It all began in November 2011 with our first annual conference in Johnson City, TN, for organizations concentrated in central Appalachia.
The second conference grew to include nearly 100 participants and expanded to include speakers and workshop leaders.
The association officially formed on November 14 – also the first full day of our annual conference – with nine charter member organizations.
What began in the smoky hills of the Appalachian mountains grew to represent the entire nation in our field as momentum from our 2013 conference, which included representatives from 14 states, carried us into the year.
Our board refined our strategic plan and created a ten-year vision, and our members repaired homes in 32 states!
Our 6th annual conference was held at a new location, and our membership grew!
We launched a new online members' portal with a video library, job board, and more.
We incorporated ReFrame Foundation, our sister 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which can apply for grants and accept tax-deductible donations.
We hosted our first regional events in Pennsylvania and South Carolina and organized an advocacy event in Washington, DC.
Due to the coronavirus, we canceled 4 regional events and hosted a mini online spring conference. We also organized dozens of webinars to help our members navigate the challenges repairing homes during the pandemic.