Homeport -- with a special $10,000 grant from the State Auto Insurance Foundation -- will conduct in March the first of 10 bus tours designed to educate community leaders about the organization’s mission, and to grow involvement.
Homeport End-Of-Year Campaign Coming Soon
As the Holiday Season approaches, it is a time to celebrate – and reflect on those less fortunate. In coming weeks, Homeport will soon be offering an opportunity to take action on the latter.
An award-winning, 27-year-old HUD-certified non-profit, Homeport critically benefits over 5,000 Central Ohio residents through affordable home ownership and rental opportunities, foreclosure prevention counseling and on-site educational and after-school programs for children.
So, with those missions in mind, Homeport in November and December will be sending out video testimonials from the parents, children, and seniors it serves urging participation in an end-of-year campaign of “Home Matters for Everyone.”
“For many, the security of a safe neighborhood, the stability that an affordable permanent home provides for our family, is something taken for granted,” said Peter Tripp, Director of Donor and Investor Relations for Homeport. “This luxury allows us to provide for our children and the peace that we find knowing our parents and grandparents can grow old with dignity.”
But too many of our neighbors in Central Ohio will spend the holidays reflecting on the stress in their lives caused by living in a blighted neighborhood, moving from one run-down apartment to another or growing old with scarce financial resources, Tripp said.
That is why the organization will be sending out in November and December video testimonials urging support in various gift levels, from a $25 donation to join the Army of a Thousand to help kids, to a gift of $1,000 to help build affordable homes.
“Every gift matters,” said Tripp.
For individuals who want to learn more about Homeport, or wish to donate early, visit the organization’s web site at www.homeportohio.org/give.
“You matter to your struggling neighbors – We all matter to a thriving community. This is an opportunity to make a difference,” Tripp said.
256 Donors Match $100,000 Challenge From 10 Donors
Homeport in November 2013 launched a fund-raising initiative, banking on boxing champion Muhammad Ali’s quote that “Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.”
By the end of August 2014, 256 members of the public answered the bell.
Giving gifts of $25 to $3000, the donors, together, raised in excess of $100,000, freeing an additional $100,000 offered to Homeport as a fund-raising challenge from 10 generous and anonymous donors.
“Because of our ‘Challenge’ Champions, $200,000 in new revenue is available to help Homeport give more people the security that a home provides,” said Peter Tripp, Homeport’s Director of Donor & Investor Relations.
“The majority of the matching gift funds were from new donors who believe in Homeport’s underlying belief that everyone deserves an affordable home in a safe neighborhood where they can raise their children with pride and where we can grow old with dignity,” Tripp said.
The new funding from the program can be used across the board in Homeport’s mission in helping residents find stability and a pathway out of poverty. Programs run the gamut from financial education to access to food and preventive health care.
“Community members can still participate in the ‘Champions’ initiative or other fund-raising programs offered by Homeport,” Tripp said. “To learn more on how you too can be a champion, to keep the dream alive for our neighbors who need a hand-up not a hand-out, visit www.homeportohio.org/give. Every gift of every size matters.”
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.
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.
The Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter summer associates held an office fundraiser raising $3,337 for Homeport in July. The guests enjoyed food, good company, and watched Kegler Brown’s Next Top Bartender faceoff which included Chuck Kegler himself and Michael Schottenstein, who is also a member of the Homeport Young Professionals. To everyone at Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, THANK YOU!
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The death of a spouse or partner is difficult enough to deal with. Can you imagine if you also had to deal with decisions about where to live? What if your home suddenly became dangerous to be in now that you were alone, but you could not afford to move? So many of our neighbors face these decisions daily. Give today and help give peace of mind to one more Central Ohio senior.
Every dollar of your support will be matched by generous donors dollar for dollar through August 31st. When you give, you become a Homeport Champion and provide more low-income seniors better lives because of having a safe home they can afford.
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Can you imagine a kid struggling in school with no place to turn for help? Mom is working so he can't stay after school to get help. Homeport brings after school tutoring to low-income kids right where they live so "I don't know where to turn" is never an answer. Give today so another kid like John can get the help they need.
Every dollar of your support will be matched dollar for dollar by generous donors who have pledged to double your impact now through April 30th. When you give, you become a Homeport Champion and provide more low income children with better lives because of decent, safe and affordable homes, plus essential services that help provide a pathway out of poverty.
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Can you imagine not having an affordable home in a safe neighborhood for your kids? Can you imagine when necessities take priority over helping your child dream big? Give a mom what she really wants – to see her kids succeed. Donate today.
Every dollar of your support will be matched dollar for dollar by generous donors who have pledged to double your impact now through April 30th. When you give, you become a Homeport Champion and provide more low income parents with better lives because of decent, safe and affordable homes, plus essential services that help provide a pathway out of poverty.
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In the State of the City address, Mayor Mike Coleman shared that a shocking 60% of third graders in Columbus City Schools are unable to pass the state reading exam. All too often, parents are forced to move in the middle of a school year in order to maintain housing, causing children to move from classroom to classroom. A stable home is directly linked a child's education and future success.
We must make affordable housing that is safe and decent available to all of our neighbors in Central Ohio. All children deserve the opportunity to succeed and dream.
Please donate today.
Every dollar of your support will be matched dollar for dollar by generous donors who have pledged to double your impact now through April 30th. When you give, you become a Homeport Champion and provide more low income kids and families access to decent, safe and affordable housing that help provide a pathway out of poverty.
Can you imagine your parent or loved one having to choose between rent, food or medication? Many seniors have a built in support system, maybe a family member that they can turn to when they really need something and don’t know where to turn. Many do not. We need to be that family – that safety net for many people.
Please donate today.
Every dollar of your support will be matched dollar for dollar by generous donors who have pledged to double your impact now through April 30th. When you give, you become a Homeport Champion and provide more low income kids, families and seniors with better lives because of decent, safe and affordable homes, plus essential services that help provide a pathway out of poverty.
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Moving into a Homeport home not only means a low-income family or senior has a roof over their head, but it means the peace of mind knowing they can afford that roof over their head. Green homes help keep utility costs low, and safety and security in a decent neighborhood are our priorities. The Homeport way is to give a hand-up not a hand-out, so we ensure families and seniors can access important programs and services that everyone deserves. Bringing people home is not only about providing for the basic need of shelter but about making sure everyone has the chance to dream and succeed. Your neighbors need your help.
Now through April 30th, you can double your impact when you give through a dollar for dollar match by other generous donors!
Give today. A family is waiting for you to help them come home.
We know providing safe, decent and affordable housing is the keystone to success in the lives of individuals and families, but sometimes it's great to hear about this impact firsthand.
During our Challenge Match, a generous group of donors have pledged to double your impact when you become a Homeport Champion by matching your gift dollar for dollar!