An easy way to help us promote our big sale

This weekend is the sale you’ve awaited all winter! Our semi-annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale May 17-18 from 8 AM-4 PM each day features great merchandise at bargain prices. Best of all: all the proceeds benefit the participants of our housing program–children and their single parents who need a home.

Please help us advertise the sale by downloading and printing up this flier. Post it at work or on public notice boards:

Fresh Start Sale flier


It’s easy; here’s how–

Click this flier link and the flier will automatically download. When you mouse over the flier, click the “Print file” icon that appears [it looks like a printer!]:

adobe print icon

and your printer will produce a hard copy.

We really appreciate your help. The more people who know about our sale, the more they will access great bargains and contribute their support to homeless families at the same time.

Hope we’ll see you on Friday and/or Saturday. If you’re available to volunteer at the sale, please call our office. Stop in to shop and bag a wonderful bargain while helping people in need.

Fresh Start Benefit Sale: May 17-18

HMHI Benefit Sale
The annual HMHI benefit sale is May 17-18.

The semi-annual Fresh Start Sale is May 17-18. With twenty-two years of satisfied customers, the Fresh Start sale has evolved and grown through time. It now takes place at our agency headquarters at 3805 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport, Iowa [map]. Proceeds from the sale benefit Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. program participants–single parent families who are homeless.

Watch this space for information on hours of the sale. We are still accepting donations of gently used clothing, household items, furniture, small appliances, craft items, and more. Bring donations to our office during our business hours (M-F, 8 AM-4 PM). Large items may be delivered directly to the loading dock on the south side of the building. Call ahead to schedule your donation arrival if you would like assistance with the unloading process.

Successful fall sale capped by Quad City Times support

photo credit Quad City Times
Photo Credit: Quad City Times, Jeff Cook. Shoppers loved the bargains at last weekend’s Fall Fresh Start Sale. Proceeds benefited our HMHI programs.

The semi-annual fall sale last weekend cleared lots of merchandise from our warehouse, sending it to new homes in the Quad Cities. The rummage sale of items donated to Humility of Mary Housing will benefit the programs that empower single parent families that are in need of homes. This was the first fall Fresh Start Sale at our new agency headquarters, a building that we moved into just one year ago.

We’re always grateful to communicate our message to the wider community and let the Quad Cities know about the great work we’re doing to make our area a better, more productive place to live. So we were blessed to receive coverage in the Quad City Times in an article by Jennifer DeWitt.

Gertrude Vogel and Sue Purcell
Gertrude Vogel (left) and Sue Purcell sort donations to use and sell at the Fresh Start Sale.

DeWitt’s article focused on the origins of the Fresh Start Sale. What is now grown into a huge event had humble beginnings in the garage of Gertrude Vogel, long-time volunteer at HMHI. Gertrude is still a daily visitor at HMHI who maintains a lively interest and involvement in the sale.

The Times article went beyond the sale itself to explain to the public the mission that the Fresh Start Sale funds: transitional and permanent housing for single parent families. For just $35 dollars a day, we are able to support and launch a formerly homeless family, empowering them to achieve housing independence. That’s money well spent.

The Fresh Start Sale crew will now set its sights on preparations for the Spring Sale 2013.

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.

Quad City Times covers the Fresh Start Sale

The Quad City Times reporter Mary Louise Speer posted coverage of HMHI’s Fresh Start Sale in the paper yesterday:

Catholic charity sale gives families a Fresh Start by Mary Louise Speer

The sign over the door states Sister Sale, but there are no sisters for sale at the 22nd annual Fresh Start benefit sale at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Davenport.

However there are plenty of gently used items available — gleaming fine china, silverware, comforters, toys and furniture. All proceeds will support the Humility of Mary Housing program and services for single-parent families. The sale kicked off Tuesday and runs through noon Friday.

“We’ve had families tell us we’ve been able to open doors for them when many doors were closed,” said Sister Mary Ann Vogel.

Her mother, Gertrude Vogel, launched the sale in 1990 to help support the housing program. Eventually, the event outgrew the original location and now takes place at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, and Gertrude Vogel continues to support the event.

“I think the thing that’s so interesting with this sale is the volunteers,” Mary Ann Vogel said.

The list of helpers ranges from long-time volunteers, Vogel family members and youth from Arrowhead Ranch in Coal Valley, Ill., who supplied muscle power to load and unload two truckloads of items.

“There’s such a neat camaraderie with everyone,” volunteer Alice Ellison of Davenport said as she carried a brightly colored play table to the checkout for a young mother.

Ellison and other volunteers attended Catholic schools taught by sisters of the Congregation of Humility of Mary, and she recalls those years with appreciation.

“I had a good rapport with them,” she said.

The 2011 sale features an unusual collection of costume jewelry brought to the sale by Vogel’s sister who lives in Seattle. The collage of rings, earrings and necklaces originally belonged to a distributor who sold and collected the jewelry back in the 1970s. The daughter agreed to donate the jewelry to the sale, knowing the money would support a good cause, Mary Ann Vogel said.

The furniture section features dining room table sets, a wood settee, dressers and a fireplace. Volunteer Ivan TeBrake of Sun City, Ariz., said he couldn’t make up his mind on what item he would want to take home. But the fireplace, complete with mantel and equipped with sound, light and heat controls, is definitely a one-of-a-kind donation, he said.

He is married to Mary Ann Vogel’s other sister, and the summer trip is an annual pilgrimage for the couple.

“I do it for Sister Mary Ann,” he said. “But you get a lot of satisfaction.”

Mary Ann Vogel is pleased that two of this year’s onsite helpers are the granddaughters of long-time volunteers. The next generation is getting ready to help with ongoing efforts to provide transitional and permanent housing for families in need, she said.

The program operates 47 apartments for about 100 children and their parents. Originally, these families were locked in worries over finding safe places to spend the night and having enough to eat. Volunteers and staff work with the families to carve out brighter futures.

“You see the changes when there’s a stable home environment and the parents working on training and education,” she said.

Photo credit: Larry Fisher/QUAD-CITY TIMES

Fresh Start Sale donation drop-off site opens

313 West Kimberly Road
Donation Drop off site: 313 W Kimberly Road. Click photo to enlarge, for easier viewing

Our new donation drop-off site is now open for the Fresh Start Sale. We welcome you to bring items that you would like to donate for our sale to

313 W. Kimberly Road in Davenport, Iowa

The donation drop-off site hours are

9:00 AM -3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Tax receipts will be provided on-site. The new donation drop-off site opened today, July 7 and will remain open until the week prior to the August 2011 sale.

The building is conveniently located across from North Park Mall. Although the building address is West Kimberly, you access the building from Main Street.

The entrance to the building is on the south side.  If you have heavy items to deliver, there is a ramp that allows access for your vehicle to approach the front entrance. A huge parking lot in front of that ramp will give you easy access to the building, so that you can carry in small items. Please alert the volunteers who are staffing the donation drop off site if you need assistance.

Donations of new and gently-used furniture, household goods, home decor, small appliances, jewelry, crafting materials and other items are welcome. We do not include clothing or shoes at the sale.

All proceeds of the sale support the housing and services for the HMHI families. The Fresh Start Sale is our major annual fund-raising activity. We appreciate your support!

We hope that the new donation drop off center will make it easy for you to donate your no-longer-needed and gently-used items to benefit less-fortunate families.

larger area surrounding our donation drop-off site

Our Gertrude Vogel: HMHI’s generous supporter

The Quad Cities Times featured Gertrude Vogel in a full length article in the September 3 issue of the paper. Gertrude, a great sales person, is the founding force behind our annual Fresh Start Sale.

DAVENPORT — After hanging up a 10-year Fuller Brush sales career, Gertrude Vogel found a fresh start in her garage…Vogel, 90, put her sales experience to good use for the Humility of Mary Housing Inc…”We’re lucky, she can sell anything to anybody,” Sister Mary Ann Vogel said about her…

Gertrude takes the publicity in stride, pointing out with a bit of embarrassment that the photo caption overstated her involvement by identifying her a co-founder of the agency. Since Gertrude’s 21 major sales events over the years have netted over $135,000,  it is hard to overstate her importance to us at HMHI!

Thank you, Gertrude for all you do for us!

Opening Night: Fresh Start Sale Soars to Success!

All was in place for the early bird shoppers who awaited the bargains in store for them at the Fresh Start Sale, the annual fundraiser for Humility of Mary Housing, Inc..  The event continues this week at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.

The organized and clearly marked tables are still well stocked with gently-used and brand new items for sale at bargain prices.

Opening night customers paid a small admission fee and enjoyed complementary goodies, all homemade by volunteers. There is no admission fee for the remaining days of the sale: August 18-19, from 8 AM-5 PM; August 20 from 8 AM-Noon.

Furniture, houseplants, holiday items, collectibles…there is something for everyone! And the price is right!

The Fresh Start Sale is HMHI’s major annual fundraiser. All work is done by volunteers. Your purchase is a contribution that benefits homeless moms, dads, and kids.

Hope to see you at this year’s Fresh Start Sale!

Our drop-off center makes donating easy!

New this year to the Fresh Start Sale is the drop off center that accepts donations. Conveniently located at 2906 Brady Street in Davenport, it has made donating very easy to do!

The facility even has a loading dock, making transfer of furniture a relative snap.

As you can see, Highway 62 is just around the corner, so we’re right in the mainstream. And our volunteers staff the facility to help carry in donations.

Donations here are lined up, organized, boxed and ready to move to the Fairgrounds for the big sale August 17-20.

The drop-off center is open tomorrow, August 12 from 9 AM to 3 PM. If you’d like to preview furniture we have for sale, stop by then. Or you can call to make an appointment: 630-414-4173 or 563-386-7412.