STAFF & BOARD
Executive Director Karen Wright
Volunteer Coordinator Sally Campbell Powell
2016 Board of Directors
Jane E. Hukill, President
Courtney Sjostrom, Vice-President
Bill Cameron, Treasurer
Jayne Heckles, Secretary
Wayne Benjamin, MD
Trish Focht, RN
Kristie Hartman, RN
John R. Leek
What is HomePorts?
Founded in 2008, HomePorts is a membership organization helping older adults continue living safely and comfortably in their own homes. Set up by and for local residents, HomePorts is incorporated as a Maryland nonprofit.
Who is eligible?
Those eligible for membership include anyone over 55 living in the greater Kent County area. HomePorts is modeled after similar organizations operating successfully in other regions of the country. 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.
Where is the HomePorts office?
HomePorts maintains an office on the 2nd floor of the Chestertown Town Hall. Call for an appointment.
HomePorts Offers Peace of Mind :
– An initial evaluation of needs – Volunteer help
– Referrals to trusted paid service providers – Discounts from many providers
– Access to home help a phone call away – Follow up to ensure satisfaction
- An initial evaluation of needs
- Access to volunteer help (the only non-denominational local senior volunteer program)
- Referrals to approved vendors
- Home safety assessment
- Quarterly education sessions
- Bi-monthly newslettes
Members have access to our entire group of service providers and volunteers. We meet with each new member to review your needs and help you determine what services may be needed. An optional home safety evaluation is included. Many service providers give special discounts to HomePorts members. In addition, nearly 80 volunteers are available to provide many services at no cost. Our staff is available to arrange the volunteer services you request and to follow up to ensure you received the level of service you deserve.
A cadre of local volunteers can provide local rides, make home visits, and run errands. Volunteers are the lifeblood of HomePorts.
HomePorts maintains a list of local business providers, whom members pay directly. HomePorts screens all of our providers for honesty, reliability, expertise, fair pricing and quality of workmanship. A single phone call to the Executive Director puts you in touch with recommended, reliable services.