Homeport Resident Newsletter

Living green tips of the month

Here are some summer tips for living green and staying safe:


  • Wear sunscreen always! No matter how dark your skin complexion is, the sun’s UV rays can still damage your skin and could cause skin cancer. Wear sunscreen to protect yourself!


  • Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is very important!


  • Keep shades closed during the day to keep the heat out.


Bed Bug Prevention

In June we had a community conversation with some of our Elim Manor residents focused on preventative bed bug education. The evening began by the residents of Elim Manor preparing a meal for everyone, followed by a conversation with residents and Homeport staff members. Those who attended heard a presentation about ways to prevent getting bed bugs and how to treat and prevent spreading of bed bugs. Some practical things that were learned:

  • Inform your property manager right away if you think you have bed bugs. They spread very quickly!
  • Do not bring used household items into your home unless it is really necessary and not unless you have thoroughly checked them for signs of bed bugs. Pay close attention to clothing, electronics, furniture and anything bought at garage sales, flea markets, or thrift stores. 
  • NEVER take anything out of someone’s trash container or the alley!  It is very likely to be bed bug infested!

(This information and more can be found at www.centralohiobedbugs.com)

If you would like to have a community conversation in your community, please contact Gwyn, at gwyn.stetler@homeportohio.org or 614.545.4877.


Homeport Community Leadership Institute Nominations

Nominations for outstanding community leaders have begun for the third annual Homeport Community Leadership Institute (CLI)! If you know someone in your community who you think is a great leader, or if you would like to nominate yourself, contact Gwyn at 614.545.4877 or gwyn.stetler@homeportohio.org, or let your property manager know. 


The CLI will be held September 18 and it will be a night of community building and leadership training. We will accept 2-5 residents from every Homeport community so nominate someone today!


Is Your Child Ready for School?

Through the United Way program – Columbus Kids/Franklin County
Kids – Homeport offers free learning checkups to make sure children
are ready to enter kindergarten.
All children, ages 2 1/2 years through 4 years and 3 months, are eligible
for the assessment. Parents fill out a short questionnaire, and Columbus
Kids staff can evaluate whether a child is ready to begin school.

  •  Takes only 20 minutes 
  • Activities and gifts are provided for kids needing more development in order to be ready to start school 
  • Follow-up every 6 months for all children until they start kindergarten 
  • All participants receive a Kroger gift card and a free children’s book! 

For Columbus City Schools, please call Angie Rodriguez at
614.221.8889 x4803 and for Southwestern City Schools, please call
Katelynn Martin at 614.221.8889 x4832.

Financial Coaching Now Available

Financial Stability is something we all dream of and need, but
something most of us struggle to have. Homeport launched a new
program to help! Staff members were trained to be personal financial
coaches to help people reach their financial goals.

Our financial coaches are here to help you assess your current
financial situation and to think about your financial dreams. Then,
they help you learn how to manage your money habits and move
towards where you want to be, improving credit which further enables
you to reach your goals.

Take control of your money! Join us for a free Financial Fitness class
to learn the basics. Once you complete this course, you can sign up
for Financial Coaching. For more information or to sign up, call
614.221.8889 x134. Hurry! Space is limited!

June 2014: Summer Begins

Hello from Homeport! Summer is in full swing and Homeport is busy
with lots of activities and programs! You may see us in your community
more often with the warmer weather! We also recently celebrated the
graduates of the LeaderSpark program – a resident leadership training.
They will continue to help in their own neighborhoods and we hope
inspire more residents to take advantage of this opportunity. A couple of
women also joined in to volunteer with Homeport in their own community
– a great way to get to know your neighbors and help out! So many
things to do this summer!

We hope you enjoyed the first edition of the newsletter. As a resident of
a Homeport community, you are connected to a large network of
resources, services and educational opportunities that we hope you will
use. This newsletter showcases some of these offerings, so if you see
something you are interested in, please call us at 614.545.4844 to get
more information or to sign up.

Community Leadership

Your participation is key to building a healthy and vibrant community.
That’s why, continuing through August, neighborhoods are hosting
community conversations with action steps focused on leadership
development, public safety and beautification.

This summer we will begin accepting nominations for participation in the
2014 Homeport Community Leadership Institute. If you know somebody in
your community that you would like to nominate as a leader, we will be
accepting nominations soon. We will be selecting 2-5 residents from each
housing community.

For more information about that, please contact Gwyn at
gwyn.stetler@homeportohio.org or 614.545.4877.

What Homeport Can Do For You

Every resident living in Homeport’s communities has access to lots of resources and help. Homeport staff can assist you with things such as:

  • Finding furniture for your home
  • Emergency utility help
  • Applying for public benefits like food assistance and Medicaid
  • Providing school supplies for school-aged children
  • Kindergarten readiness assessments on young children
  • Credit counseling
  • Financial fitness and budget creation
  • Home ownership classes

If you have any questions or need any assistance call the Resource Line at 614.545.4844.


Be a Leader

Homeport offers leadership opportunities right in your community. Gwyn Stetler, Community Engagement Leader, works with Homeport residents to host and to plan events like:


• Community Conversations (Times for residents to come together to talk about ways to improve their communities together.)

• Community Leadership Institutes (People from communities come together to learn leadership skills and to better their communities.)


Some results of those initiatives in communities have been:

• Public Safety strategies

• Community-building events

• Job training programs

• Crime Stoppers


If you are interested, please contact Gwyn at gwyn.stetler@homeportohio.org, 614.545.4877.


Fresh, Free Produce

Homeport will be hosting FRESH FREE PRODUCE FAIRS that are open to the public.  Please bring your own bags, boxes or carts to carry produce home. Do not block the distribution area with parked cars. The produce fairs are on the following dates and locations:

Marsh Run (2393 Canal Bay Way, Cols, OH 43232)

  • May 6 from 2 to 5 pm
  • June 3  2 to 5 pm

Emerald Glen (930 Regentshire Drive, Cols, OH 43228)

  • May 9 at Emerald Glen from 2 to 5 pm
  • June 13 at Emerald Glen from 2 to 5 pm.

Pheasant Run (2680 Orono Pike, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068)

  • May 13 from 2 to 5 pm
  • June 10 from 3 to 6 pm