located at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport.

We welcome your donations for this sale! Contributions can be dropped off at our office and donation center loading dock from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. We ask that items donated be clean and in good working order.

The Spring Fresh Start sale continues a 25 year tradition of providing a large selection of gently used or new items–each item individually inspected and approved for sale by our volunteers. The array of merchandise includes housewares, bedding, toys, jewelry, gift items, furniture, books, games, clothing and so much more. Over the years, our sale is known for the quality of items, the great values and the friendly staff.

Our spring sale features seasonal items, including an array of beautiful spring gift ware, outdoor furniture and garden decor. Spring clothing, including many designer label items, are available for infants, children and adults.

warehouse full of sale items
Too many items to detail! Come and see…go home with great bargains!

Our sale offers donated items that cannot be used to furnish apartments or by the families. All proceeds from the sale are used by Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. to purchase furniture and other program needs.

Through HMHI’s program lives of homeless families that are headed by a single parent are transformed. Children learn there is a different way to live, and parents receive opportunities upon which they build the foundation for a greater future for their families.

Join Color the Quads to support local charities

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Support HMHI at the Color the Quads 5K Run on May 31, 2014. Any monies the run earns beyond the targeted $75,000 will go to charities designated by participants when they register. You can choose Humility of Mary Housing as your designated charity and assist our families who are working to gain housing independence.

Event sponsor Mel Foster Co says:

Get ready for the most colorful, fun-filled day of your life! Runners get bombarded with more color than your happy levels can handle! Get your friends and family excited for this amazing event where you’ll get blasted with color while participating in the Mel Foster Color the Quads 5K Run.

It’s an event for the whole family! Here are a few happy shots from last year’s event:

There’s lots of room for volunteers, but registration is limited. So don’t delay!

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Register for fun…and assist Quad City charities!

Insert a Christmas tree to uplift a child

christmas treeOur families who have recently experienced homelessness find our apartments a welcome relief and the hope of a brighter future. But when holidays come, their housing insecurity has left them disadvantaged. They didn’t store a Christmas tree from last year in their attic or garage because, more than likely, there was no tree nor was there an attic or garage.

Can you provide a holiday tree to uplift the spirits of a family in need? Your gift of a new or gently-used tree will change the holidays for one of our participating families. Because our families are apartment-dwellers, the optimum tree size would be between 4′-6′ tall. Used artificial trees should come with all the necessary parts for assembly.

Our program manages nearly 50 apartments, so we can use dozens of trees for holiday decorating. Thanks for whatever you can to to brighten the holidays for a local family in need! By inserting a tree into a family’s living quarters, you can warm a home in this chilly time of year.

Giving and receiving–The United Way!

As the United Way of the Quad Cities conducts its annual campaign, we at HMHI enthusiastically participate. Our employee fundraising projects perk our interest daily, as we await the latest Bingo number to see who will win each game’s employee prize. We share our agency story with local businesses, as well. Since HMHI benefits from the United Way, we want the community know that their contributions are funding a valuable service.

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Beverly Ricketts presents Sister Mary Ann Vogel the personal product items that Northwest Bank and Trust employees collected for HMHI participating families.

Last week, HMHI’s Sister Mary Ann Vogel gave two such talks to help Northwest Bank and Trust Company of Davenport kick off their employee United Way contribution campaign. Their employees collected diapers and baby wipes for the infants, babies and toddlers participating in the HMHI program to further generate support for our families. These products are costly for our single parents to purchase, yet they are a constant and unavoidable expense for a young parent.

The photo accompanying this article shows a part of the merchandise that employees contributed! Our cupboards went from empty to full, thanks to this influx of products from the generous employees at Northwest Bank.

HMHI appreciates the support it receives from the community. As the United Way Annual Campaign continues, we hope local employees will remember Humility of Mary Housing as they complete their annual payroll deduction forms for the United Way at their work places.

Thanks to the generosity of the Quad Cities, families who lack homes find a way out of homelessness through HMHI’s programming. We can’t do this without your support, so we say “thanks!”

HMHI Fall Benefit Sale Time Approaches!

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) will hold its semi-annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale Friday evening, October 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale occurs at our office and donation center located at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport.

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This sale continues a 24 year tradition of providing a large selection of gently used or new items, all individually inspected and in working condition. The array of merchandise includes house wares, bedding, toys, jewelry, gift items, furniture, books, games, clothing and so much more. Over the years, our sale is renowned for the quality of items, the great values and the friendly staff.

Our autumn sale features seasonal items, including a wide array of beautiful Christmas decor and giftware. Fall and winter clothing, including many designer label items, are available for infants, children and adults.

clothing on sale at HMHI
Gently used clothing–at a fraction of their original price–awaits you at the Fall HMHI sale.

We’re still accepting donations for this sale. Your contributions can be dropped off at our office and donation center loading dock from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Humility of Mary Housing manages 47 apartments that are used for families in the program. We always need single beds, dressers and sofas to furnish these apartments. Donations are accepted throughout the year.

warehouse full of sale items
Too many items to detail! Come and see…go home with great bargains!

Our sale offers donated items that cannot be used to furnish apartments or by the families. All proceeds from the sale are used by Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. to purchase furniture and other program needs.

Through HMHI’s program lives of homeless families that are headed by a single parent are transformed. Children learn there is a different way to live, and parents receive opportunities upon which they build the foundation for a greater future for their families.

HMHI’s Jazz Brunch–A news event, thanks to our sponsors!

The fourth annual New Orleans Jazz Brunch is a happy memory today, yet news of the event keeps the good work of HMHI in the forefront of the community’s awareness. Thanks to event sponsors, participants and supporters, Jazz Brunch successfully generated important funding to continue HMHI’s programming to benefit single parent families who are homeless.

2013 Jazz Brunch
A beautiful day in lovely surroundings–the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Brunch served great food and music and supported homeless families.

Quad Cities WQAD, Channel 8, covered the event with an on-site camera reporter. Their news segment is viewable right here on our website blog. Watch a short interview with Sister Mary Ann Vogel, HMHI’s Finance Director:

See the WQAD full article here: Music, Brunch Helps Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.

Sister Mary Ann Vogel and members of the Development Committee, who spearheaded the day’s organization and execution, expressed appreciation to the event’s sponsors: Community Resources Corporation, Davenport Noon Optimists, East Moline Glass, James H. Laas Co., Mel Foster Co., Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Bank, Gary Whitaker, and Service providers of SSAB Iowa, including: Automation Software & Engineering, Inc, IMS Systems, Inc, Integrated Mills Systems, United Rolls Inc, and Whemco.

Sarah Marie Young, jazz singer extraordinaire, performing Davenport September 29

Singer/songwriter Sarah Marie Young will bring her stylings of smooth jazz to HMHI’s New Orleans Jazz Brunch on September 29 at the Crow Valley Golf Club. Award winning veteran of the 2012 Chicago Jazz Festival and the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland after her 2011 Shure Vocal Competition win, Sarah Marie also earned a spot as a semifinalist in The Smithsonian Institute 2010 Monk Jazz Voice Competition.

Simply put–by Quincy Jones, no less: “The girl can sing!”

Sarah Marie Young
Back by popular demand, Sarah Marie Young will again headline HMHI’s 2013 New Orleans Jazz Brunch on September 29.

Sarah, an Indianapolis native, is a rising star. Schooled at the music school at Columbia College Chicago, she’s become known in jazz and r&b circles across the nation as the singer with the “intoxicating voice” (-Eric Schelkopf, The Total Scene). Now a staple on the Chicago jazz scene, she’s also making a name for herself at the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, The Bowery Electric, Buddy Guy’s, Schubas and Lincoln Hall.

Her newly released first full length album, “Too Many Februaries”, recorded in Switzerland, compiles Sarah’s original narrative songs. They span many styles but are united by her clear, soulful voice, and a stellar, versatile band- Stu Mindeman (Gloria Estefan), Patrick Mulcahy (Patricia Barber) and Makaya McCraven (Bobby Broom).

Sarah and her ensemble have delighted diners of all previous Jazz Brunch events. We welcome her return to Davenport, Iowa! Tickets for the September 29 event are available at our office. This event will support HMHI’s programming, benefiting single-parent families who are experiencing homelessness.

Adding enrichment to lives of our HMHI children

Promoting learning by doing, HMHI offers a highly-involved enrichment program, led by Moezella Stokes, to our participating children. May’s session–“HMHI Gardening Made Easy for Kids”–provided a chance for the children to create beauty with nature. Parents and children planted houseplants and learned new ways to upcycle common objects into container gardens. Small spaces–like apartments, windowsills and tiny balconies–are more beautiful when decorated with home-grown flowers and plants. The children love to plant and watch things grow!

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Moms and children dug in and built a container garden project in May at HMHI. Moezella Stokes, program organizer, is third from left in photo and her helper, Helen Fogarty, appears second from left.

Living in a home entails learning to protect yourself in unexpected emergencies. The Davenport Fire Department taught HMHI children fire safety practices in June, using a high-tech mobile demo device they brought onsite: the mobile “Fire House.” Program children met the firemen who toured them though house the house themselves, instructing them in fire safety practices and escape methods. A follow-up fire-safety trivia game proved that the children learned the answers!

Davenport Fire Dept "Fire House" in action
In June, the Davenport Fire Department’s Fire House taught potential life-saving skills to our participating children.

Our children’s creativity sparkled in the fashion design category as July 2013 launched. Children submitted their patriotic t-shirt designs in red, white and blue. One talented winner earned a $15 dollar prize, but every entry entitled the designer to select a prize from Moezella’s prize grab bag, making everyone a winner.

This summer Moezella is leading weekly activities for our children. July’s action-focus involves the children in arts and crafts, making ice cream in a bag, enjoying movies and popcorn, and sharing favorite stories by reading aloud to others.

Enrichment at HMHI involves the whole family!

HMHI sets date for annual Jazz Brunch: September 29

Jazz Brunch
The Jazz Brunch that benefits Humility of Mary Housing program, will take place September 29 at the Crow Valley Golf Club.

Humility of Mary Housing announces the annual Jazz Brunch date: September 29. It’s an event that combines the beauty of contemporary music and a menu that celebrates the harvest season. Once again the lovely Crow Valley Golf Club will host the Jazz Brunch, showcasing the natural beauty of our Quad Cities through expansive picture windows.

The event, scheduled from 11 am until 2 pm, will again include some live auction opportunities. These exciting offerings are highly anticipated and vary from year to year. Visit the events page on our website to stay updated on this year’s auction news.

The lovely Sarah Marie Young and her ensemble, who pleased the attendees of previous brunches, will return–fresh from new career accomplishments–for our 2013 event.

Jazz Brunch tickets will be available at our office. Get your ticket and mark your calendar. Eagerly anticipate an opportunity to enjoy great company, great food and great music while simultaneously assisting those in great need in our community.

For more complete information on this year’s New Orleans Jazz Festival, visit our Events page.