Angies Corner: Won’t Back Down

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In honor of one of my all time favorite singers, Tom Petty: 

“Well, I won’t back down. No, I won’t back down. You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down. No, I’ll stand my ground. Won’t be turned around. And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down. Gonna stand my ground.” – “I Won’t Back Down,” 1989.


The Ranch Lubbock Gets a New Resident Life Center

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Exciting news for Homestead U and The Ranch family in Lubbock, Texas. The property recently finished it’s bigger and better resident life center. The project included a bigger bistro, a bigger fitness center and a bigger computer lab. With a complete overhaul of the interior design. “With this competitive and evolving market, this is the game changer we were looking for.” Said Ally Herron, Homestead U Asset Manager.



The Pavilion Adds a Dog Park

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The Pavilion Apartments in Charlottesville, Virginia, recently finished their new dog park in the courtyard of the property. The leasing office and clubhouse at the property are also getting a remodel. Many new cosmetic improvements have already happened around the property.


Home Office News

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Faith Schiffer – HA Staff Accountant

Faith Schiffer joins the team as a Staff Accountant for Homestead America. Schiffer is originally from Springfield, Ohio. She earned her accounting degree while attending Clark State and Wright State University. Previously, Schiffer worked for residential and commercial construction and even worked in a cemetery once.  

In her spare time (which is rare), Faith volunteers at an animal shelter. She also enjoys reading mystery novels (Mary Higgins Clark is her favorite). She also has a son in his 20’s. Faith loves oldies music, and feels blessed to be close friends with a member of Phil Dirt and the Dozers (Her favorite band).

Faith also has two dogs (a Pug and a Brussels Griffon). Both are rescues and are spoiled. Side note: she can be bribed with chocolate and coffee.


Melissa Jackson – HR Administrator

Melissa Jackson, also known as MJ, was recently promoted to HR Administrator at the Home Office in Columbus. Originally from Coshocton, Ohio, MJ moved to Columbus to attend the Ohio Dominican University. She has experience in finance and analytics.

In her free time she takes ballet classes and enjoys going to the theater and concerts. MJ is also an avid reader who loves to travel.


Employee Spotlight: Greg Burchwell

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Name: Greg Burchwell

Job Title: Maintenance Supervisor

Property: Clintonville Commons / King Ave.

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: 9 1/2 years.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: Managing warehouses.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Right here in Ohio.

5.) What are your two favorite hobbies?: Shooting and fixing my 112 year old house.

6.) What would you most like to tell your 13 year old self?: Don’t grow up.

7.) If you could have coffee with three people, dead or alive, who would it be? John Wayne, Mike Rowe, and Bob Newhart.

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: Flippo the Clown

9.) What is your dream vacation?: Getting to go back to Hawaii

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

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? Winning the Ben Franklin twice.


Photos: Shaker Square Back to School Party

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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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