Homeport Employee Profile: Jessica M. Williams

Jessica M. Williams

Jessica M. Williams

Title:  Education and Engagement Manager

Responsibilities: I currently oversee Homeport’s Community Building and Engagement programming where Homeport facilitates community events to provide residents the opportunity to engage and provide feedback on their experiences living in a Homeport community. I also oversee our Out of School Time Programming (OSTP) which includes six after school programs and summer camps and manage the partnership of any direct service agency that provides programming to our residents from OSTP to scholarship opportunities.

Jessica Williams reads to Marsh Run child in after school program.

Jessica Williams reads to Marsh Run child in after school program.

What do you like most about the organization?

I like that Homeport provides service and opportunity within its Homeport communities.  My grandmother, who recently passed, took in everyone… man, woman and child. It didn’t matter to her. Her service to her community was immeasurable, so I personally find myself fortunate that I am able to play a similar role in our service to others, especially within the education and development of youth.  Like that of my grandmother, I believe that Homeport really thinks about the comprehensive whole of a person, their families, and tries to provide them with options for success.

What have you done in your career that you are most proud of, or that people may not be aware of?

Right now I am proud of going back to school to obtain my Masters of Educational Administration. I am also proud of helping Homeport student residents prepare for college through the help of Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands program and the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation’s Jerry Grier Scholarship. Both organizations have provided Homeport the opportunity to give resident students access to the tools needed to achieve their educational and career goals they might not have otherwise, from college tuition to book fees and laptops.

Jessica Williams, right, bottom row, in 2015 with Elim Estates, Pheasant Run and Renaissance Village resident-students learning about college scholarship opportunities.

Jessica Williams, right, bottom row, in 2015 with Elim Estates, Pheasant Run and Renaissance Village resident-students learning about college scholarship opportunities.

I have always been called to helping youth. My father made my sister and I volunteer year after year and he’d say, “You cannot learn to receive until you learn to give.” Of course every year I’d find myself working with kids in some aspect. Going back to obtain my M.Ed. is one way to ensure that my career continues to service those around me, especially youth.

I love helping kids with college preparation, and providing them a place of support that they might not be able to find at home. Anytime I can offer that to someone, especially of need, it makes my day.

Favorite things I do outside of work?

Honestly, I love to cook, especially the recipes my grandmother taught me and anything new that I find on Pinterest or the Food Network. I also like to decompress/catch up on my sleep; if you ask my husband Robert, he’d say that I am a pretty laid back person. “Introverted” would probably describe me best. Outside of that I like spending time with my family, throwing get-togethers with my friends, catching up on my latest reality television shows like First Time Flippers on Do It Yourself Network and working on my The Destined Scholar project. The Destined Scholar provides college admission preparation to assist students in need with college and admission preparation from customized timelines, college searches to essay and application reviews.