A Reflection on Anne Frank, the Quad Cities and Homelessness

Anne Frank
Anne Frank

Today in history….Anne Frank and her family went into hiding. They lived for two years in a secret room inside a warehouse before being discovered and sent to concentration camps. Her diary was found two years after her death and published.

Anne and her family fled and hid to avoid the horrible events of life. Anne’s parents did what they could to protect those children. In the same way our participant parents are doing things to protect their children. In one case a mother reported that as she watched her children duck under the beds when shooting started in the street outside, she knew in that instance that she had to move, to get her children out of there.

When life around us can’t be controlled, powerful forces sometimes push us into unpleasant circumstances. At HMHI, we help catch families who are forced to flee and start over. We offer housing and support for families in crisis.

​It was late in World War II that America started to hear about the concentration camps; we didn’t know the horrors that existed for the victims of Hitler until it was too late for most. But communications keep us more informed now. We can all see that many are experiencing homeless around us. We can’t say that we don’t know.

Because we do know.

Homelessness actually affects all of us. It affects business, tourism, and it increases costs to the state that are passed on to taxpayers. But, most importantly, homelessness affects our spirit: individually as a city, as the Quad Cities, as a state and as a nation.

HMHI is here at work in the Quad Cities Area to help those in need. With your help every day we are able to house, clothe and feed these families in crisis. Each family has two years, not in a secret room, yet sheltered from the world, to rebuild their lives, to gain education and employment. Two years to regain their purpose and sense of self. With your help we are getting these families back on track, we rejoice when each family leaves us for we know our work is done.

Thank you for continuing to help support our families.

Facing Homelessness in the Quad Cities ~ Frequently Asked Questions

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. focuses exclusively on the issue of homelessness. It addresses the needs of single-parent families in the Quad Cities. The agency is well qualified to answer frequently asked questions [FAQs] about homelessness in the Quad Cities:

1). How many single-parent families in the Quad Cities seek out HMHI for services?

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. serves about 80 families each year. We receive inquiries and applications from four times as many families as we are able to place in our program. The need for affordable housing in the Quad Cities area is evident to us every day.

2.) What other agencies help homeless families in the Quad Cities?

We work with a coalition of agencies that serve populations representing the spectrum of homelessness in the Quad Cities. As participants in the continuum of care consortium, we are one of several agencies who work cooperatively to address the multiple categories of support assistance that a community of our size needs. No other agency specializes in the specialized needs of single parent families who are homeless.

3.) I’d like to donate. What do you need?

Some items our families need on a daily basis are:

  • paper goods (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, tissues)
  • cleaning supplies (trash bags, cleaning products)
  • personal hygiene products (diapers, baby wipes, personal care products)
  • food pantry items, kitchen products and dining ware
  • small household appliances, vacuum cleaners, electronics

During the Winter Holidays, the families can use support with gift-giving. At back-to-school time, the children need school supplies. During the summer, fans and window air conditioners are welcome.

For more details on usable items, see this post.

HMHI Homeless family

homeless toddler

Quad Cities and Clifford help HMHI help homeless families

Family night flier
HMHI and Clifford invite you to fun at the Family Museum

Clifford and the whole family will have fun at the Family Museum in Bettendorf on June 11 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. This special evening at the museum will include access to the exciting exhibits and activities there. But, even more exciting–we’ll entertain special guests, such as balloon artists. And, we’ll provide hot dogs and treats for all! All this for the special value admission price of only $5.

The proceeds will go to support the work of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc–a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to single-parent homeless families. Your entertainment value will also help families less fortunate.

We’d love to see you and your family at the Family Museum in Betterdorf on Saturday evening! Come, join us!

Call in your reservation to attend at 563 326-1330.