Columbus Celebrates American Addition Infrastructure Improvements

For Immediate Release

November 5, 2014                          


Tyneisha Harden, Mayor’s Office, 645-2425

Rick Tilton, Public Service, 645-7263

George Zonders, Public Utilities, 645-2926

Steve Nichol, Homeport, 545-4838
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Residents Join Mayor Coleman and City Councilmember Hardin To Celebrate Completion of First Phase of American Addition Infrastructure Improvements

Neighborhood leaders and representatives of Homeport joined Mayor Michael B. Coleman and City Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin to celebrate the completion of the first phase of roadway and other infrastructure improvements in the American Addition neighborhood.  The work is part of the American Addition Improvements Project, which is a joint effort between the City of Columbus and Homeport.  

“We are investing in the American Addition neighborhood to make it safer for families,” said Mayor Coleman.  “This project makes it safer to walk in the neighborhood, reduces flooding during rainstorms and makes homeownership possible for more families.”

American Addition, Phase 1, infrastructure improvements include:

  • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, to the following streets:
    • East 12th Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Sampson Avenue
    • Lee Avenue
    • Sampson Avenue
    • Sigsbee Avenue
    • Woodford Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Katahdin Alley
  • Improvements to existing alleys and construction of additional new alleys
  • Addition of street lights
  • Addition of storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Addition of street trees
  • Rain Gardens

“I thank God that he not only let me see this day and made a dream come true, but that the best is yet to come,” said American Addition neighborhood leader Marie Moreland Short.   “I want to thank Mayor Coleman for keeping his promise.” 

Phases 2 and 3 of the American Addition infrastructure improvements project are scheduled for construction beginning in August 2015, with completion scheduled for August 2016, weather permitting.  Infrastructure improvements include roadway reconstruction and the addition of sidewalks, curbs, storm sewers, new water lines and street lights. 

“American Addition plays a significant role in the history of Columbus and the fabric of our community,” said Councilmember Hardin, chair of the Public Service & Transportation Committee.  “For decades, this development served as a hub of African-American life in Columbus.   The improvements here will restore this neighborhood to the prominence it deserves.”

The American Addition project also includes homes that have been built, and will be built, by Homeport.  Homeport has built and sold 10 new homes in American Addition to date, plans to build seven to 10 homes in 2015, and intends to develop 80 additional lots in the neighborhood.

“At Homeport, our mission is to provide homes where families can live safely and with stability – and flourish long term,” said Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben. “We are proud to be a partner with the city in rejuvenating a long neglected neighborhood. American Addition’s new homes and infrastructure, community center and park, and close proximity to the downtown, have merged to make this a desirable place to call ‘home.’”

Phases 2 and 3 of the project will include the following infrastructure improvements:

  • Phase 2:
    • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lights and street trees to the following streets:

   East 12th Avenue between Sampson Avenue and Petrel Alley

   Key West Avenue between Woodford Avenue and Helena Alley

   Puritan Avenue between Woodford Avenue and Helena Alley

   Woodford Avenue between Katahdin Alley to Petrel Alley

  • Improvements to the following alleys:

   Helena Alley between Katahdin Alley and Petrel Alley

   Olympia Alley between Woodford Avenue and Helena Alley

   Petrel Alley between East 12th Avenue and Woodford Avenue

  • Addition of storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Addition of rain gardens
  • Phase 3:
    • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lights and street trees to the following streets:

   Dewey Avenue between Katahdin Alley and Petrel Alley

   Key West Avenue between Dewey Avenue and Woodford Avenue

   Puritan Avenue between Dewey Avenue and Woodford Avenue

  • Improvements to the following alleys:

   Katahdin Alley between Woodford Avenue and Dewey Avenue

   Olympia Alley between Woodford Avenue and Dewey Avenue

   Petrel Alley between Woodford Avenue and Dewey Avenue

  • Addition of storm sewers
  • New water lines
  • Addition of rain gardens
  • Costs (includes design, right-of-way acquisition, construction and inspection)
    • Phase 1:  $ 5.8 million
    • Phases 2 and 3:  $ 5.7 million

The Department of Public Service is administering the roadway, sidewalk and alley improvement segments of the American Addition project.  The Department of Public Utilities, which is constructing storm sewer, water line and street light improvements, and the Department of Development are partners in the project.   

Adjacent to the American Addition project, work continues on Phase 2 of the Joyce Avenue Improvements Project, on Joyce Avenue between East 12th Avenue and immediately north of East 17th Avenue, and on East 17th Avenue between Brentnell Avenue and 300 feet west of Billiter Boulevard.  The project includes roadway reconstruction and the addition of sidewalks, shared used paths, storm sewers, upgraded water lines and street lights.  Phase 2 is scheduled for completion in 2015, with Phase 3 construction scheduled to begin in 2016.   Phase 1 of the Joyce Avenue Improvements Project was completed in November 2013.


Celebrate completion of Phase I Infrastructure at American Addition on November 5, 2014

Join Mayor Michael B. Coleman and City Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin along with neighborhood leaders and representatives of Homeport to celebrate the completion of the first phase of roadway and other infrastructure improvements in the American Addition neighborhood.  The work is part of the American Addition Improvements Project, which is a joint effort between the City of Columbus and Homeport. 

“We are investing in the American Addition neighborhood to make it safer for families,” said Mayor Coleman.  “This project makes it safer to walk in the neighborhood, reduces flooding during rainstorms and makes homeownership possible for more families.”

 The event will begin at 11am.

Join us at;
Tray Lee Center
1362 Sigsbee Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43219

American Addition, Phase 1, infrastructure improvements include:

  • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, to the following streets:
  • East 12th Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Sampson Avenue
  • Lee Avenue
  • Sampson Avenue
  • Sigsbee Avenue
  • Woodford Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Katahdin Alley
    • Improvements to existing alleys and construction of additional new alleys
    • Addition of street lights
    • Addition of storm sewers
    • New water lines
    • Addition of street trees
    • Rain Gardens

Building With Boys & Girls Clubs

Summer Camp Success Leads To After School Program At Pheasant Run

From a dark, dreary, cool and drizzly mid-week afternoon, the elementary-through high school students of Pheasant Run pop through their Homeport community learning center with a hop in their step and excitement in their voices.

There is structured rambunctiousness as the children from Reynoldsburg flip on laptop computers or open books, their minds still fresh from a day of learning at school.

It is the give and take of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus after school program -- study, focus, but have fun before the apartment complex community center doors close at 7:30 p.m.

“We try to be balanced,” said Anthony Williams, the on-site program leader. “We don’t want to be a drill sergeant. We want them to be comfortable.”

The fun might include a reward of an interactive NBA game. It might be a challenge set forth as they move about, questions written in red highlighter on a white board:

“What does it mean to be a leader – and find a quote about leadership,” the first question says.

“What are your goals and how do you plan on reaching them?” is the second challenge.

The third assignment question: “What are some benefits of practicing forgiveness – and a quote about forgiveness.”

Last summer, in part through a $30,000 grant from the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation’s Resident Development Fund, Homeport contracted Boys & Girls Clubs to provide a summer camp at Pheasant Run.

The program, meant to prevent learning loss in the absence of school, was attended on any given day by as many as 50 children. It was such a hit, Homeport asked Boys & Girls to have an after school program at Pheasant.

Rachel Cohen, an Ohio State University political science student from Dayton who ran the summer program at Pheasant Run, has returned part-time in support of Williams who oversees the program expected to serve at least 50 students. “It is really cool to be back,” she says.

Pheasant Run was the first rental community at Homeport to have Boys & Girls programming. Homeport is discussing with Boys & Girls how to expand its high impact after school programming to other Homeport communities. Sustainable funding would be needed.

 “The Boys & Girls Clubs programs fit beautifully together with Homeport’s mission of creating bright futures for families, breaking the cycle of poverty, and empowering our children with education, inclusion, and subsequently, the foundation of confidence to achieve their dreams,” says Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben.

Pheasant Run eighth grader Miles Gibson gives the afternoon program a thumbs up.

“I like that I can do my homework. I like being with my friends. I like my teachers,” said Gibson, 14. “They understand our homework and our problems.”

(Individuals or businesses interested in supporting Homeport’s after-school initiatives can do so by contacting Peter Tripp, Director of Donor & Investor Relations, at, or 614 545-4853.)

Homeport’s Annual Celebration Packs ‘The Vault’

Audience Asked To Increase Support Of Organization’s Mission

More than 400 people gathered recently in downtown Columbus to celebrate Homeport’s 27 years as a leader in affordable housing – and to recognize the challenges ahead.

“Whatever you did this year, do a little more next year,” said U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty.

Speakers praised Homeport for its affordable home ownership and rental opportunities, foreclosure prevention counseling and homebuyer education, as well as on-site educational and after-school programs for resident children.

“A child’s future should not be determined by zip code,” said Joe Gilligan, Central Ohio office director for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. “That’s why the work Homeport does is so important.”

The program, held Oct. 16 at event venue “The Vault,” was underwritten with the support of Homeport donors. Chairman of the Homeport board, Thomas O’Hara, offered greetings to the audience. Appearing on a video, Jeff Hastings, president of U.S. Bank’s Central Ohio operations, urged participants to join Homeport’s special donor program known as the “Army of 1000.” 

The audience watched our feature video [see top of page] that featured residents of Homeport. A senior citizen spoke of how a moderate income Homeport community enabled him to care of his failing wife. A single mom spoke to her dream of raising her 10-year-old daughter in a safe, single-family home. Another woman spoke to how Homeport helped her avoid foreclosure.

The special evening was highlighted by a report from Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben on the Homeport communities housing 5300 people, half of whom are children, and the programs and services critical to their stability and long term success.

 “We are helping to break the cycle of poverty,” Klaben said. “We are creating a new future for so many families in our beautiful city. Because of what you have done over the past year, this is possible.”

But, more needs to be done in creating educational empowerment, neighborhood revitalization and safe, decent affordable homes, she said.

“Please join me as we re-double our efforts, explore new areas, and do the things that are hard to do. Join us in making a difference, because Home Matters.  As John F. Kennedy said about going to the moon, ‘We do these things…not because they are easy, but because they are hard. These are the things that measure the best of us.’”

Homeport ‘Book Bank’ Program Garners National Recognition

Homeport, a Central Ohio leader in affordable housing access, has received a national librarians’ association award for a special program meant to help its student residents retain their learning skills and knowledge over school breaks.

The American Association of School Librarians has awarded a “Certificate of Commendation” to Homeport for its “Bright Ideas Book Bank” program.

The first-year program provided over 2,000 books to more than 400 school children during the 2013-2014 school year. The children in the Book Bank program are residents of 24 rental communities that Homeport developed for Central Ohio residents of low to moderate income.

“Our goal is to make sure that parents and their children have a safe, affordable home, and that they have the best opportunity to succeed long term,” said Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben. “Providing books to children for holiday/summer break reading enables them to remain engaged in learning, to not regress in their ability to read and to retain knowledge. At Homeport, we believe that books help turn a house into a home where families can dream and shape their future.”

The Book Bank offers children in Homeport communities a selection of age appropriate, culturally and character diverse books based on data drawn from the Columbus Metropolitan Library and other educational and reading sources. For example, children 12 to 14 years old had 11 choices including “Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Hispanic in the United States,” “Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography,” and “The Skin I Am In,” a Coretta Scott King Award winner.

Homeport reached out to community businesses and other individuals associated with the non-profit to meet the student requests.  Approximately 500 books were donated by the Junior Library Guild, based in Plain City. Another 250 books were donated from customers and employees of Starbucks, where flyers of needed books were attached to drive-through pastry orders. Alliance Data (Easton) retail services employees donated 250 books and St. Pius Church of Reynoldsburg contributed 150 as part of a student driven initiative.

Deliveries were made prior to the winter break in 2013 and again in May 2014 prior to summer break.

Early this summer the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) recognized Homeport for the initiative. Homeport was then nominated for the national award.

“We wanted to share with others how blessed Ohio is to have an organization such as Homeport,” said OELMA Vice President Angela Wojtecki. “It is evident that Homeport is aiming to narrow the gap of children who have access to books with those that have little to no access to books. Research studies suggest the more literacy exposure children have starting at birth, the more lifelong success they will achieve. As school librarians, we fully support and are encouraged and excited to partner with organizations such as Homeport.”

Homeport learned on Sept. 4 that it was one of six organizations across the country to receive the national award.

Book Bank is only the latest effort by Homeport to promote literacy including Columbus Metropolitan Library bookmobile visits to Homeport communities, and having children sign up for library cards. It has also partnered with the literature based “Kids of Character” program run locally by Capital University. Capital’s “America Reads” program will also soon bring tutors to three Homeport after-school sites.

Individuals or organizations interested in learning more about or supporting the Bright Ideas Book Bank are encouraged to contact Morgen Wade, Homeport’s Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at

Homeport Leadership Training Enjoys Youth Boom

In photo - From left, Pheasant run residents Iman Cardwell, Desiree Settle, and Maya Gibson. 

Leadership in Homeport’s 24 rental communities is getting younger.  Among 50 individuals who chose to participate in the third annual All-Homeport Community Leadership Institute were three young women ages 12, 13 and 15.

“You can get somewhere in life by being like the people here,” explained Desiree Settle, 13, a student at Lakeview Junior High School and member of Pheasant Run Girls Circle. Desiree was joined by two other Pheasant Run (Reynoldsburg) friends, Iman Cardwell, 12, also of Lakeview Junior, and Maya Gibson, 15, a Pickerington High School North student.

Homeport runs the Leadership events to create relationships and build communities. Leaders can help promote and participate in various events sponsored by Homeport within the rental development communities, from community garden programs to food drives to backpack distributions.

They also serve as a network to encourage residents to sign up for financial education courses provided for free by Homeport, and educate their neighbors about services and programs of added value and need, from Kindergarten readiness assessments to emergency utility payments.

Layden Hale, senior housing counselor for Homeport, reminded the audience of the value they bring to the process, noting the free financial service counseling would cost $150-$500 if provided by other organizations or individuals.

“We care. We Share. We bring it. That’s what it is all about. You guys are the leaders in the community and are going to make my job easier (by promoting services available through Homeport),” Hale said at the program held Sept. 18 at Homeport headquarters, 562 E. Main Street in Columbus.

Participants were saluted by Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben and Homeport Board members.

“You are resident leaders because you choose to be here,” Klaben said. Klaben took special time to recognize the three young women from Pheasant Run for what she called a “micro-enterprise.” Besides learning more about Homeport, they sold silk, felt and checkered fabric hair ribbons. For each ribbon purchased, one is donated to girls in a homeless shelter.  

James Settle, Desiree’s father, chose to participate as a leader of his Pheasant Run community, but also acknowledged it was exciting to participate “as part of developing a healthy relationship” with his children.

Joining him at the Leadership Institute event were his wife, Sharrion, Desiree, and three other of his children, Daijah, James and Shayla. 

Rachel reflects on Pheasant Run Summer

On June 15th, Pheasant Run Boys and Girls Club staff members greeted 27 children for the first day of summer programming.  By August 8th, the Club had worked with 87 different community members ages 6-18, and was frequently seeing upwards of 40 attendees per day.

Working as the Site Lead at Pheasant Run this summer was full of high notes.  In terms of raw numbers, we exceeded a 50-member enrollment goal and 35-member average daily attendance goals.  What truly resonated with the staff, however, were the days when children like 9-year-old LouAnthony Armistead would ask us to stay into the school year—an unlikely request, considering that we spent up to two hours a day working on academic programming.  Pheasant Run attended a Team Smile free dental care event at Nationwide Arena and meet the Blue Jackets mascot, and seeing children excited about getting cavities filled will certainly stick with us.  Our teen group participated in résumé writing workshops and later in mock interviews at Bank of America, Nationwide Insurance, and Huntington Bank.  When 12-year-old James Settle returned from his Huntington interview to announce that he had received two separate awards in the follow-up session at the end—competing against every other eligible Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus teen—I was far prouder than when we enrolled our 50th member.

Saying goodbye to the children of Pheasant Run was extremely difficult, but I know that the community there is strong and the members we worked with this summer will continue to thrive.  The staff at Pheasant Run, myself included, cannot thank Homeport and the families of Pheasant Run enough for the opportunity to help our members further develop their potential.


Homeport Young Professionals Back to School Fun Day at George's Creek

On August 13th the Homeport Young Professionals hosted a Back to School Rally and Play Day at our George’s Creek apartment community.  The volunteers handed out 60 backpacks full of school supplies to the kids who participated.  They did face painting, decorating folders for school, making key chains, dodgeball, hula hoops, and even teaching some of the kids how to hold and swing a baseball bat.  And just when everyone thought things were wrapping up, one of the Young Professionals showed up with sub sandwiches for everyone!  It was so nice to see all the smiling faces eating together and enjoying their community.  

It was truly a rewarding experience for all!  Thank you to everyone involved in the planning, shopping, and making it all happen.  You are such an important part of what we do. 

Shining brightly in our communities through Leaderspark

Pamela Johnson-Smith has lived at Framingham Village for 17 years, in fact she is on of the original residents. On May 15 she introduced Asha Ahmed at Homeport’s LeaderSpark graduation. In her own words, you can hear the impact of the intergenerational interaction:

The door opened and the sun shined in; the door closed and one realized it was the smile of a beautiful young lady, not the sun that caused the glow.  Asha Ahmed is regal in appearance, humble in her mannerisms; she is sixteen years old and blossoming into her womanhood. Asha is an honor student at Zenith Academy; she loves to read and watch anime (cartoons). She is soft spoken, shy, and is still learning her power.  Her goals include obtaining an advanced degree in nursing and returning to her homeland of Somalia where she can serve her people.  Asha enrolled in the LeaderSpark program to enhance her public speaking skills and to connect with her community.  She glides with the agility of a gazelle, but admits she is much more mental than physical; unlike most teenagers she would rather read than shop.  Asha has worked on environmental projects with her school which enabled her to use prior experience to enhance the LeaderSpark 2014 Project. She considers her loving father her primary mentor; he encourages her to be her best and accepts her as she is.Asha is truly a Jr Leader who will be a force to be reckoned with as she continues to grow and mature.

Homeport and Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus - Pheasant Run Open House

Homeport and Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus hosted local, regional and national guests at an open house on July 29, 2014 to introduce the community to their new partnership formed to serve low income youth at the Pheasant Run Apartments in Columbus. Pheasant Run is an affordable housing community owned by Homeport and this summer is the first time Boys & Girls Clubs is operating a Club program out of our community center. This site is serving as a pilot program with the goal of replication to examine a collaborative approach to provide summer and out-of-school programs to children in need. By providing rental housing to more than 5,000 low-income residents in Central Ohio, Homeport meets basic needs by providing safe, decent and affordable housing. By providing programming inside a Homeport community, Boys & Girls Clubs can leverage existing capital resources, lower its overhead costs, and serve a high-need community – all without having to navigate transportation and family engagement barriers.

Thanks to Ohio Capital Impact Corporation for their support to make this program happen.

In 2014 the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation, through its Carol Mount Peterson Resident Development Fund, awarded Homeport $28,000 to provide a summer program for the youth of Pheasant Run. Through a partnership with Boys and Girls Club of Columbus, they have given the youth the opportunity to be a part of a camp focused on summer learning, character building, and activities geared toward broadening their future goals.

More information here


King Lincoln District focus of 2014 REALTOR® Care Day

2014 REALTOR® Care Day

For the 2014 REALTOR® Care Day, Columbus REALTORS® main project included four different projects in the King Lincoln District all focused on enhancing the E. Long St. corridor (between Garfield and 17th St.). Work crews were able to improve an outdoor eating area, place 30 commercial planters provide general trash cleanup and create a new green space complete with hopscotch and oversized checkers. (Map of LocationProject Map

Over $37,000 invested in central Ohio 

(June 6, 2014) 530 local REALTORS®, family and friends cleaned, painted, pruned and planted this past Wednesday as part of the Columbus REALTORS®’ 10th annual REALTOR® Care Day, helping improve 30 homes and organizations all over central Ohio!

Started in 2005, REALTOR® Care Day is an annual day of service to the communities in which REALTORS® live, work and raise families. In the last ten years, REALTOR® Care Day has contributed over $291,000 in improvements and repairs and hundreds of hours of service to residents and communities around central Ohio. 

“REALTORS® frequently volunteer their time and talent throughout the year,” said Milt Lustnauer, 2014 president of the Columbus REALTORS®. “This one-day event in particular allows us to hone the Power of US by focusing our collective energy - as well as those of our family, friends and colleagues – to make a significant difference throughout central Ohio.”

Thanks to our 2014 Volunteers!
Jennifer Angelcyk 
Zach Appleby 
Hubert (Jack) Banks 
Brenndan Bauman 
Yoko Bihary 
Elizabeth Blair 
Denise Bohnert 
Laurie Boudreaux 
Marqué Bressler 
Donna Brozovich 
Leslie Cady McFadden 
Kelly Cantwell 
Karleya Chard 
Marcella Chepp 
Mallory Clark 
Amy Clark 
Stan Collins 
Melissa Colmenares 
Anna Criddle 
Marvin Crumbie 
Mitch Deminski 
Matt Deminski 
Mickey DiPiero
Heather DiSalvo
Jill Disbro
Heather Dunn 
Aimy Edwards 
Noah Enriquez
Leah Evans  
Ken Fairchild 
Jill Fergus 
Andrew Fleshman 
Jack Gabalski 
Jodee Gallagher 
Deb Garda 
David Gill 
Chuck Gleich 
Mic Gordon 
Julie Gribben 
Teddy Griffin 
Michelle Groff 
Justin Gwinn 
Lynn Hackworth 
Jacob Haines 
Krista Hedges 
Angela Holloway 
Darrell Hunter 
Joan Janning
Keith Jennings 
Amy Kammann
Katie Kline 
Pam Lamonica
Josh Lapp  
Sharon Lightle 
Sue Lusk-Gleich 
Milt Lustnauer 
Betsy Lynch 
Laura Mann 
Ashley Manshum 
Isaiah Marshall 
Anthony Masci 
Jamie Maze 
Jacoby Maze 
Bob McCarthy 
Emma McCarthy 
Gretchen McKay 
Elizabeth Melvin 
Amber Miller 
Andy Mills 
Will Moloney            
Susan Mullenix 
Lorn Mullenix
Jewell Mullikin
Leslie Nartker
Beth Neville
Kathleen Novak
Dominic Novak 
Ed Oliver 
Judah Palnik 
Kathy Panning 
Carl Parnell 
Joe Peffer 
Maggie Peffer 
Lauren Price
Adam Proehl  
Kathleen Radcliff 
Joann Rasmussen
Jennifer Rieser  
Timothy Rice 
John Royer 
Irene Sawyer 
Ryan Schultenover 
Ida Seitter 
Mary Sguerra 
Kathy Shiflet 
Jesse Shkolnik 
Corey Skinner 
Brittnie Smith 
Christina Stropes
Mark Sullivan 
Jill Taylor
Koretta Tennant 
Janet Thiede 
Ermas Thomas 
Buzz Thomas
Peter Tripp  
Jim Troth 
Randy Via
Morgen Wade   
Karin Waterschoot-Perez 
Haley Weaver 
Skip Weiler 
Linda Weiler 
Bobby Weiler 
Carly Weiler 
Michael Weiler 
Mike Whiteman 
Lou Willard 
Chris Wilson 
Graham Wojciechowski 
Jeffrey Woo 
Lizzie Woo 
Ronnie Woodrow 
Melanie Wright
Tonya Young 

For the main project this year, led by co-chairs Kelly Cantwell and Susan Mullenix, Columbus REALTORS® worked on the Long Street corridor in the King Lincoln District of Columbus where volunteers installed 30 planters, created a green space, enhanced an outdoor dining area, and did general clean up along the corridor.

“We worked incredibly hard to improve the outdoor area by creating a lush and vibrant green space this past Wednesday,” said Cantwell, co-chair of the Columbus REALTORS® 2014 REALTOR® Care Day Committee.

“It was great to see the members of the community really appreciated what we were doing – and will be able to enjoy this space with their families,” added Mullenix.

In addition to the main project, 21 area realty associations participated in REALTOR® Care Day attacking projects in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Pickaway and Madison counties.

Over $37,000 was invested to accomplish the 30 projects which included: 

2014 In-Kind Donations
Americoat Asphalt & Concrete 
Citizen's Land Title 
Currito – Joshua Zimmerman   
Equitable Mortgage - Zach Appleby 
Equity Resources 
Dan Messer, Exceptional 1 Contracting 
Bill Fergus 
First Bexley Bank 
First Ohio Title 
Melissa Friermood 
Cheryl Godard 
Mic Gordon 
Gorilla Dumpsters 
Teddy Griffin 
HER, Realtors®
Patti and Jan Hughes 
Habitation Investigation 
Jimmy Johns - Joshua Zimmerman  
Jane Jones 
Milt Lustnauer 
Betsy Lynch 
Max & Erma's 
Mary Kay - Kathleen Radcliff
Leslie Cady McFadden 
Wil Moloney
Susan Mullenix 
Neighborhood Design Center 
Northwest Title             
Oakland Nursery  
Ohio Tables and Chairs
Quality Mulch 
John Royer
Irene Sawyer  
Mary Sguerra 
Kathy Shiflet 
Stewart Title - Tammy Darst 
Street Sotheby's 
Talon Title 
Janet Thiede 
Talmer Bank and Trust
Tool Library 
True Blue - Tony Ziebel 
Valmer Land Title 
Graham Wojciechowski 

• Columbus – Long Street corridor (King Lincoln District), Franklinton Gardens, Homeless Families Foundation and Heinzerling Foundation
• Bexley – cleaning up major corridors
• Canal Winchester Food Pantry
• Delaware – YMCA and People in Need
• Dublin – Dublin Food Pantry and resident
• Galloway - Madison County Humane Society
• Grove City – Breck and Fryer Parks
• Hilliard – Patches of Light
• Madison County Fairgrounds
• New Albany Historical Society
• Pickaway County – Ashville Community Park
• Pickerington – Echo Manor
• Residents in Clintonville, Dublin, Johnstown, Reynoldsburg, Sunbury, Westerville, Worthington

For more information about REALTOR® Care Day, visit

Additional funding for REALTOR® Care Day was provided by a grant from NeighborWorks America as part of over 300 events nationwide to celebrate NeighborWorks Week. 

During NeighborWorks Week, NeighborWorks America and its network of local organizations mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors, friends, and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

They rehab and repair homes, paint and landscape properties, conduct neighborhood tours, recognize successful partnerships, and host events that educate, train and inform. 

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, 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!