2018 marks our Tenth Anniversary: In celebration, HomePorts is offering new members a six-month trial membership for $100. Financial assistance for those on a limited income may also be available. Click here for info.
An organization to help older adults continue living safely and comfortably in their own homes, HomePorts was set up by and for local residents and is incorporated as a Maryland nonprofit.
Those eligible include anyone over 55 living in the greater Kent County area. HomePorts is modeled after similar organizations operating successfully in other regions. Founding members spent two years studying other such “villages”, which are springing up rapidly in many communities and are cited by experts as the wave of the future. There are now over 30 in Maryland.
In the past, if someone had difficulty living by themselves, it was a signal that now was time to move in with family or go to a nursing home. But, for most people, that no longer is the case. Today, we can live on our own for many years, even as we grow older and start needing help with everyday tasks. However, success requires some careful planning. Access to and membership in a village can be a significant part of that plan.
Members benefit from a cadre of over 80 volunteers who provide rides, home visits, and errands for members. Referrals are made to reliable paid service providers for long distance transportation; interior and exterior home maintenance; home care; personal assistance & trouble shooting; pet services, and more. All vendors used are interviewed and approved by a review committee and are local business persons.
HomePorts extensively screens all vendors to ensure honesty, reliability, expertise, fair pricing, and quality of workmanship. Click here to find out more about our services.
We are always seeking volunteers! Take a few minutes to watch our training video to find out more.
Click here if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.
Along with our Annual Health Fair we offer discussions and events throughout the year.
Click here for a list of upcoming events.
The driver was on time, very sociable, very good driver and didn’t mind that the screening took more time than it was supposed to be.
“I am very happy with everything about HomePorts. It is such a comfort to know I have them to call when I need someone.” Bette
“FYI – Homeports came through for me marvelously. I was given the name of a woman who drove me from the Wilmington station to Tilden Lane on a fee for service basis. I was grateful that Homeports was available and can recommend competent help. Please pass the word along.” Sybil Wolin, Chestertown
“HomePorts is peace of mind for me, my friends, and family. Even though I don’t need much help yet, I support HomePorts so it will be there when I really need it.” Ann Collins, Member
“I am so happy with my volunteers. It is a nice feeling to know I can count on HomePorts and people I know.” Ruthie
“HomePorts has unfailingly been very supportive with me and has never failed me. I hope all the volunteers are as nice as the many nice volunteers I have had. I love that Nancy comes back once a month to visit. She is very interested in my thoughts and wishes.” Traude
I must tell you, I think Home Ports is a wondereful organization and see such a need. Much of my respect for what you all are doing has, I believe, to do with dignity. Dignity of aging, striving to remain independent for a few more years. How sad to see people age and with that the loss of their independence, increasing dependent on those who are “too busy”, and the feeling they are becoming a burden. Your organization helps to delay that a few more years. Congratulations and thanks to all the volunteers at Home Ports. Sincerely, Wayne Benjamin, MD
Met some nice men! (wish I were younger!)
I don’t know where I would be without the help from HomePorts
“During the many months I was recovering from a bad auto accident, I could not work in my gardens. HomePorts recommended several good people they had carefully vetted. The person I selected was knowledgeable, responsible and affordable. He literally saved my gardens, and is back again this year although I can now work along side.” Sandra J., Member