In Memoriam

In 2017, US Together merged with the Columbus International Program, a non-profit dedicated to promoting international understanding through intercultural exchange. In 2018, US Together received numerous bequeathments from former supporters of the Columbus International Program, now the US Together International Program. It is difficult to put into words how grateful we are for their generosity. We are dedicating this page to Jack Smith, Don Streibig, and Helen Johnson, three faithful members of the former Columbus International Program who contributed greatly to its success.



Jack Smith: 


Jack SmithJack Smith dedicated his life to service. After serving in the U.S Navy during the Vietnam War, Jack received his Bachelors Degree in Social Work. For the rest of his career, he worked hard to improve his community. Jack was first employed at the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities in 1977 and worked there until 1999, when he was transferred to the Service Coordination Department. This is where he remained until 2018. Jack loved to travel, and held the importance of international understanding close to his heart.  As a devout member of the former Columbus International Program, Jack provided continuous support to the global community and was directly responsible for placing hundreds of professionals at Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. We are proud to have worked with him! 





Don Streibig:


Donald StreibigDon Streibig was a passionate member of the international community. Don served in the U.S military from 1952-67, first as Entertainment Director in Munich, Germany, then as Chief of Soldier Shows for Europe. When Don returned to Ohio, he became the Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Theatre, and CAPA. According to one of his friends, “Don traveled the world and made friends wherever he landed.” Our International Program is proud to have worked so closely with him!





Helen Johnson: 


spotlight_candleHelen Johnson was a social worker and long time host family for the former Columbus International Program. She provided valuable insight into the organization, and always offered support for international delegations and professionals in residence. As a former CIP board member, Helen assisted with events, cultural nights, and community outreach. We are very grateful for her support and generosity.