Homeport Happenings: March 2019

Homeport Employees Get Behind United Way

Marketing and Brand Promotion Director Ray George pours on support — and syrup — for a Homeport fund-raiser for United Way of Central Ohio. The “tailgate” style event, featuring chicken and waffles and cookout meats, was organized by senior staff members Netta Whitman, left, and Laverne Price.

Marketing and Brand Promotion Director Ray George pours on support — and syrup — for a Homeport fund-raiser for United Way of Central Ohio. The “tailgate” style event, featuring chicken and waffles and cookout meats, was organized by senior staff members Netta Whitman, left, and Laverne Price.

Homeport exceeded its 2019 fund-raising goal for United Way of Central Ohio, contributing more than $3,500 through payroll deductions, one-time donations, as well participation in a “50/50” raffle, a silent auction and a tailgate party.

“We are honored to be a part of the United Way campaign, making a difference in fighting poverty,” said Netta Whitman, director of Homeport’s Housing Advisory Services Department. Whitman co-chaired the drive with Homeport Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price.

Homeport encourages the community to participate in United Way’s Knockout Poverty campaign.

You can help #KnockOutPoverty today by donating to your favorite nonprofit at knockoutpoverty.org!


Housing Advisory Services highlighted In WOSU Radio Series

Maggie Parks

Maggie Parks

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Homeport’s role in preparing residents for homeownership was highlighted in a two-part series on affordable housing produced by WOSU 89.7 FM radio on Feb. 26-27.

Reporter Nick Evans went inside a homebuyer education class taught by Housing Advisory Services’ Advisor Kerrick Jackson. Evans also went to the Milo-Grogan home of Maggie Parks, a graduate of Homeport credit and home buyer education classes who became a homeowner in 2018. Click here to listen to the coverage.


Marsh Run Residents Experience Services Fair

Central Ohio Diabetes Association Director Cathy Paessum, left, speaks with Marsh Run resident.

Central Ohio Diabetes Association Director Cathy Paessum, left, speaks with Marsh Run resident.

Marsh Run’s community center on Feb. 25 was the site of an open-house to learn about health and financial services and other organizations they might not be aware of or reach easily.

“The purpose of this event is to make our community partner more accessible to our resident,” said Homeport Resident Services Coordinator Mark Childs. “Having community partners willing to come to our residents make a big difference and combats barriers preventing them from seeking assistance.”

Organizations residents interacted with included The Columbus Foundation and the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. More social service agencies and organizations will be invited back in conjunction with Marsh Run community events, beginning April 24 with a Resident Appreciation Breakfast to Go.


Homeport honored for energy efficiency

Homeport Project Manager Justin Metzler accepts award on behalf of Homeport

Homeport Project Manager Justin Metzler accepts award on behalf of Homeport

Homeport has received a special recognition for its accomplishments in designing and building energy efficient homes. The organization took home a HERS 55 Club award on Feb. 21 at the 2019 AEP Ohio EfficiencyCrafted Homes Recognition Luncheon .

The recognition is based on the 33 homes Homeport recently constructed in Milo-Grogan. They are designed to use an estimated 35 percent less energy than a home built to minimum code standards.

HERS, Home Energy Rating System, takes into account insulation levels, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, water heating system and thermostat, lighting and appliances, exterior walls and windows, ceilings and roofs, attics, foundations, crawl spaces, air leakage and duct system installation.


Service Coordinator Gets Ohio Social work license

Homeport Resident Services Coordinator Kyrie Dull has become a state Licensed Social Worker, having passed a 170-question timed exam.

Kyrie Dull

Kyrie Dull

“Kyrie’s accomplishment is not achieved by everyone who has a Social Work degree,” said her supervisor, Lawrence Furst II. 

“Our organization, and residents we serve, are the beneficiaries of the professionalism and commitment Kyrie illustrates through her work as a Service Coordinator.  I look forward to all the great achievements on the horizon for Kyrie, and in turn for our communities!”

Kyrie joined Homeport in 2018 after graduating from The Ohio State University College of Social Work. She was an intern with Homeport her senior year at OSU.