Homeport Happenings: September 2018

OHFA salutes Homeport

  Homeport's Housing Advisory Services' Layden Hale, Isabel Giles, Netta Whitman and Kerrick Jackson.

Homeport's Housing Advisory Services' Layden Hale, Isabel Giles, Netta Whitman and Kerrick Jackson.

Homeport's Housing Advisory Services team was runner-up statewide as the top outside provider of services working with Ohio Housing Finance Agency clients. Homeport in 2017 provided 339 one-on-one, over the phone counseling sessions to individuals who have taken online home buyer education tests from OHFA. The No. 2 recognition -- based on 30 participating organizations throughout Ohio -- came at a special OHFA partner luncheon program on Aug. 22 at Huntington Park baseball stadium in Downtown Columbus.


Golfers Blister Course For Homeport

  Matt Gregory, Andy Dutcher, Philip Bird, and Brian Irwin posted a "scramble" team score of 57 -- 15 under par -- to win the sixth annual charity golf tournament for Homeport organized by Columbus Commercial Industrial Investment Realtors (CCIIR). Held at Cumberland Trail Golf Club, the July 26 event drew close to 100 participants.

Matt Gregory, Andy Dutcher, Philip Bird, and Brian Irwin posted a "scramble" team score of 57 -- 15 under par -- to win the sixth annual charity golf tournament for Homeport organized by Columbus Commercial Industrial Investment Realtors (CCIIR). Held at Cumberland Trail Golf Club, the July 26 event drew close to 100 participants.


Labor Day Celebration

  Fifteen residents of Homeport's Victorian Heritage senior community on North High Street in the University District got an early jump on Labor Day, coming together on Aug. 30 for a picnic style event. The residents ate amazing food, much prepared/donated by Property Manager Natasha Roserie. They also shared sunshine and games of BINGO.

Fifteen residents of Homeport's Victorian Heritage senior community on North High Street in the University District got an early jump on Labor Day, coming together on Aug. 30 for a picnic style event. The residents ate amazing food, much prepared/donated by Property Manager Natasha Roserie. They also shared sunshine and games of BINGO.


Romstedt Graduates OSU Leadership Program

  Alex Romstedt

Alex Romstedt

Homeport Director of Resident Services Alex Romstedt has received a Leadership in Human Service Management certificate from The Ohio State University College of Social Work.

"I learned about my leadership style, supervision and mindfulness techniques, budgeting and fundraising, program evaluation, as well as principals of ethical leadership," Romstedt said. "The program also allowed me to identify my strengths as a leader, and showed me ways from which I could build on them. "

The program ran from January through August.


Transportation Conversation Runs Through Homeport

  Prendeville Conference Room at Homeport

Prendeville Conference Room at Homeport

"Equitable transportation options and the impacts on housing and the workplace" was the topic of discussion when 13 leaders and activists gathered at Homeport  on Aug. 29 as part of the annual "Big Table" program organized by The Columbus Foundation. The Big Table is designed to strengthen and connect Columbus through conversations.

Participants in the Homeport-held conversation included Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, Columbus City Councilmember Emanuel Remy, Mid Ohio Regional Planning Council Director of Planning & Environment Kerstin Carr, COTA Board Chair Trudy Bartley and United Way of Central Ohio President & CEO Lisa Courtice.

Also participating were President & CEO of YWCA Columbus Christine Angel,  Founder & CEO of Empower Bus Aslyne Rodriguez, Board Chair of Transit Columbus Elissa Schneider,  LimeBike Central Ohio Operations Manager Kyle Bivenour, Executive Director of JP Morgan Chase and Homeport Board Member Anthony Anzic, Columbus Chamber of Commerce Jeff Zimmerman Vice President of Sales, and Executive Director of Yay Bikes! Catherine Girves.


Homeport Senior VP Chosen For 'Leadership Columbus'

  Jim Baugh

Jim Baugh

Homeport Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development Jim Baugh has been included in the Class of 2019 for Leadership Columbus

The ten-month program is considered among the nation's best in educating, empowering, equipping and preparing community leaders. More than 2,500 individuals have graduated from Leadership Columbus since its inception in 1974.

Baugh is one of 65 participants in the latest program that includes a two-day retreat in September.


Return of Cristo Rey

  For the second consecutive year, Homeport will have student interns from Cristo Rey Columbus High School. Zahara Alkbar, Hadja Difour, Regina Loayza and Kyah Durham were chosen in a "draft style" program by several Central Ohio organizations. The students assignments will range from filing to data entry to participating in team meetings.

For the second consecutive year, Homeport will have student interns from Cristo Rey Columbus High School. Zahara Alkbar, Hadja Difour, Regina Loayza and Kyah Durham were chosen in a "draft style" program by several Central Ohio organizations. The students assignments will range from filing to data entry to participating in team meetings.


Mammogram Truck Visits Hamilton Crossing

  Hamilton Crossing residents and Homeport and Wallick Communities property management staff.

Hamilton Crossing residents and Homeport and Wallick Communities property management staff.

Ten women at Homeport's Hamilton Crossing seniors community received mammograms and a few (with prescriptions from their doctors) received bone density screenings as well on Aug. 7 thanks to OhioHealth and its mobile testing truck.

The mobile screening vehicle is part of OhioHealth's initiative to bring health services to communities traditionally underserved. African- American women in Central Ohio are dying from breast cancer at a 33 percent higher rate than their white counterparts.  

The mammogram service for residents extends from Homeport’s strategic commitment to be laser focused on its residents through quality affordable housing and supporting health and financial education services.