Meeting Needs
Humility of Mary Housing  began by providing transitional housing for single parent homeless families. We  have added  housing programs for seniors and low-income individuals. We also work to prevent homelessness by providing emergency assistance of food and clothing as well as rent and utility assistance.

Team Work
Ever conscious of our mission and values, we are a team of people who work together to be a compassionate presence to those in need.

Our mission flows from our founders, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary who seek “To bring more abundant life to people, especially the poor.” The Sisters have ministered in Northeast Ohio and other parts of the country for amore than 150 years.

Years of Experience We have been doing housing and supportive services for more than twenty five years beginning with H.M.Life Opportunity Services in Akron, Ohio in 1987.

Humility of Mary Housing staff works with others in the system who are providing quality housing and support services to those in need. By working together we improve the quality of the  services we deliver to those in need.

By using  resources efficiently we have been able to expand our services in Northeastern Ohio communities to those in need of our assistance.


Sisters of the Humility of Mary

Sisters of the Humility of Mary

Since 1854 the Sisters of the Humility of Mary have provided housing, education and healthcare services for children, immigrants and refugees and the elderly.

Humility of Mary Housing Ministry serves as one of many expressions of the mission of the Sisters “of bringing abundant life to God’s people, especially the poor.”

HMHI traces its history and commonly held values back to the unified mission of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary.

Our History

In 1987, H.M. Life Opportunity Services began providing housing and supportive services to homeless, single parent families in the Akron area.  At the same time, Villa Maria Residential Services, a 37 unit apartment, was built on the grounds at the Sisters’ Villa Maria Community Center, located between New Castle, Pennsylvania and Youngstown, Ohio, to provide housing for seniors.   

Humility of Mary Housing Programs was formed in 1988 to enhance, support and expand the overall housing ministry of the Sisters.  In 1995 its name was changed to Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.  This became the foundation upon which the Humility of Mary Housing Ministry was established and upon which it continues to grow.  

The Humility of Mary Housing mission is to promote and strengthen the self-sufficiency of individuals and families, especially the poor, through supportive services and quality housing. It is a mission shared with the Sisters themselves to bring a more abundant life to others.

Since its beginning in 1987, Humility of Mary Housing has grown to where it is now providing housing and supportive services in four northeastern Ohio counties: Lorain, Cuyahoga, Summit and Trumbull. Local communities being served include Wellington, Lorain, Garfield Heights, Northfield Center, Akron, Girard and Youngstown.


Humility of Mary HousingIt takes more than providing a home to end homelessness. That’s why Humility of Mary Housing strives to extend opportunity and hope to those in need.

Through our Caring Compass program we concentrate on achieving four major outcomes: (1) Avoid a return to homelessness (2) Obtain educational and job training skills necessary to achieve and maintain independence (3) Increase employment opportunities leading to enhanced financial well-being and (4) Achieve better physical and mental health.

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Core Values

Consistent with the Sisters of Humility of Mary’s mission of bringing more abundant life to God’s people, six guiding principles serve as the foundation upon which HMHI’s mission and vision are based.


We affirm the uniqueness of each person.

We believe in the dignity, worth and potential of every person.

We appreciate diversity in interactions with board members, colleagues, and participants.

We actively listen to and communicate with others.

We promote and encourage self-sufficiency.


We adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards.

We demonstrate honesty and candor in our relationships.

We expect accountability and transparency at all organizational levels.

We make decisions in keeping with the trust and responsibility the public affords us.


We will practice responsible stewardship of our environment and the use of all our resources.

We strive for fairness in all our actions.

We demonstrate transparency in our business relationships.

We vigorously advocate for homelessness prevention.


We believe in collaboration with organizations within the communities we serve.

We seek to collaborate with individuals and organizations in order to achieve our mission of service to those in need.

We strive for the highest level of teamwork throughout our organization.

We work with each other in a spirit of collegiality.

We work cooperatively across boundaries of organizations, functions, and disciplines.


We are never satisfied with the status quo.

We believe in opportunities that challenge and support our participants to live full, abundant lives.

We have an unwavering commitment to excellence of service while growing our business.

We encourage and support the professional growth of staff.

We offer personal and professional growth for organizational volunteers.


We reflect humility and empathy in our services to others.

We do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

We place the highest priority on providing participant-centered services.

We serve all our participants with a caring attitude.

We view compassion as the manifestation of our mission.

Humility of Mary Housing promotes and strengthens the self-sufficiency of individuals and families,
especially the poor, through advocacy, supportive services and quality housing.

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