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Mission & History

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, refugees and the elderly.

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

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


It 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.

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

Core Values
Consistent with the Sisters of Humility of Mary’s mission of bringing more abundant life to God’s people, five guiding principles serve as the foundation upon which HMH’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 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.