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.


Extern Thanks HMHI and Warms Our Hearts

rose of thanks
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 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

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 into the browser on your PC, tablet or phone.