Homestead U is making the turn!

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It’s that time of the year again! That magical time when many of our residents are moving on, others make the wise decision to stay for another awesome year of residence, and many new faces are starting fresh at Homestead U. Some call it “Turns” others call it “Rush” – whatever you call it, we know it’s our time to shine. That means more man hours and a lot of elbow grease from the Homestead U team.

Repairs, painting, cleaning, scrubbing, moving furniture, landscaping, more cleaning, organizing residents, organizing vendors, fielding concerns, and welcoming our new residents are just the beginning of the tasks our teams do during this crazy time of year. “For some of you, this is the hardest you have ever worked. It will push you to your max, both physically and mentally, and STILL be one of the COOLEST things you have ever done!” says Ally Herron, Director of Operations.

As we prepare for the next school year at our communities, all of us at the home office are grateful for our teams out in the trenches. You are the reason residents come to live at Homestead U, and the reason so many of them decide to stay! “For those of you who have never done turn before, WELCOME TO THE CLUB!  Only those who have done it and survived it, will ever truly get it,” says Herron.

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Employee Spotlight: Austin Lewis

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Name: Austin Lewis

Job Title: Jack of all trades

Property: The Cottages of College Station

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: One year and one month.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: I was working in construction.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Houston, TX.

5.) What are your two favorite hobbies?: Hiking and golf.

6.) What would you most like to tell your 13 year old self?: Be more sociable.

7.) If you could have coffee with three people, dead or alive, who would it be? Guy Purington, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs.

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: JJ Watt, a Houston Texans football player.

9.) What is your dream vacation?: Going to New Zealand.

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: My phone.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? Assisting in the set up of Office 365 and Sharepoint for the company.

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Photos: 2017 HA Summer Outing

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Photos: Shaker Square Summer Party

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Photos: Century City’s National Night Out

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WHAT IS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT?
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. – Taken from natw.org

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The 2017 Ben Franklin Awards

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The overall winners of the Homestead America Ben Franklin contest for 2017….

Best Curb Appeal goes to 

         OLDE TOWNE APARTMENTS!

Congratulations to Rae and Scott (and thanks to all of you that helped in Scott’s absence.)

Olde Towne has that fresh and crisp look and feel we strive for.  Has a very homey yet “resort style” look to it.  Rae even still had her clippers out and branches in her hand when we arrived. “You always find one more thing when you are looking at the small details”

Best Team Effort goes to 

          CENTURY CITY APARTMENTS!

Congratulations to Dustin, Junior, Val, Cheryl, Annette, Carlee, Ed, Walt, Vondale and Terry!

Having a less than shoestring budget did not stop this team from beautifying their community.  They took out many trees (with help from the project days’ teams), they pulled out rose bushes and replanted to the front, painted, primed and shined.  

I would be remiss not to mention all of the maintenance team members that continued the tradition of “project days” and helped out at each others’ communities.  Great team effort!  Special Honorary Mention to Majid who did not miss a single project day!

It made my heart swell with pride to drive around with the owner of our company, great to watch his smile, and have you show off your beautiful communities.  The hard work really showed. GREAT JOB! – Jennifer Cooper, VP of Operations for Homestead America

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