At Home By High now is serving Columbus residents 50 and older who live in neighborhoods that straddle North High Street between Interstate 670 and the University District
The organization closes a gap for residents -- such as those in the Short North -- who are out of reach of Village in the Ville, which serves Clintonville, and Village Connections, which serves German Village and surrounding neighborhoods.
Katie Beaumont, executive director of At Home By High, said the soon-to-be nonprofit is open to anyone seeking camaraderie, help with minor home repairs or transportation.
The organization is awaiting word on its status as a registered nonprofit group, Beaumont said, and more information is available at athomeby-high.org.
"The whole model is about creating community and fun," Beaumont said.
Social memberships are $100 annually; full memberships are $200 a year.
Beaumont said she helped create the organization when she was volunteering at Age-Friendly Columbus.
She said she watched her mother's dementia worsen quickly after she was placed in Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber, an assisted-living facility in Harrison West.
With a child at home, Beaumont said, she struggled to meet the needs of her mother.
"I knew there was a huge need, not just in the nation as a whole, but neighborhood-specific," said Beaumont, who lives in Italian Village. "I wanted to do something, get involved with my neighborhood but geared toward older adults initially."
She cited statistics from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission that suggest 3,000 people age 50 and older live in the At Home By High service area, bounded by Interstate 670 to the south, Olentangy River Road to the west, Clintonville to the north and the railroad tracks to the east.
Beaumont said the "village" concepts, known for helping seniors stay in their homes as they age, have readjusted their pitch, calling on people on the younger end of the spectrum to join the group for coffee, dinner, movies and other social events.
Busier people also might be in need of the services At Home By High offers, she said.
"With winter coming, snow removal is going to be a huge thing," Beaumont said.
Village Connections, which launched in 2014, has a similar mission. It now has 60 members, said Kristen Schweitzer, executive director of the organization.
Schweitzer said she and Christine Happel, executive director of Village in the Ville, have been working with Beaumont for about a year to set up At Home by High.
"The more 'villages' in our city and our state is better for all of us," Schweitzer said.
Beaumont said she would continue to meet with Schweitzer and Happel to create new ideas and strategies for her organization.
"The whole reason we were able to get started so quickly was because of their help," she said.