AEP Boosts Emerald Glen Plans

Power Company's Foundation Aids Community Center Expansion

When registration opened for after school programming this fall at Emerald Glen, the demand far exceeded the space available in the community center of the Homeport apartment development.

“We had a massive wait list when we were enrolling for this fall,” said Katie Van Keuls, a Homeport youth development coordinator.

Designs exist for the expansion of Emerald Glen’s community center.  The only thing stopping it is funding. But a major breakthrough has occurred. Thanks to the American Electric Power Foundation, a long-time supporter of Homeport, it is now almost one third of the way there.

The power company foundation has announced a grant of $50,000 for early 2016.

“The American Electric Power Foundation is pleased to support Homeport and the expansion of its Emerald Glen community center,” said Teresa McWain, the Foundation's executive director. “From offering homework help to summer programs, Homeport is meeting basic needs to improve lives one family and one child at a time.”

 Marsh Run Community Center

 Marsh Run Community Center

Emerald would be the third community center serving Homeport children to have benefited from an AEP Foundation grant, joining previous property enhancements at Marsh Run and Pheasant Run.

“AEP’s generosity and care for the community is remarkable,” said Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben. “It is truly making a difference in the lives of our children. With these grant funds we are on the way to better serving nearly 300 children in the Emerald Glen community. We hope word of AEP’s grant will inspire others in the community to step up, to fill the gap.”

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Columbus Emerging Professionals donated their time in 2014, through The Weight of Architecture project, to design the community center expansion at Emerald Glen. The renovation, estimated cost of $158,874, creatively re-purposes the current 1799 square foot building and adds 416 square feet of use.

“Hearing that children must be turned away daily due to lack of space is heartbreaking,” said Susan Earp, AIA Board member and a Homeport Young Professional, after she and others completed the design.

Individuals or companies interested in donating to the renovation of the Emerald Glen Community Center should contact Debbie Catri, Homeport’s Director of Philanthropy Operations, at (614) 545-4823, or debbie.catri@homeportohio.org.