homeport community life programs

Homeport partners with Jewish Family Services for Senior Service Coordination

In spring 2013, Homeport launched a new multi-site service coordination partnership with Jewish Family Services. Jewish Family Services has a long and respected history of providing quality supportive services. We would like to highlight our partner supervisor and service coordinators for Fieldstone, Elim Manor, and Eastway Village. 

Danielle Ruben, M.S.W., LISW-S, Community Support Program Coordinator at Jewish Family Services, has over 10 years experience assisting individuals with crisis stabilization, financial stability planning, community resource linkage, and individual counseling. Danielle has been with Jewish Family Services since 2009. Prior to working at Jewish Family Services, Danielle was at Mt. Carmel East Hospital. She worked both in the Emergency Department, along with discharge planning with patients. Danielle has also worked with children in various agencies throughout her career. Outside of work Danielle enjoys time with her husband and 3 sons. In addition, Danielle is a passionate runner who loves training for Half Marathons, along with spending time outdoors.



Doug Grote. I am the Service Coordinator for Homeport’s senior facilities at Eastway Village, Elim Manor and Fieldstone Court. I am a 2013 graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and I recently passed my test to become a Licensed Social Worker. I became interested in working with the elderly as I helped my parents care for my aging grandparents. I also helped care for my great grandmother who lived to be 106. I enjoy about working with Homeport because I am passionate about interacting with the residents and helping those residents get connected to the services they need. I grew up on a farm in Greenville, Ohio and I lived with my parents and younger sister. I was a 10 year member of 4-H, showing pigs and rabbits. I won Darke County Junior Fair Professional Showmanship. It was my proudest achievement in 4-H and it is the only trophy I have kept. My first official job was delivering pizza for Little Caesar’s. The most interesting job I have held was working for Walt Disney World as part of the Disney College Program. I am an avid reader and comic book collector. I also enjoy computer and video games. I started collecting Disney Pins when I was a Disney Cast Member and have continued to add to my collection. I am also a big sports fan and my favorite teams are the Crew, Blue Jackets, Clippers, Buckeyes, Reds, Bengals, BG Falcons, and Tampa Bay Rays.



2012 Rental Living Property Manager Awards

The final 2012 Quarterly Managers Meeting was held at the Homeport office in November. In attendance were Community Properties of Ohio Management Services, Townhomes Management Company and Wallick-Hendy Properties, along with Homeport Asset Management and Community Life staff. In addition to standard discussion of financial matters, awards were also distributed. This is the second year that Homeport’s Asset Management department handed out awards to some much-deserving recipients.

The six award winners were,

Congratulations to all of the winners pictured above.

2012 Back to School Rallies

Each year, Homeport provides children age 5 to 18 in our Homeport Rental Living communities with backpacks and essential school supplies to ensure they start the school year with all they need to be successful.

Annual back-to-school rallies are held at our Homeport Rental Living communities, and are coordinated by Homeport Community Life Programs to get kids excited to learn.

Click here to see a list of the needed supplies and volunteer dates.

Bring donations to our main office at 562 E Main St, or drop them off at the Food Truck and Cart Hop on Sunday July 29!

If interested in volunteering, please contact Rachel Arnold by email or phone at 614-221-8889.

Back to School supplies needed for fall 2012

Each year, Homeport provides children age 5 to 18 in our Homeport Rental Living communities with backpacks and essential school supplies to ensure they start the school year with all they need to be successful. 

Homeport Community Life Programs will be hosting its annual Back to School Rallies at seven Rental Living communities during the month of August. The top items in most need are notebooks, pens, folders with pockets, scissors and graph paper to fill the backpacks.

If you are able to donate any or all of these supplies please feel free to drop them off at our Main St. office, care of Community Life Programs, located at 562 E. Main Columbus, OH 43215.

Please contact Nicole Papa Odegaard to make arrangements at 614-545-4824 or email her at nicole.odegaard@homeportohio.org


AmeriCorps members lend helping hand on service trip to Cleveland

Homeport AmeriCorps members embarked on a three-day immersion service trip to Cleveland, Ohio from May 17-19, 2012.  Members and Community Life staff served with an organization called University Settlement, whose mission is to “foster strong and independent individuals and families by providing innovative, valued, and collaborative services that meet the evolving needs of the Broadway/Slavic Village Community.” 

University Settlement Executive Director Derrick Fulton and Director of Development Jason Weiner provided engaging opportunities for our members.  Members participated in socialization activities at the senior center, which included Dominos, good conversation, and jewelry making. Additionally, members relived their childhood days by participating in a competitive game of kickball with the youth in the after-school program. Our members also had the opportunity to go into several of the nearby schools and help in the classrooms.  On the last day, members volunteered at a Mobile Market in the Lakewood community - providing fresh produce to those in need.



Friends of Homeport found out There’s No Place Like My Home on May 17th

Over 70 friends joined the Board and staff of Homeport for our 1st Annual There’s No Place Like My Home Fundraising Breakfast on May 17th at Franklin Park Conservatory.

This event showcased how we Build Vibrant Communities, in addition to our plans to increase the quality and the amount of affordable housing and related services this year. Our guests heard from clients and residents that benefit from Homeport’s services and viewed the premiere of our new My Home video made possible by PNC Bank.

Yes, this was a fundraiser, too. Our job at Homeport was to inspire our friends to want to give or get involved in other ways. The response was far greater than we expected.

We would like to thank Shremshock Architects & Engineers for their support of the event.

Remember, you can still help us give more families a place to call My Home by donating! Click here to make a donation today.

Logo - Thank you Chase



Fifth Third Bank supports our Community Life Programs

Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben accepted a $50,000 gift today on behalf of our Community Life Programs. Fifth Third Bank President & CEO of Central Ohio Jordan A. Miller, Jr. and Vice President / Community Affairs Director Stefanie Steward-Young presented the check to Amy and students in the after-school program at Pheasant Run - a Homeport Rental Living Community located in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

The donation will be used to make upgrades to the community center, which is utilized by over 130 households and their 247 children. These renovations, beginning in fall 2012, will enable us to better serve the needs of our 450+ residents.

Emerald Glen Girls Circle Celebrate with Awards and Poetry Slam

On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, the Emerald Glen Apartment Girls Circle participated in a poetry slam with a microphone in front of an audience including Janae Littlejohn, the National Plus Teen USA Ambassador. All the girls shared a piece that they wrote or something that struck a chord inside of them. The mic brought something out of them, a certain energy and strength. They all clapped after a reading. They also got to ask questions to Janae and hear her spoken word poetry too.

After the poetry slam, AmeriCorps members, Aisha Upton & Frankie Lee, gave out 9 awards for perfect attendance for Winter season and 3 special awards granted to girls that struck a chord with the Girls Circle Philosophy: Helping Hands, Respectful Leader and GC Warrior.  Everyone shared bubble gum and took fun snap shots with Janae before ending this fun evening.

Great job EG Girls!

Frankie Lee, Emerald Glen AmeriCorps Member

Looking to make a difference? Join Homeport Community Life’s Summer FunCamp 2012 Team!

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of low-income families in the Columbus, Ohio region? Do you want to be part of a dynamic and rewarding Summer Camp Program?

Homeport Community Life Program's Summer Associate VISTA Program provides direct support to Summer Camp and youth programming. Our members will provide direct services to low to moderate income families within Homeport’s rental communities. Members placed at Homeport communities are responsible for the facilitation of Summer Camp for children ages 5-13 and other youth programming ages 14-18. Additionally, VISTA members will assist in the planning and implementation of end of summer Back-2-School Rallies.

We are seeking members who have a desire to help others, experience working with children, the ability to work well with a diverse population, and the ability to multi-task.  We need members who are highly organized, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to problem solve.  This role will help provide our residents with stability in their communities and your skills can make a positive impact on our resident’s lives. 

We prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree and/or working toward a degree, are at least 18 years of age and have reliable transportation.  Additionally, candidates who are bilingual in Spanish or Somali are preferred. We need candidates who are ready to start a summer of service by June 11, 2012.  Summer Associates are available to the community on a full-time basis.

Benefits of serving with Homeport include:

  • Education award of $1,174 upon successful completion of service or $125/month
  • Living Stipend to cover necessities during service (approximately $400 bi-weekly)
  • Networking with Community Life and other Homeport Staff and Partners
  • Training Opportunities
  • Mileage Reimbursement for work related travel 

If you want to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve your community and receive top notch training, please email your cover letter and resume to annie.crane@homeportohio.org or apply online at the Homeport Service Listing at www.americorps.gov

Celebrating National AmeriCorps Week 2012

National AmeriCorps Week celebrated the impact members make in communities every day. This year’s AmeriCorps Week was March 12-16, 2012 and was themed “AmeriCorps Works.”  Homeport AmeriCorps Members kicked off the week on March 8, 2012 with a service project in the Greater Linden neighborhood. During the actual week, members participated in Homeport’s COSI Diversity Training, a local nonprofit organization panel, AmeriCorps Alumni Panel, a special breakfast at Homeport Gallery, a teambuilding trip to Yellow Springs, Ohio, and ended with a celebration at Lucy Depp Park (which is part of the National Underground Railroad).

Read about how our members celebrated the week in more detail below!

March 8, 2012: Homeport AmeriCorps members teamed up with the Greater Linden Development Corporation and the Linden-McKinley STEM Academy’s Legends Against Litter organization to complete a clean-up in the Greater Linden community.  Homeport members first engaged in a discussion with Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson at Greater Linden Development Corporation.  She discussed her appreciation for the work our members are doing in the community and shared some of her experiences as Founder/Director of City Year Columbus. Despite the rain, members, youth, and City Year Columbus members were able to collect approximately 56 bags of trash in just 45 minutes.

Monday, March 12: Member participated in the Homeport COSI Diversity Training.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012: The theme for the cultural competency training was “Going Local.” Coffee for the morning was graciously donated by IMPERO Coffee Roasters of the Short North. The morning began with an Alumni Panel of former AmeriCorps members – Rachel Diskin, Emily Hanlon, and Erin Moore – who discussed their own experiences, life after AmeriCorps, and how service helped their career. Next, representatives from the SBB, Local Matters, and The Dick and Jane Project presented on their organizations.  Members and Homeport staff wrapped up the morning session by enjoying a special lunch from Tatoheads food truck.

Thursday, March 15, 2012: Members met at the Homeport Gallery for a breakfast donated by Cafe Brioso. Amy Klaben, joined by Craig Murphy and Maude Hill, started the morning off with a few words for the members in recognition of their service. During an open mic session, member Frankie Lee played and sang an original song, while Gloria Davis sang Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”. Following breakfast, members headed to Yellow Springs, Ohio to experience a city that exemplifies the “Going Local” movement. Members were able to hike at Glen Helen, sample ice cream at Young’s Dairy, and enjoy a leisurely stroll around town.

Friday, March 16, 2012: The week ended with a celebration at Lucy Depp Park, a site from the Underground Railroad. Director of Community Life Gwyn Stetler prepared a delicious breakfast that members enjoyed while reflecting on their year of service and the week. Members were also given awards and played games. The afternoon ended with a potluck and a trip to Fort Rapids Waterpark.


Huntington Bank and Columbus Housing Partnership act to stabilize homeownership in Central Ohio

April 29, 2009

Jeri Grier (jeri.grier@huntington.com) 614-480-5413
Nathan Minerd (nathan.minerd@chpcolumbus.org) 614-545-4820

$10 million, 3-year program to help families avoid foreclosure and buy homes

Huntington BankCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus Housing Partnership (CHP) and Huntington Bank took unprecedented action today to stabilize home ownership in Central Ohio. The 3-year, $10 million Huntington Homeownership Alliance, a Strategic Partnership with CHP, will help an estimated 9,000 households through housing counseling, foreclosure avoidance services and affordable mortgages. The mortgage programs will enable at least 100 people to purchase homes here inCentral Ohio.

“Homeownership strengthens our families, our community and our economy,” said Huntington President and CEO Stephen D. Steinour. “CHP has an established record for helping individuals get back on track so they can remain in their homes. Huntington is proud to enter into this strategic partnership with CHP on this groundbreaking program to stabilize Central Ohio neighborhoods. We think that CHP will help us develop better tools and processes for working with homeowners in all of our markets where we service over 185,000 mortgages.”

CHP President and CEO Amy Klaben said the organization has experienced significant increase in demand for services and expects it to increase for the foreseeable future as Central Ohio families struggle to maintain homes in the current economy. “We are excited to have Huntington as our partner in expanding delivery and services and in making homeownership possible through affordable funding. Through this strategic partnership, Huntington demonstrates their commitment to finding creative ways to engage the community and help address challenges.”

CHP services will also be expanded through a new virtual “Homeownership Center.” The online tool will use Web distribution and chat capabilities to provide financial education resources to a broader audience.

“In these tough times, it is gratifying to see our community come together to make the City ofColumbus an even better place to live,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “I applaud Columbus Housing Partnership and Huntington for their efforts. The Huntington Homeownership Alliance with CHP compliments our efforts to revitalize Columbus neighborhoods, and is a model for others to follow.”

Nine thousand households are expected to take part in the joint program, receiving counseling from CHP. In addition, Huntington will fund for CHP $10 million in 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages with low closing costs and potentially below-market interest rates, available to anyone purchasing CHP homes.Huntington associates and mortgage clients will receive special invitations to participate in CHP programs.

Lastly, the Homeownership Alliance will also enable CHP to better respond to the foreclosure crisis affecting our community. This innovative partnership will provide the tools and products necessary to address the needs of Central Ohioans and expand those services to those in need of homeownership and foreclosure-related services. In addition to other support, Huntington will provide match-funding for establishing new and growing existing activities and programs.

To learn more about CHP programs, visit www.homehelp.org or call 614-221-8889.

About Huntington
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (www.huntington.com) is a $52 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Huntington has more than 143 years of serving the financial needs of its customers. Huntington’s banking subsidiary, The Huntington National Bank, provides innovative retail and commercial financial products and services through over 600 regional banking offices in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan,Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Huntington also offers retail and commercial financial services online at huntington.com; through its technologically advanced, 24-hour telephone bank; and through its network of almost 1,400 ATMs. Selected financial service activities are also conducted in other states including: Private Financial and Capital Markets Group offices in Florida and Mortgage Banking offices in Maryland and New Jersey. Huntington Insurance offers retail and commercial insurance agency services in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. International banking services are made available through the headquarters office in Columbus, a limited purpose office located in the Cayman Islands, and another located in Hong Kong.

About Columbus Housing Partnership (CHP)
Columbus Housing Partnership (CHP) (www.chpcolumbus.org) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in the belief that a decent and affordable home is the cornerstone of family life and a healthy community. Columbus Housing Partnership provides quality, affordable housing and related services to low to moderate-income households in Columbus and the surrounding area. Since its inception in 1987, Columbus Housing Partnership has developed 4,000 affordable homes, which have served 23,000 people.

CHP offers free and convenient housing counseling programs which address the underlying social and economic needs facing families within Central Ohio. Programs include Home Buyer Education, Financial Fitness, Credit and Budget Counseling, Home Maintenance Workshops and Foreclosure Prevention Workshops and Counseling. In 2009, CHP will serve 2,600 families through these programs. Columbus Housing Partnership offers both affordable rental and home ownership opportunities throughout Columbus and the surrounding region, and provides programs that offer residents support and the opportunity to keep their homes and families stable, safe and secure. Through these programs and a number of out of and after school programs, Columbus Housing Partnership is a partner in building communities and enhancing the lives of its residents.