Local governmental and business leaders joined Humility of Mary Housing to challenge supporters to match a major gift. Bobby Kehl, of Kehl Management, has personally pledged to contribute $50,000 a year for Humility of Mary Housing for the coming five years, a total of $250,000. With Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, Kehl joined Julie Bockenstedt, HMHI Executive Director, to call upon the public to match the Kehl donation over the coming five years.
Matching the Kehl Gift
HMHI hopes to inspire and challenge Quad City citizens and businesses to match the Kehl donation each year with new and increased donations.
“Donations from the community are incredibly important,” emphasized HMHI executive director Julie Bockenstedt.
“The grant funding is unpredictable now. It is also shrinking and so we depend on the community to help with the good work we are doing and helping people who are homeless quickly move into permanent housing.”
Coalition of Community Concern
Mayor Bill Gluba directly invited Kehl to consider the generous pledge by personally touring him through various agencies that assist people experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty in Davenport, including HMHI. Bobby Kehl responded in keeping with the tradition of his family, citing the example of his parents Bob and Ruth who always made giving a top priority.
“Their legacy includes not only the partnerships they have with nonprofits across the state, but also the Kehl Diabetes Center of Unitypoint Health-Finley and the Robert & Ruth Kehl Center at Clarke University [of Dubuque, IA],” stated Kehl.
Kehl expressed his hopes for the success of the HMHI campaign:
Of course, one donation can only go so far. We’re excited about this challenge and the opportunity for you to do even more for the community. On behalf of my entire family, we wish you the best of luck in reaching your goal.
Responding to the Kehl Gift Challenge
Donations to the challenge can be made on this website, using the DONATE NOW button, or by check to HMHI’s office. Donation increases from current supporters and all donations from new supporters will count toward fulfilling the donation challenge.
Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. values its partnership with community leaders and members. By providing essential services to the most vulnerable in the Quad Cities, we build a stronger future. Your support makes that possible.