Ascentra creates $60,000 grant for Humility Homes 

Members of Ascentra’s executive team and board of directors present Humility Homes & Services, Inc. (HHSI) leadership with $60,000 in checks at their Jubilee Campus in Davenport in February. The contribution will be used to help HHSI achieve housing stability for 900 individuals and families annually.  Pictured, from left, are: Beth Grabin, Ascentra CFO; Jennifer Naeve, Ascentra SVP and CMO; Megan Brown-Saldana, HHSI director of donor relations; Aaron Conner, Ascentra SVP of operations; Sister Mary Ann Vogel, Congregation of Humility of Mary, HHSI board member; Shelly Ridgeway, Ascentra EVP and COO; Ashley Velez, HHSI executive director; Larry Ridenour, Ascentra board vice-chairperson; Ascentra President and CEO Linda Andry; and Tom Gibbs, Ascentra board chairperson. CREDIT ASCENTRA CREDIT UNION 

Ascentra Credit Union and the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation have established a $60,000 grant to be dispersed over three years to Humility Homes & Services, Inc. (HHSI) to assist in achieving housing stability and accessible affordable housing for those in need.

“We are honored to be a partner in Humility Homes & Services’ mission,” Ascentra President and CEO Linda Andry said in a news release. “Their approach to addressing critical needs of our community is not only impressive and impactful but well thought out and developed in a way to help the most amount of people in the most efficient manner.”

Ascentra’s gift will help HHSI’s plans to achieve housing stability for 900 individuals and families annually, ensure 20% of its housing units are accessible for those with physical disabilities, maintain safety and quality for 100% of their housing units, move emergency shelter participants to permanent housing within 45 days, and decrease the average length of stay in supportive housing from four years to three. 

This will leave a lasting impact on the Quad Cities community by lowering the cost for non-housing systems like jails and healthcare systems by $1.9 million annually, the release said.

On average, HHSI serves 350 people and families per night between its shelters and housing programs. 

Beyond the numbers, HHSI’s impact is about addressing the needs of the community. The group is dedicated to serving the most vulnerable individuals and families, including a disproportionate number of racial or ethnic minorities as compared to the general population in the Quad Cities. 

In addition, 63% of HHSI participants report at least one debilitating disability, which may include mental health issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), physical disabilities and more. HHSI commits to providing support, shelter and resources to those facing such challenges and is dedicated to building a more inclusive and compassionate community in the Quad Cities. Since July 2023, HHSI has provided for 1,032 people, 172 children under the age of 17, and 180 veterans and their families with a track record of 46% of participants exiting their services to permanent homes.

“We are deeply grateful for the generous donation from Ascentra Credit Union,” HHSI Executive Director Ashley Velez said in the release. “Their support will directly impact our mission to provide housing and services to those in need in our community. This partnership exemplifies the power of collaboration in creating positive change, and we look forward to the impact we can make together.”

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