The 2017 Benefit Jazz Brunch Pleased Attendees

Kay Poor
Kay Poor, of the Development Committee, welcomes attendees to the 2017 Jazz Brunch.

Attendees at the 2017 Benefit Jazz Brunch enjoyed a spectacular day of beautiful weather, elegant surroundings, great music and delectable food. 

Photos by our volunteer professional photographer Joe Maciejko convey the spirit of the conviviality as well as the beauty of the event. Click on any thumbnail to see the image enlarged. 

You’ll see images of the live auction, the buffet line, the beverages, the musicians…and the participants. All the proceeds from this event will benefit local families experiencing homelessness.

Such a picturesque event! More photos are available on our Flickr site.

2017 Jazz Brunch Photos By Joe Maciejko

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QC Junetopia 3 will benefit HMHI families, entertain the QCA

QC Junetopia 3QCJunetopia, a 3-day Quad Cities festival event will grace the area for its third consecutive year on June 16-18. A celebration of the area arts communities, the festival is becoming a cornerstone among local artists: musicians, comedians, artists, crafters, filmmakers, and performers of all kinds.

Nowadays, the founders consider it an annual community-strengthening event. Junetopia features dozens of bands, both local and regional. Local artists sell their locally-produced goods. Events occur in local venues. All profits benefit the Humility of Mary Shelter, Humility of Mary Housing, Kings Harvest Ministries, and the Kings Harvest Pet Rescue No-Kill Shelter.

For information on acts, times and tickets: A three day ticket is just $25, but you can purchase day tickets also.

Visit the travelIOWA blog for more information about QCJunetopia 2017. Communicate with fans, founders and performers on their Facebook page.

Click the image to view the event poster in readable size:

qc junetopia 3 poster

Garden of Eden Sale: April 29, 8-3pm in Moline

Garden of Eden Sale
Many items to browse at the Garden of Eden Sale.

Christ The King Catholic Church invites the public to attend its Social Concerns Garden of Eden Sale on Saturday, April 29 from 8am to 3pm. It’s held in the Believers Together Center located at 3209 60th Street in Moline, IL.

This annual rummage sale features thousands of items and includes furniture. The sale sponsors donate all funds they raise at the sale to organizations which help the needy. Your purchases will go to a good cause. We appreciate the support Christ the King Social Concerns group has given us at Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.

Garden of Eden Sale
Lots of furniture available at very good prices.

We encourage you to take advantage of the great bargains at the Garden of Eden Sale. Enjoy the items your purchase and enjoy the fact that you’re helping people in need.

HMHI will serve as donation hub for all Humility of Mary operations [Press Release]


Patti Trapp, Volunteer Coordinator
Humility of Mary Housing, Inc
3805 Mississippi Avenue
Davenport IA  52807

Humility of Mary Housing to provide donation ‘hub’ for all Humility of Mary operations

donation hub
The donation hub at Humility of Mary Housing provides space to centralize all agency donations.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) will become the donation ‘hub’ for all Humility of Mary agencies beginning February 1, 2017. Donations that in the past were dropped off at Humility of Mary Shelter (HMSI) at 1016 W. 5th St. Davenport, will now only be received at Humility of Mary Housing (HMHI), 3805 Mississippi Ave. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

By creating a central hub we will give all our donors convenience for drop offs while saving agency staff time and creating much needed space for expansion at Shelter. 

With the expansion at Shelter and ongoing needs at Housing we anticipate a tremendous shortage of furniture over the next few months. We are in need of: small couches or loveseats, 2 to 4 seat dinette tables with chairs, nightstands, chest type dressers, microwaves and table lamps. If you have any of these items to donate, please bring them to HMHI donation center.  A monetary donation of $144.00 will purchase a bed for a person experiencing homelessness. To make a monetary donation towards the purchase of a bed, please contact the Housing office at 563-326-1330.

Donation hub needs

As always, we also accept donations of clothing, dishes, pots and pans, towels, sheets, pillows, accessories, etc. Please see our website for a complete needs list:

If you have any questions, please call Patti at Humility of Mary Housing, 563-326-1330. Thank you for your ongoing support.


FLASH Sale at HMHI on November 17

Flash Sale Nov 17, 2016

HMHI is holding a mini Flash Sale on Thursday, November 17, from 9 am to 1 pm at our headquarters at 3805 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport. [map] The warehouse is full of amazing donations. We want to make room. Its your opportunity to bag a bargain–just in time to jump-start your holiday shopping.

Household items, furniture, collectibles, toys, books, jewelry, dishes, bedding, gift items, clothing and lots of miscellaneous. You never know what you’ll find. Many items are new-in-box or new-with-tags. Every item has been tested; it’s all in working order. There are many holiday items and lots of winter clothing.

FLASH Sale: November 17, 2016

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All proceeds from this sale will benefit local families experiencing homelessness who are served by Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.

Bring us a gallon of laundry detergent OR a 24 pkg of toilet paper for a family in need and we’ll give you $5 off your shopping! Our prices are very low, so this will go a long way!

The sale hours are limited. Our regularly scheduled sale will occur again in Spring 2017.

#GivingTuesday 2016–You can help!


Humility of Mary Housing has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. You can participate by using the special online donation gateway:

Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the U.S.. The widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick-off the holiday giving season. That inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities. They also want a way to give back significantly to the charities and causes they support.

Humility of Mary Housing joins the #GivingTuesday movement this year for the first time. Participation is sparked by a $1000 matching grant provided by an anonymous supporter. This means that the first $1000 in donations received that day will be matched, doubling their impact.

Fund a Project via #GivingTuesday

Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM, of the HMHI Development Board, says the Board hopes that #GivingTuesday will build on the agency’s Fund-a-Project concept, introduced this fall. This project fund invites the public to contribute to support local families attempting to escape homelessness. Increasing levels of support provide greater assistance:

  • A child’s diapers for one month–$60 contribution
  • A mattress/box spring for a child–$150 contribution
  • Utility cost for a family for one month–$200 contribution
  • Support one HMHI family for one month–$1000 contribution

A cultural center in New York City that joins people around core values of community service and giving back named 92Y first conceptualized #GivingTuesday. The day offers a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, the project brought together over 45,000 partners in 71 countries and raised nearly $117 Million online in the US alone.

Those who care to join Humility of Mary Housing’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit Http:// to make a secure, online, tax-deductible contribution via PayPal or with their credit card.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the website, Facebook page or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

Adopt a family experiencing homelessness for Christmas

homeless Christmas giving

Enrich your holiday season this year. Sign up is underway to adopt a family experiencing homelessness that we serve at Humility of Mary Housing. Your gifts will make their Christmas very special!

The spirit of an old fashioned Christmas governs our giving program:

“Something that you want,
Something that you need,
Something that you’ll wear,
Something that you’ll read.”

If you’d like to help but don’t have the time to shop for others, we have these suggestions:

** Supply gift cards for food,gas,and  general  shopping for family emergency needs.
** Provide gift cards for family outings, like the Children’s Museum, movies, ballgame, etc.
** Sponsors may also choose to cover the cost of supporting a family for a day, week or month.
** Ask us for an extended ideas list!

Adopt a Family

Sign up for the family size you wish. We will try to honor your requests for ages and genders of children, if we can.

New, unwrapped gifts and gift cards may be dropped off at our office. We will package, distribute and deliver your gifts to our families.

All gifts need to arrive at our office by December 12, 2016 so we have time to process and handle the distribution.

If you’re interested in helping Santa make Christmas wishes come true, give us a call. We will work with you, your family, your civic or church group or your office and business. Let’s talk! Phone 563-326-1330 and speak to Patti at Ext. 105.

A changed life: Former child participant shares gratitude for HMHI

James Houston and family
James Houston and his family with Sister Mary Ann Vogel at the 2016 Jazz Brunch benefit. James shared his gratitude for the gift HMHI and Sr. Mary Ann were in his young life.

The 2016 Jazz Brunch benefit event on September 25 did not disappoint on any of the many elements that annually contribute to a memorable experience. This year, perhaps, for us at HMHI, one element overshadowed the exciting auction, the fabulous food and beverages, the elegant atmosphere and the great live music. James Houston touched and inspired us. As a child James participated in our HMHI program. He shared his experience with all the attendees of the brunch, expressing his gratitude for the difference HMHI made in his life.

James Houston’s sharing

While at HMHI, James lived across the hall from Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM, a member of HMHI’s founding committee and current finance director. She was the site manager he and his siblings awaited daily to return home from work. She would welcome them into her apartment to play. Two particular gifts Sister Mary Ann gave James had a far-reaching impact on his life. He shared his gratitude to all who attended. You can watch a recording of the talk here on this post and learn what those gifts were. Little things can create a lasting impact.

Images from 2016 Jazz Brunch Benefit


We can’t share the sounds, smells and tastes, unfortunately. But you can enjoy some of the sights from the 2016 Jazz Brunch on our Flickr photo album found here on this post. Scroll through, and remember that those who attend next year’s Jazz Brunch benefit help local families experiencing homelessness. That improves life in the Quad Cities for all of us.

Jazz Brunch 2016: Helps families recover their lives

Jazz Brunch 2016
The 7th annual Jazz Brunch delights, dines and delivers aid to families in need of a place to live.

“Let the Good Times Roll” proclaims the 7th Annual Jazz Brunch to benefit Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. Once again the beautiful and spacious Crow Valley Golf Club clubhouse will set the stage to host this dining delight. By popular acclaim, Margaret Murphy and her musical friends will return from the South Side of Chicago to add their smooth jazz atmosphere to the French Bistro theme.

jazz brunch

The event takes place on Sunday, September 25 from 11 AM until 2 PM. The menu will delight, and it includes a complimentary glass of champaign or mimosa. The buffet bar will highlight fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, combined in amazing sauces to create unforgettable entrees. Your meal will close with a dessert bar, so save room for an elegant ending.

The event will benefit Quad Cities’ families who are suffering homelessness, served by Humility of Mary Housing. This event is a major annual fundraiser for the program that to date has provided stability to 823 families, including 1,615 children. All-inclusive tickets are $75 and are available to the public. Call the Humility of Mary Housing office at (563) 556-1330 to reserve your seat. [Link to map: Davenport, IA–Crow Valley Golf Club]

A live auction will enliven the program. High ticket items, including condo vacation packages and exclusive dining parties, will be announced soon by the Development Committee planning the event. Event sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact committee members Amy Allen, Amy Chris, Thad DenHartog, Kim Flaherty-Grampp, Jane Rouse, Amy Scodeller, Kay Sigardson-Poor, and Sr. Mary Ann Vogel. An album of photos from last year’s Jazz Brunch is available on Flickr.

jazz brunch 2016

Monthly program enriches HMHI children

If the Great Pumpkin came to visit Linus in the pumpkin patch, what would he look like?

HMHI children & pumpkinsWith this imagination-stretching question, the HMHI participating children are challenged to engage in creative thinking during October. Each month there’s a new activity or project in store for them, all designed by HMHI employee Mozella Stokes. Mozella is a favorite of all our participating children, because she never fails to stop whatever she’s doing as HMHI’s receptionist and office manager to greet each with a warm embrace when they visit the office with their parent.

To add extra excitement to the activities, Mozella searches out sponsors for the monthly projects. Sometimes that sponsor will provide materials for the children’s projects. Sometimes they’ll offer a demonstration the kids can attend and learn from. Sometimes they’ll provide an incentive, reward or award to one of the kids enrolled in the activity. For instance, this month Target provided a gift card that will be given to one of the students who contributes a Great Pumpkin image to the display in HMHI’s reception room.

Mozella Stokes

Adding extra fun this month, Mozella offered a Family Activity in the spirit of Halloween. Each family has the opportunity to create a family themed Halloween costume photo. They can choose one of the suggested themes: the 70’s, sports, disco, super heroes, or TV family. Using our clothing closet contributions, they design costumes in that theme and take a family photo. One lucky family will win a family night out at Happy Joe’s, courtesy of Happy Joe’s.

The HMHI children are special to us. As we assist their parents directly, we realize that we’re also providing a stable environment so that the children can continue their important work at school uninterrupted. Babies, toddlers and preschool children need reliable surroundings so that they can continue their growth and development and explore their world safely.

HMHI children
Providing an enriching and stable environment underlies our mission at HMHI.