Urgent Need!

We are in need of baby cribs and toddler beds for new families that have recently moved into the Humility of Mary Housing Program. If you have a clean, gently used crib or toddler bed, with all the parts and hardware, please consider donating it to us.

Donations are received at the Fresh Start Donation Center, Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm, 3805 Mississippi Ave, in Davenport. Please call Patti at 563-326-1330 for more information. Thank you!

Former HMHI participant leads drive to collect pantry items

Sheila Parker

Sheila Parker organized a drive to collect pantry items for HMHI families and Shelter participants at her employment, Shell Gas Station on Brady in Davenport.

Sheila Parker is a single parent of four daughters. During a challenging time in her life in 2007, Sheila found Humility of Mary Housing as a resource to help stabilize her housing situation, support her in raising her daughters, and find encouragement to return to school. Today, Sheila has degrees as a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) and Medical Assistant (MA). She sustains two careers – – working at the Shell Gas Station at 3622 N. Brady in Davenport and running her own business providing home-based support with the elderly. Three of Sheila’s four daughters have graduated from college. Her youngest will graduate soon.

Since the day after Thanksgiving, Sheila and other staff at the Shell Gas Station at 3622 N. Brady Street in Davenport have collected household and clothes items for Housing and Shelter participants. Over the last two weeks, Shell Gas Station collected six large totes of items, valued at over $400.00!

“I just wanted to help make sure Humility of Mary participants had all the things I had during my rough time,” Sheila said.
We sincerely thank the Shell Gas Station for support, Sheila for leadership and generosity and all their customers who contributed for their holiday spirit. They will directly enrich the lives of those who are in need.

Shelter opens new clothing, supply distribution center for participants

Fresh Start Corner Closet

A team from Quad City Bank & Trust and QCR Holdings, Inc. stands proudly after establishing the new Fresh Start Corner Closet location.

We’ve set up a new program to distribute clothing and personal supplies to people in need at our emergency shelter. We’ve called this new center our Fresh Start Corner Closet. It’s stocked with much-needed seasonal clothing and toiletries that have been donated to us by people, businesses and agencies in the Quad Cities.

welcome to the corner closet

Folks feel welcome immediately in the nicely decorated Fresh Start Corner Closet.

We opened this new center for the first time at 8 am on Monday, December 4…right on schedule. The Closet served 60 participants in the first 5 days of operation! It’s located on the same block as our shelter, but in a different building. That provides new space and allows for a more organized approach to distribution of these basics.

Fresh Start Corner Closet

Participants appreciate a place to sit and rest as they wait to receive services.

A phenomenal volunteer team from Quad City Bank & Trust and QCR Holdings, Inc. helped move the supplies from the basement storage closet at Shelter to the new location. In just three hours the team boxed and moved all the stock, dismantled and reassembled all the shelving, and sorted and restocked this clothing pantry. This was a Herculean effort and we are so grateful for their help!

Fresh Start Corner Closet

Seasonal clothing is so appreciated by people who have none. Your donations are welcome!

We are eager for volunteers to help us staff the Closet. And, we welcome donations of clean, usable used and new clothing for adults. Personal hygiene supplies are also in demand. To find out how you can donate or volunteer to help, call Patti at 563-326-1330.

A Fresh Start for One Local Veteran

a fresh start for local vetFor many of us, the holiday season and approaching New Year represent a time for reflection and to make preparations for a fresh start.  For Scott (fictitious name), his fresh start has been several years in the making and culminated this month in successfully moving out of our housing program!

There is a lot of activity on Wall Street, Amazon.com, and shopping malls preparing for the holiday season and 2018. We are also experiencing high demand for services at our Shelter and requests for housing assistance. Since July 1 there have been 10,231 over-night stays in our women’s and men’s shelter. Fifty-two different families contacted our Housing Office for housing assistance and referrals in October.

Housing rights advocates and homeless services organizations like Humility of Mary understand homeless shelters are not the solution to ending homelessness. Homeless shelters are expensive to operate and manage. And similar to jails / prisons, juvenile detention centers, hospital emergency rooms, behavior health units, homeless shelters too often provide the last refuge for persons who have “fallen through the cracks.”

But for many experiencing a critical housing crisis, shelters like Humility of Mary Shelter are life-saving. Our first priority is to offer safety, stability, and trust. We ask questions later. Low-barrier shelters like ours provide a place to receive unconditional support to help repair damaged relationships of the past and the foundation and stepping stones to developing a fresh start.

Scott is a US Military Veteran. He has struggled with substance use and mental health challenges.

Scott has been living in HMSI’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program for 4 years. There, he worked on goals, such as going back to work, reconnecting with family and maintaining sobriety. Scott’s Service Coordinators brought wrap-around services to him, in his own safe apartment. Now, he is benefiting from those multiple contacts and relationships with Shelter, veterans’ programs, our Permanent Supportive Housing Program, and Davenport Housing Authority.

4 Years Prep for Fresh Start

After four years of being on Davenport’s Section 8 waiting list, and making progress on addressing his goals, Scott moved into his own apartment the first week of December.  Scott will remain in contact with his Humility of Mary Service Coordinator. He’s well on his way to long-term stability with a good paying job and a fresh start to 2018.

Congratulations Scott!  May your Fresh Start in 2018 be blessed and supported by those who love you and those you love.

Roman Catholic Bishop Zinkula Visits Shelter

Bishop Zinkula

Shelter Program Director Christie Adamson tours Bishop Thomas Zinklua through the Shelter. (Photo: Barb Arland-Fye) )

On October 30, 2017 Bishop Thomas Zinkula visited and toured the Cafe on Vine, our neighbor and partner that provides free afternoon lunches to our neighbors and participants,. During his time at the agency, the Bishop chatted with lunch guests and community leaders, greeted volunteers, served hot meals, and helped clean tables during the regular afternoon lunch.

October 30 Shelter Visit

Following the visit at the Cafe, Bishop Zinkula took a brief stroll with Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM and other neighbors. Next on his agenda was a tour of our Humility of Mary Shelter, located just one street south. There, staff familiarized him with the work of the Shelter.

Bishop Zinkula assumed his leadership role in the Davenport Roman Catholic Diocese in June 2017. This event marked his first official visit to our CCC neighborhood.

Bishop Zinkula at soup kitchen

Bishop Zinkula goes into the kitchen of the Cafe on Vine with Waunita Sullivan, Cafe on Vine Director. (Photo: Barb Arland-Fye)

We welcome Bishop Zinkula to Davenport and look forward to his ministry with all of us!

Your Christmas giving will brighten lives

Christmas giving

Shelter’s Christmas giving program gives you the chance to made a difference for someone at Christmas time.

As the season of giving approaches, everyone looks forward to Christmas. We have opportunities for you to make a difference to a stranger in need this season.

We at Humility of Mary Shelter would like donors to provide $20 gift cards specifically from Dollar Tree Stores. Dollar Tree Stores are close to Davenport bus routes. Gift cards will allow Shelter participants to choose their own Christmas present. Why would we promote this? It’s for an important reason: for people experiencing homelessness, life feels very out of control. By gifting them with a gift card, you provide not only a gift but also the ability for them to choose what they want. This becomes a ‘hidden’ gift: restoring a bit of control over their own lives to people who don’t have a home.

Humility of Mary Shelter will need 175 $20 gift cards from the Dollar Tree for their participants in both the emergency shelter and the veterans programs. We are hoping that the public will help us make Christmas merry for all of our program participants.

Christmas giving for those who love children

Humility of Mary Housing would like to provide presents for their families with children. The theme for their Christmas giving is: Something that I want, Something that I need, Something that I’ll wear and Something that I’ll read. Registration to sponsor one family this Christmas is underway. To sponsor Christmas presents for a family experiencing homelessness, contact Patti at 563-326-1330. She will find you a family that matches your ability to give.

Practical Details

Santa needs to plan his route! So, we’d like to receive Christmas donations by December 11. Bring all donations to 3805 Mississippi Ave. in Davenport from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8 AM-4 PM. For questions and clarifications on the Christmas giving programs for Humility of Mary Shelter and Humility of Mary Housing, call Patti at 563-326-1330.

We Still Believe…

Housing Now march

We’re still in the fight for decent housing.

We Still Believe ….Parents want the very best for their children and at times may need assistance in finding a home, good paying jobs to afford housing, while continuing their personal and professional growth …..

We Still Believe …. Families fleeing violent situations in their homes need a safe place to heal, restore relationships, and rebuild a sense of home ….

We Still Believe . . . Persons with limited physical and mental abilities, who are struggling to earn enough money to afford market rate housing, need a safe place to lie their head at night ….

We Still BelieveWe Still Believe …. Veterans who come home with visible and invisible scars and struggle to reconnect with their home community, families and friends still need a place to call home ….

We Still Believe . . . Governments and the private sector share a responsibility to work together to help build good, quality affordable housing, in safe vibrant neighborhoods.

 

Humility of Mary Shelter and Humility of Mary Housing to Merge

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Humility of Mary Shelter is slated to merge with Humility of Mary Housing.

Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. and Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. are merging. The goal is to fully integrate operations of both organizations by July 1, 2018. Combined, Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. and Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. have worked to secure safe, stable housing for 5,952 adults and 2,442 children in their respective histories.

With the decision to merge, the Board of Directors of both agencies remain committed to the social justice principles on which the Congregation of the Humility of Mary sisters established both organizations.

In December 2016, members of both agency Boards established a unified board. A Transition Team consisting of Board members and staff began to work with consultants Patricia Shea and Chuck Roberson to identify key issues related to the merger process.

In August 2017, the Unified Board signed a two-year contract with Mission + Strategy, a Chicago-based consulting firm specializing in mergers and consolidations of human services organizations.

Agencies’ Histories

In 1987, Sisters of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary met with community leaders and residents to discuss pressing social justice issues and community needs. This group considered the need for more housing opportunities for the very poor and homeless. On October 7, 1989, the Sisters organized a Quad City pilgrimage to Washington, DC to participate in the National March to End Homelessness. They joined tens of thousands, marching to protest the shortage of decent, affordable housing.

The Sisters returned to Davenport intent upon making a difference in the Quad Cities. A year later they established Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. Over the years it grew, providing housing and services to single parent families.

Almost 20 years later, in 2008, residents of Davenport learned the John Lewis Shelter needed significant building improvements and faced steep financial problems. Without an operator, the shelter would close within 30 days. Following an urgent community-wide meeting of local stakeholders, the Sisters considered a possible role. With the promise of Quad City financial support, the Congregation formed a new corporation. Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc.opened on September 21, 2008. With the help of supporters and donors from the Quad City area and across the country, it has remained open every day since!

Agency leaders are confident that the merger builds upon the foundation of the 1989 pilgrimage to Washington, DC and all subsequent work and progress. The struggle to provide decent, safe and affordable housing continues.

Thank a Quad City Veteran for Veterans Day

thank a veteran

Show your appreciation to a Quad City veteran for Veterans Day. We’ll make it easy for you.

We are commemorating Veterans Day on Friday – Saturday, November 10 and 11.  Humility of Mary Shelter offers housing and supportive services for 25 Veterans and their children through our Veterans Accessing Long Term Opportunities and Resources (VALOR) Program and 13 Veterans at our Shelter.  We pray for the safety and well-being of all current members of the armed services and their families.
We also encourage you to reach out to Veterans participating in Humility of Mary programs.  Please send a card of thanks, support, encouragement, solidarity to our Veterans.  You can send cards to “Dear Veteran” c/o Humility of Mary Shelter, 1016 W. 5th St., Davenport, IA 52802 ATTN: Christie Adamson, Director of Programs.