Homeport's Faith-Based Initiative Returns

Homeport instructor Kerrick Jackson, left, and Homebuyer Education class

Homeport instructor Kerrick Jackson, left, and Homebuyer Education class

Homebuyer Education A Big Hit At Area Churches

Of the record 869 graduates of Homeport’s Homebuyer Education courses in 2015, ten percent attended through a first-year initiative bringing the classes to area churches.

Netta Whitman

Netta Whitman

Based on that success – and feedback -- Homeport is once again offering the basics of home buying closer to individuals’ homes beginning in July. 

“It gives us a chance to go where the people are, to make it more accessible,” said Netta Whitman, Homeport’s Director of Housing Advisory Services. “We are going back to the churches we had last year because the pastors were pleased to have the partnership with Homeport.”

The locations, addresses and class dates are:

First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH, on August 6 and 13;

Oakley Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3415 El Paso Drive, Columbus, OH, Oct. 1 and 8;

Rhema Christian Center, 2100 Agler Road, Columbus, OH, Nov. 5 and 12.

In addition to the churches from last year, a fourth has been added under the programming sponsored by Fifth Third Bank Foundation.

Beginning July 16, and again September 10, The Vineyard church at 6000 Cooper Road in Westerville will also be hosting Homeport’s homebuyer education class.

All the church-based classes have limited seating and in some cases have already been sold out. Reservations are first come first served. The classes are 8 hours divided in to two different dates on consecutive Saturdays.

Homeport will continue to offer a Tuesday night class at its office, 3443 Agler Road in Columbus.

Each class, whether at the churches or at Homeport’s office, provides the critical knowledge needed to make an informed decision on buying a home.

“Are you ready to buy, credit, money management, mortgage lending, real estate, Realtors, titles, home inspection and the closing process are some of the topics that area residents will be able to learn,” said Homeport homebuyer education instructor Kerrick Jackson.

This Homebuyer Education program was financially assisted by the Fifth Third Foundation

Fifth Third Senior Vice President Stefanie Steward-Young said the bank through its Foundation is proud to partner with Homeport’s initiative to bring classes closer to residents through area churches.

“Fifth Third has a number of educational outreach programs that help consumers gain access to the tools they need to be financially successful,” Steward-Young said.  “This initiative is one example of Fifth Third’s commitment to serve our local communities and help families achieve their financial goals.”

Pastor McReynolds

Pastor McReynolds

Dr. Jonathan McReynolds, senior pastor of Oakley Full Gospel Baptist Church, said the classes were well received by his parishioners and others who attended last year. Of the 86 individuals who took classes at the churches last year, 35 were from Oakley.

“I received wonderful feedback,” McReynolds said. “They said it was very impactful to prepare to be first time homebuyers, to be financially sound, to maintain wealth and create generational wealth.”

(To learn more about Homeport homebuyer education classes click here or call 614 221-8889.)