Extern Thanks HMHI and Warms Our Hearts

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A letter of thanks from a student who worked with us this summer has warmed our hearts.

We’re so touched by the letter of thanks we received from Jazz, one the the summer externs from Brown Mackie College, as he completed his service with us. It means so much to us, that we wanted to share some excerpts from it with you, too.

Dear HMHI,

When I first started the externship, I didn’t have any expectations. I used to think about “charitable entities” or “non-profits” like many skeptics do: “What’s in it for them?” When I allowed myself to get to know some of you I feel as if I’ve learned more about the cause, help, faith, and myself than I predicted. I have been moved by the work that you all do in such a way that my daughter and I will forever look forward to bringing donations here.

This is a place many would be lucky to know, and I feel proud to be a part of. [Staff names] have this constant genuine approach to caring about the people they come in contact with, and I’ve never felt that. [Name]’s work ethic makes people want to work harder, while [name] and all of the volunteers have this never ending sense of purpose and have always made me feel like God moved with grace and mercy in this building.



We’re grateful to Jazz, for sharing his talents and personality with us. We look forward to his return, and we really appreciate this beautiful letter. We hope it will encourage other people to volunteer here, to drop donations to us or just to stop by and learn more. We welcome visitors to our offices. And, when they come, we hope that they’ll feel our sense of purpose as well as God’s grace and mercy, too.

[Editor’s note: Jazz mentioned many staff members by name. In the interests of brevity, we omitted several. So, we omitted all the names, in order not to appear to favor any of the staff.]

Family Night Benefits HMHI: Family Museum night counters homelessness

Family Night 2015
Bring your family and enjoy a fun evening!

Buy tickets HERE: Family Night at the Family Museum!

HMHI’s Family Night at the Family Museum engages the entire family in an evening of fun and treats that will help Quad City families experiencing homelessness. The newly renovated Family Museum in Bettendorf will open its doors for a special Friday evening session on June 12 from 5:30-7:30 PM. The evening offers participants many special opportunities. Admission is $5 for individuals and $20 for families. Members of the Family Museum attend free. Proceeds benefit Humility of Mary Housing’s housing program that serves homeless families.

Each admission includes access to the Family Museum’s newly renovated exhibits. In addition, the evening of June 12 will offer the first opportunity for the Quad City public to enjoy the Rainforest Adventure, a new traveling summer exhibit [download pdf] or visit the museum’s webpage to learn more about it. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its opening. Complementary hot dogs, chips, beverage and cookie is included in each admission, so families can enjoy an informal meal during their evening out.

In addition to the interactive exhibits at the museum, the Family Museum will provide special children’s activity tables that evening. In addition, participants will enjoy the balloon art personally created for them by Karen Habernicht. And attendees will also enjoy complementary access to the services of Cari Cooney of QC Painted Faces. It promises the public an evening full of fun, activity and enjoyment.

Museum attendance is limited, so purchase your advance tickets online and avoid disappointment. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door.

Support HMHI: Shop with Amazon Smile Program

Now you can support HMHI when you shop on Amazon.com without spending one penny extra! When you use the Amazon Smile program, Amazon will donate to us a percentage of your purchases’ price for products you buy at smile.amazon.com.

You’ll find the exact same Amazon with the exact same prices, selection and convenience– with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to HMHI. There’s no cap on the total donation amount.

It’s simple and automatic.

When you first go to AmazonSmile you can select HMHI as your favorite charitable organization from almost a million eligible organizations – and that’s it.

Once you’ve selected HMHI on your first visit, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from any eligible purchases through AmazonSmile from that point forward, whether you shop just once or once a day. Customers can select a different charitable organization at any time, but you don’t need to add any additional information or change the way they shop.

All you need to do is remember to type smile.amazon.com into the browser on your PC, tablet or phone.


Patrons of Fall Sale Help Homeless Families

Fall Benefit Sale
Fall Benefit Sale augmented Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.’s ability to assist families experiencing homelessness while providing excellent merchandise to patrons and supporters.

A successful fall sale benefiting Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.’s programming, held October 17-18, helped fund the agency. Sale organizers reported that the two day sale netted $5400.

Certain desirable items from the sale that are still available will be posted on local online websites.

Collection of donations of used household items and clothing continues. Currently, the focus is on fall and winter clothing and outerware. Furniture is always welcome as the agency likes to provide basic household furniture to the incoming families in need. If possible, the families may take that furniture with them when they exit the program, to furnish their new housing of their own choosing.

Successful May Rummage Sale

We are pleased to announce that this year’s May Fresh Start Sale raised over $6,000!

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Gertrude Vogel (left) helped prepare for the successful Spring Sale.

This is an amazing accomplishment for our organization, and we can’t wait to use the funds to give back to our community.

The money raised will be used to purchase items our program participants need, and to fund our programming so we can continue to help combat homelessness in the Quad City area.

Our rummage sales began back in 1990 at the home of Gertrude Vogel. Her daughter, and HMHI’s Financial Director, Sister Mary Ann Vogel, said the first year, the sale raised $600. Each year the sale grew bigger and bigger. Gertrude would fill the garage, the driveway, and the front yard to the brim with items for sale.

Eventually, the sale outgrew Gertrude’s home, and it moved out to the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. In 2011, when HMHI moved into our new home on Mississippi Avenue in Davenport, we were able to begin hosting the sales in our warehouse.

Sister Mary Ann says this has been a huge success.

“We’re picking up more and more new people,” she said. “The word is spreading. The May sale is the best sale that we’ve had ever here in this building.”

HMHI is also working to expand our outreach by placing antique items for sale on eBay. This has been very successful so far, and with technology constantly changing, we hope this aspect of the sales will continue to expand.

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Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM

“It’s good to see it grow,” Sister Mary Ann said. “We’re always needing volunteers to help us with it.”

So be sure to mark your calendars for the third weekend in October, Oct. 17 and 18, when we will hold our Fall Rummage Sale! We could use your time as a volunteer, your donations for the sale, or your purchases as a customer at the sale itself!

Thank you to everyone who helped us with our May Rummage Sale! Your time truly does help us to benefit our community.

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!

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.


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.

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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 Fall Semi-Annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale: October 12-13

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The public is invited to attend our Fall Semi-Annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale at Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.  The event is coming soon:

Friday evening, October 12: 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and 

Saturday, October 13: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

It will be held at 3805 Mississippi Ave. in Davenport, IA–our home office. [map]

This sale will include many new and good used items, including—

Household items, Dishes, Bedding and linens, Glassware, Jewelry, Books, Small appliances, Furniture

Every item for sale has been screened for quality by our experienced inventory processors. These dedicated women select only the best quality items for our event.

The Fresh Start Sale was formerly held at the Scott County Fairground as an annual event. Our new office headquarters now allows us to hold a sale more frequently and with lower overhead expenses. More of our proceeds than ever before will benefit families without homes.

The sale is now featuring clothing for Children, Infants and Adults!

Because we can offer sales more frequently and process inventory on an ongoing basis, we’re now able to offer high-quality new and used clothing for all ages and sizes.

All proceeds will benefit Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. and provide transitional and permanent housing for single parent families in the Quad Cities.

 Our prices can’t be beat. Don’t miss this sale!

Tell your friends and neighbors. Bring them with you; there’s plenty of inventory. We hope that we will see you!

Enjoy a peek at what awaits you at the Fresh Start Sale. (Click on any image to see an enlarged version.)

Position announcement: Assistant Director

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Assistant Director shared position open immediately for Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter.

Minimum of three years in grant writing and grant accountability, especially with government grants. Strong skills in social services. BSW required, MSW preferred. Background in leadership, program development, networking and supervision. Understanding of budgeting in not-for-profit agencies. Team approach / collaborative concepts.

Salaried position with benefits. Resumes accepted through October 3rd. Send to swalters@netexpress.net.

Our Benefit Sale Weekend: New location for great value

2011 sale
This QC Times photo from 2011 shows the magnitude of our sale!

Our annual benefit sale has a new Davenport location this weekend: 3805 Mississippi Avenue. Our new office building and donation center is large enough to accommodate a wealth of donated items we’ll be selling from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

Our office building is located off Kimberly Avenue, between Bridge and Eastern Streets, just north of the Habitat ReStore and east of Dahl Ford.

The sale continues to carry a large selection of gently used and new items, all in working condition. Sale items include house wares, bedding, toys, jewelry, gift items, furniture, books, games and much more. This year clothing has been added to the sale. Our prices are very reasonable!

All sale proceeds help us provide housing and program services for single parents and their children who have been homeless.

There will be two sales annually, one in the spring and another in the fall.

Don’t miss our new location: View Larger Map! We hope to see you this weekend.