September 25, 2020
Home, Inc. staff thanking donors during the May, 2020 YSGiving Tuesday Now Campaign

and Did You Know?

Home, Inc. regularly incorporates collaboration into their work!

In Her Own Words—Executive Director, Emily Seibel

We find ourselves in a global pandemic where the inequalities in our society are brought into sharper focus. Across Yellow Springs, organizations are collaborating to meet residents' needs head-on. We’ve been participating in a new Housing Stability Task Force convened by the Yellow Springs Community Foundation. In addition to resident surveys, the task force is connecting residents to legal assistance, financial coaching services through Home, Inc., and housing and utility assistance from area resources. The Foundation has generously provided $20,000 in housing assistance funds for residents in need. If you know someone who could benefit from an emergency rental assistance grant, please contact Florence Randolph, the YS Community Outreach Specialist for the Village of Yellow Springs at: 937-767-3716, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or by email at: 

Early on in the pandemic, we fundraised to connect residents with emergency food provisions in partnership with the Yellow Springs Community Foundation's Food Insecurity Fund, local pantries, and the Community Outreach program through the Village of Yellow Springs. We also received funding to directly assist our rental tenants in need. We pledge not to monetarily evict anyone this year due to COVID-19-related financial hardship. 

We are also in the process of launching a new collaboration that has been more than a year in the making. The Inclusive and Resilient Yellow Springs Coalition is a collaboration to meaningfully support diversity in Yellow Springs with participation by The 365 Project, Yellow Springs Home, Inc., the YSCF, the Chamber of Commerce, Yellow Springs Schools, Livable/Equitable/Age Friendly Yellow Springs, the Yellow Springs Senior Center, Antioch College, the Village of Yellow Springs, with the hope to include the YS News and WYSO. The coalition will engage the community to identify and remove barriers at the intersection of racial and socioeconomic equity. 

A big change for us is having to replace our annual fundraiser, the Progressive Dinner, with something that brings people together to build community, share authentically, and celebrate our mission remotely. We are happy to bring a new event to our community soon, with details to follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned, and thank you for all of your support! 

Donate:  Home, Inc.   
For more information: about Home, Inc. 


Miami Township Trustees have voted to generously apportion $20,000 of funding from the Federal Cares Act to the Yellow Springs Credit Union (YSCU) COVID-19 Emergency Assistance to Individuals for rent relief. Of the $115,000 total given to the fund so far, $40,000 has been earmarked for rent relief grants that can also be used to cover utilities.
A big Shout Out to Miami Township Trustees, the Foundation Trustees, Community Outreach Specialist Florence, the Morgan Family Foundation, the YSCU Executive Director Sandy Hollenberg and the YSCU Board for finding yet more ways to offer assistance to those struggling to meet basic needs.
Applicants seeking rent relief funds should contact Florence Randolph, who will assist applicants through the easy process at the Yellow Springs Credit Union. Funds can generally be available the same day as the application is completed.
If you need rent relief or know someone who does, contact Florence Randolph: 937-767-3716 
To donate: COVID-19 Emergency Loan Assistance Program
For more information: YSCF COVID-19 Community Support Funds
Staff Member Highlight
Len Kramer



Len Kramer moved to Yellow Springs in 1968 after graduation from Cornell University with an engineering degree. He worked at Wright-Patterson for 35 years, earned a Masters in Management from Antioch University McGregor, has been involved in community activities, and continues to work as a consultant in organizational development and capacity building.

As a Civil Service employee of the Air Force, Len held many positions as an engineer, analyst, logistician, and human resource manager. He created the first Directorate of Human Resources at the base,  coordinating and integrating the workforce related activities of over 30 separate organizations.

Since retirement, Len has been a consultant in organizational development and capacity building for companies and nonprofits, including the use of Appreciative Inquiry, a strength-based approach to strategic planning using the Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results (SOAR) model.

Len has served on the boards of local organizations, and he has volunteered as a mediator and facilitator with the Village Mediation Program for over 30 years. He was an “instigator” of the YS 2010 Visioning effort and is the project manager for Courageous Conversations, a joint program of the Yellow Springs Havurah and The 365 Project to develop strategies for anti-racist actions in our community.

For the last two years, Len has been an Encore Miller Fellow with the Foundation, working to enhance the experiences of Miller Fellows, enhance collaboration among community nonprofits, and benefit the community he calls home.

  Our Journey

Understanding the depth and breadth of slavery's impact in the United States—and beyond—requires scrutinizing our history through a different lens than many if not most of us have experienced and been taught. 
"The 1619 Project," published in The New York Times beginning in August 2019, includes a series of articles that "place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative." From the prison system, to the American diet, to the wealth gap and education, this resource will get and keep you thinking.
 The 1619 Project 
The following is an excellent, exhaustive glossary of terms related to racism from the CARED Collective: 
CARED Collective Racism Glossary
You're welcome to Join Us on our journey.
We would love to hear your thoughts on how we and the community can make these structural changes:

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
Interested in joining us in support of our community? Become a volunteer or committee member:


Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 9/23) Lori Askeland & Frank Doden - Helen Eier - Robert Oldham - Allison Paul - Kayla & Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 9/23) Andrea & Edward Brady - Zoey Bryant - Jeannamarie Cox - Karen & Matt Denman - Ann Poortinga - Dr. Mary White

Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 9/23) Robert Oldham - Bobbi & Greg Treadwell

Join us! To donate to funds at YSCF:

Events & News

Remember to b r e a t h e – as together we will get through this and whatever comes our way. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please reach out: or call 937-767-2655. 

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Our Mission 
Entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing community life, we are a catalyst and resource for local charitable giving and grant making.


Lisa Abel, President, Richard Bullock, Vice President, Matthew Denman, Treasurer,  Todd Leventhal, Vice Treasurer, Kayla Rothman-Zecher, Secretary, 
Theresa Graham, Angie Hsu, Artie Isaac, Ellis Jacobs, Joanne Lakomski, Joshua Madra  Roger Reynolds, Kathryn Van der Heiden 

Jeannamarie Cox, Executive Director
Kimberly Kremer, Financial Administrator
Kat Walter, Program Manager
Melissa Heston, Outreach Manager
Harvey Curran, Volunteer Project Manager

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