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.

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