Thoughts on Week One

Greetings from the Columbus Housing Partnership! As a Columbus Foundation fellow this summer, I am working with the Columbus Housing Partnership, a local non-profit which provides affordable housing to low- and moderate-income families, as well as a multitude of other services. I’m working specifically in the Housing Advisory Center, which offers free housing counseling, financial and foreclosure prevention classes, and help for first-time homebuyers.

I’m now done with my first week at CHP, and I have to say, I am loving it! I’ve been sitting in on meetings and counseling sessions, and shadowing various members of the Housing Counseling department in order to get a better understanding of how CHP functions internally. I’ve gotten to see how a client’s file moves through the department, from the moment they call in for the first time to when the Follow-Up Specialist closes the file months or even years later. I’ve sat in on Foreclosure Prevention workshops, and I can confidently say that I know more about foreclosures and mortgages than most people my age! I also observed a Resource Development meeting, getting an idea of how the grant process works and how CHP is funded (hint: A LOT of grants!). One of the things I love most is that, as an intern, I get to see both the small, day to day activities and the overall structure and functioning of the organization, giving me a unique perspective on the workings of a nonprofit. 

Now that I’ve gotten the hang of how the department works and what they do here, I’m getting started on my project. This summer I am creating and distributing a survey to identify employment needs amongst CHP clients. Once I determine the needs of CHP clients, I’ll get to work creating a database of local employment resources with whom CHP can partner and refer their clients to. I’m really looking forward to digging in deeper and collaborating with both CHP staff and other organizations!

One of the things which has most impressed me about CHP is the dedication and passion of the staff. They work long hours here, and, like at most non-profits, probably not for a whole lot of money. But there is a sense of dedication and caring in everything they do here, and it’s so inspiring to be a part of it! 

Well, that’s all from me today. I’m having a great experience so far, and can’t wait to see what the next few weeks bring!

Christina – Columbus Housing Partnership

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