Homeport Happenings -- July 2017 Edition

'Veterans & Families First' Finds Home At Homeport

Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio President Dennis J. Kresak greets State Rep. Hearcel Craig, Government Advantage Group Partner John Singleton and State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent.

Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio President Dennis J. Kresak greets State Rep. Hearcel Craig, Government Advantage Group Partner John Singleton and State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent.

Volunteers of America Celebrates Program Relocation

State lawmakers, partners, friends and staff of Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio - VOAGO celebrated on June 14 the relocation of VOA's Veterans & Families First program to Homeport's building on Agler Road.

Veterans & Families First Supportive Services Manager Isaac Burton, left, greets Homeport President and CEO Bruce Luecke.

Veterans & Families First Supportive Services Manager Isaac Burton, left, greets Homeport President and CEO Bruce Luecke.

Among those attending were State Reps. Hearcel F. Craig and Bernadine Kennedy Kent of Columbus. VOA of Greater Ohio President & CEO Dennis J. Kresak officially welcomed attendees that included Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke and several other Homeport employees. 

The Veterans & Families First program provides homeless prevention services, case management, financial and educational support. It relocated from the West Side of Columbus to Homeport’s building, 3443 Agler Road, to enable its clients to be closer to other services at the nearby Veterans Affairs complex on North James Road.


American Addition Benefits From Homeport Relationship

J.P. Morgan Chase employees building flower beds.

J.P. Morgan Chase employees building flower beds.

Banking On Chase

Most work days Daniel LeBlanc is digging data for J.P. Morgan Chase. But in early June, bank analyst LeBlanc was digging dirt -- one of ten Chase Polaris Campus employees beautifying historic American Addition’s community garden.

“We’re pretty excited about contributing to the community. We enjoy doing this and it’s a great opportunity to step away from the desk,” LeBlanc said.

The June 9 landscaping by Chase employees was coordinated by Homeport as part of its overall redevelopment of American Addition. 

Chase employees and Marie Moreland-Short on the edge of the American Addition community garden.

Chase employees and Marie Moreland-Short on the edge of the American Addition community garden.

The long-neglected 120-year-old Northeast Columbus community is enjoying a re-birth with new, affordable homes build by Homeport, infrastructure from the City of Columbus and resident activism.

American Addition advocate Marie Moreland-Short was thrilled by the Chase employee interest in her community and gave the bank volunteers a lesson on her community.


Homeport Hires Veteran Grant Writer

Ruth Sternberg

Ruth Sternberg

Ruth Sternberg has been hired as Grant Writer for Homeport.

Ruth was grant development coordinator for four years at Columbus State Community College and previously wrote grants and other communications as an independent contractor.  

Ruth has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University, and Master's degree in History from Kent State University. She is a former staff writer at The Columbus Dispatch and was Founding Editor of the New Standard, a community newspaper.

Ruth began at Homeport on June 26 and reports to Laverne Price, the organization's Senior Director of Resource Development. 


Bank Of America Provides Grant To Support Family Stability

Bank of America Senior Vice Presidents Johnathan Northup, second from left, and Jennifer Hurd, second from right. 

Bank of America Senior Vice Presidents Johnathan Northup, second from left, and Jennifer Hurd, second from right. 

Homeport's Resident Services Initiatives Get Boost

Bank of America executives delivered a $5,000 grant on June 20 to Homeport in support of its Resident Services department. Resident Services play a pivotal role in accessing eviction prevention funds and other family stability programs including food assistance, financial coaching and childcare.

Bank of America Senior Vice Presidents Johnathan Northup and Jennifer Hurd presented the check.

Greeting them were Laverne Price, far left in photo, Homeport Senior Director of Resource Development, Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, center, and Alex Romstedt, far right, Homeport's Director of Resident Services.


Homeport Community Hosts 'Tobacco-Free Collaborative'

Columbus Public Health’s Smoke Free Initiatives Program Manager Amber C. Jones, left, addresses Tobacco-Free Collaborative.

Columbus Public Health’s Smoke Free Initiatives Program Manager Amber C. Jones, left, addresses Tobacco-Free Collaborative.

Teen Smoking, Infant Mortality Updates Provided At Elim Manor

Representatives of the 50-member Tobacco-Free Collaborative gathered on June 14 at Homeport’s Elim Manor apartment community to hear an update on smoking by teen-agers.

Statistics from The Ohio State University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science show that more high school students are using electronic cigarettes than traditional cigarettes. 

A presentation was also provided on the Celebrate One initiative established to fight infant mortality.

Homeport is a member of the Collaborative and has had a smoke-free policy for its apartments, homes and properties since 2014. Participating in the Collaborative meeting were Homeport Supportive Services Manager Lawrence Furst II and Homeport Service Coordinator Jill Guinan.