Homeport Happenings: September 2019

‘Big Table’ Stretches To Homeport

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The Columbus Foundation’s “Big Table” sponsored discussions on important community issues made its ways to Homeport on Aug. 28. Homeport gathered leaders into its main conference room to discuss “Job Centers and Affordable Housing: A symbiotic relationship.”

Participants pictured above on the left were: Dawn Carpenter of Peoples Bank, Homeport’s Bruce Luecke, Roberta Garber of the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, PNC Bank’s Cindy Millison (a Homeport Board member).

At the head of the table is Alex Derkson of JPMorgan Chase.

On the right, back to front, is Matt Martin of The Columbus Foundation, Beth Gifford of Columbus Works, Malcolm Porter of the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio and Melissa Centers of State Auto (a Homeport Board member).


Backpacks, School Supplies A Big Hit

Back to School event at Pheasant Run apartments.

Back to School event at Pheasant Run apartments.

Hundreds of Homeport resident children received backpacks to stuff with back to school items at special events held at their community centers in August. More than 250 school children or their parents from nine communities picked up pens, notebooks, scissors, erasers, typing paper, graph paper, tissue boxes and disinfectant wipes, not to mention markers and crayons.

“We’re creating a foundation for success in the classroom with this off to school support. These are tools for achievement they might not otherwise have,” said Kyrie Dull, one of three Homeport Resident Services coordinators serving 36 communities.


Homeport Delivers Student Loan Advice Through TV Shows

Homeport Housing Advisory Service counselors Isabel Giles and Layden Hale appeared on Telemundo Columbus, Bounce 23 and the Justice Network news segments in August to discuss the impact of college loan debt. The interviews were just in time for students going off to college.

Homeport offers free financial fitness courses to coach individuals still in school and others who are now feeling the impact of student loans, especially if they have aspirations of buying a home. Visit www.homeportlearning.org for details.

Bounce 23 Community Report Host Khari Enharo interviewed Homeport’s Layden Hale. Watch video.


Peoples Bank Backs Homebuyer Education

Peoples Bank Banker Justin Kidd, left, and Peoples Vice President Dawn Carpenter, center, presented Homeport with a $10,000 grant for homebuyer edcuation classes. Accepting the donation on behalf of Homeport were Maude Hill, Bruce Luecke and Laverne Price.

Peoples Bank Banker Justin Kidd, left, and Peoples Vice President Dawn Carpenter, center, presented Homeport with a $10,000 grant for homebuyer edcuation classes. Accepting the donation on behalf of Homeport were Maude Hill, Bruce Luecke and Laverne Price.


‘Draft Day’

Homeport’s Ray George and Tammy Lowks greet work-study students for 2019-2020 school year.

Homeport’s Ray George and Tammy Lowks greet work-study students for 2019-2020 school year.

For the third year in a row Homeport participated in “Draft Day,” Cristo Rey Columbus High School’s annual celebratory event where work-study students are called on stage, cheered and connected with area organizations, businesses and government.

Representing Homeport at the program was Director of Marketing & Brand Promotion Ray George and Office Manager and Executive Assistant Tammy Lowks. The Draft Day program was held at the main Columbus Metropolitan Library — adjacent to Cristo Rey.