State Bar Foundation Honors Michael Kelley
The Ohio State Bar Foundation has recognized Homeport Board member Michael Kelley for community service both in leadership and hands-on opportunities.
In a ceremony on April 4, the Foundation saluted Kelley’s leadership with Homeport and its mission of providing safe, affordable housing, connecting residents to social services and revitalizing neighborhoods.
The Foundation’s Community Service Award for Attorneys Under 40 also recognized Kelley for his trustee position at St. Stephen’s Community House and hands-on work with Big Brother/Big Sisters, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Legal Aid Society.
The award is for volunteer service outside the recipient’s area of practice. A law school graduate from the University of Notre Dame, Kelley is a vice president of Donald W. Kelley & Associates, a Columbus-based real estate company started by his grandfather, Don Kelley, a founder of Homeport. Michael’s father, Tim, is a past Board chair of Homeport.
Homeport Benefactor Honored By YWCA
Longtime Homeport supporter Dorothy Cage Evans was honored in April with a Women of Achievement award from the YWCA of Columbus. Cage Evans was one of six honorees at a fund-raising luncheon program held on April 5 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Her Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands program -- that she co-founded in 2006 with her husband Hank Evans, a Homeport Board member -- has helped more than 250 young adults prepare for college, including 29 from Homeport. The students are schooled in "stepping off to college" skills, from learning how to keep a checkbook, to the importance of networking and leadership. They also receive laptop computers with Microsoft software and scholarships.
Cage Evans has a long history of volunteer services, including 50 years with the American Cancer Society where she focused on health education for elementary age students. She is also a charter member of the Women's Service Board at the Kings Arts Complex.
The YWCA luncheon event raised funds for homeless women. Cage Evans is a member of the YWCA's 32nd Women of Achievement class. She was inducted on stage by Kathy Espy, a 1998 Women of Achievement honoree.
Doctor Sandel returns
Nationally recognized pediatric physician and scholar Dr. Megan Sandel of Boston was back in Columbus on April 10, speaking at a conference sponsored by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio.
Dr. Sandel was a keynote speaker for the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio when it kicked off its efforts in 2015. Homeport is an Alliance member.
Dr. Sandel is an authority on how substandard or overcrowded housing, concentrated poverty and unsafe neighborhoods can affect the health of residents -- particularly children, and that affordable and safe housing can be like a vaccine against an assortment of illnesses, from asthma to lead poisoning.
Among those who had an opportunity to meet up with Dr. Sandel on her return to Columbus was Homeport Director of Philanthropy Julie Naporano.
"Dr. Sandel said 'there is no greater predictor of health than where you live,' and if low income families can have an affordable place to live, along with supportive services, then we can help solve chronic homelessness," Naporano recalled. "In Central Ohio, this is the work of Homeport." To learn more, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeport Housing Advisory Services counselor Isabel Giles was interviewed on April 13 for a segment of “My American Home and Its Industry,” a new Central Ohio-based real estate television show that airs on on Spanish language network affiliate Telemundo Columbus.
Isabel was interviewed in the offices of Homeport by show host Marvic Titus, an area Realtor.
Isabel talked about Homeport and its credit counseling, foreclosure prevention and home buyer education services and classes. Isabel's interview is expected to air on May 27. The show runs weekly at 11 a.m. on Saturdays on Spectrum Cable 803 and on broadcast channel 17.1.
La consejera de Servicios de Asesoría de Vivienda de Homeport, Isabel Giles, fue entrevistada el 13 de abril para un segmento de "My American Home and Its Industry", un nuevo programa de televisión de bienes raíces en Ohio basado en la filial de la red de habla hispana Telemundo Columbus.
Isabel fue entrevistada en las oficinas de Homeport por el presentador Marvic Titus, un área de Realtor.
Isabel habló sobre Homeport y su asesoría de crédito, prevención de ejecución hipotecaria y servicios de educación para compradores de vivienda. Se espera que la entrevista de Isabel salga al aire el 27 de mayo. El programa se ejecuta semanalmente a las 11 de la mañana los sábados en Spectrum Cable 803 y en el canal de TV 17.1.
Homeport Participates In Minority Health Hearing
Homeport Supportive Services Manager Lawrence Furst II on April 25 expressed support for the Office of Minority Health program with Columbus Public Health. Homeport was one of 10 organizations participating in the special hearing conducted by Columbus Council President Pro-Tem Priscilla Tyson.
Homeport has worked very closely with Columbus Public Health since 2014 in creating a smoke free environment in its multi-family and single family residences. In recent months Homeport has also worked closely with Columbus Public Health in educating and providing cribs to residents to help reduce infant mortality. To see the hearing, click here.