2019 Pre-Conference Workshops 

All workshops will be held from 9am-12pm on Wednesday, November 6th at MeadowView Marriott in Kingsport, TN.The cost is $45 for members and $65 for non-members. Workshop registration includes a breakfast snack (whole fruit, granola bar, and coffee, hot chocolate, and tea) and a boxed lunch (turkey sandwich with swiss cheese, tomato, and lettuce on a kaiser roll - vegetarian option available, apple, chips, cookies, and iced tea or water), which will be available at 12pm. ReFrame Conference begins at 1pm.

Building Resilience: Self-Care Strategies For People Who Serve – Resilience is a quality of capacity. It is the ability to recover quickly from stress or difficulty. When working in the realm of nonprofits, stress and difficulty can often be the name of the game. How do you practice self-care when serving others (without causing yourself more stress in the process)? This session will provide some practical strategies for beginning or deepening a holistic self-care practice. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to incorporate recovery into their everyday lives so that they may increase their capacity for resilience and serve at a deeper level. K.C. Gott of Knoxville, Tennessee will lead the workshop. She is an intuitive coach and teacher. She was a lecturer at East Tennessee State University and is a certified professional coach and a certified holistic health coach. K.C. has a passion for helping people see possibilities, connect to their desires, identify their intentions, and create the structures for making dreams into realities. She will also be available throughout ReFrame Conference for complimentary 60-minute coaching sessions for staff teams. More information and sign-ups will be available in late September. (Please note that this is an updated workshop; Jennifer Rackley Chacon was lined up to lead "Mindset & Self-Care" but had a scheduling conflict, so we've replaced her session with this.)

Floor Coverings – This workshop will be led by Cory Rundle, Store Manager & Design Consultant at Providence Flooring & Painting. Established in 2009, the retail store has the best and most extensive selection of floor coverings in the Tri-Cities area. The main topic of this class will be vinyl plank flooring, also called luxury vinyl flooring (LVF). This product is similar to laminate flooring but has superior resistance to moisture and muffles sound better, too. It is fairly easy for volunteers to install, and is affordable. You'll learn about three waterproof floors that are suitable for unstable environments: vinyl click lock WPC (Wood Polymer Composite core), vinyl click lock SPC (Stone Poylmer Composite core), and a vinyl loose-lay floor. You'll also learn about a floor transition product, SlimTrim. Another product that will be covered in the workshop is peel & stick carpet tiles. While some home repair nonprofits shy away from installing carpet because of its effect on indoor air quality (carpet may act as a repository for pollutants), some homeowners request it. Carpet provides an extra layer of insulation, and peel & stick carpet tiles are quite durable. If a tile gets damaged, you can easily remove and replace it. The material is very easy for volunteers to install, so it's another affordable option. Cory will share technical information about multiple products and offer tricks and tips for their installation, including in doorways and transitions between rooms. There will be demonstration models and opportunities for hands-on practice with both products during the workshop. Thanks to the following companies for donating sample products: Engineered Floors, WFS Wholesale, Kraus Collection.

Your Greatest Resource: Your Story – In this workshop, participants will gain understanding about what a story is, what it means for their life and leadership, what makes a great story, and how to craft a story for any occasion and need. They will also learn and practice communication principles and skills to help them effectively communicate their stories for maximum impact. This class will help home repair staff with marketing, recruiting volunteers and staff, acquiring donors, and more! Tony Marr will lead this workshop. He has spent the past 20 years helping organizations and their leaders uncover, craft, and communicate their personal and corporate story. A literal Master Storyteller (he has a Master of Arts in Storytelling), he has spent years captivating audiences with stories of humor, hope, and history. Tony will be giving a plenary address during ReFrame Conference, “The Power of Story,” and will also lead a break-out session, “Their Story” (about utilize the power of others' stories to recruit, train, and retain volunteers). Learn more.