2019 Conference Schedule

The event packet can be viewed here; a printed version will be available at conference check-in.

View detailed session descriptions here.  

Wednesday, November 6th

9:00am-12:00pm Pre-Conference Workshops (includes lunch; separate tickets are required)

  • Floor Coverings 
  • Your Greatest Resource: Your Story 
  • Building Resilience: Self-Care Strategies for People Who Serve


12:00-1:00pm Conference Check-In (and boxed lunch for Pre-Conference Workshop attendees)

1:00-2:00pm Opening Session & Plenary

  • Breaking New Ground: The Urgency to Build Public Will Around Housing 


2:15-3:15pm Break-Out Sessions 1

  • Breaking New Ground Workshop: The Urgency to Build Public Will Around Housing
  • Tool Safety Training 
  • Diversity & Inclusive Language & Actions 
  • Best Practices for Managing Camp-Model Volunteers 
  • Best Practices for Managing Local Volunteers 


3:15-3:30pm Snack & Coffee/Tea Break

3:30-5:00pm Networking in Small Groups (formerly called Roundtables) 

5:00-5:30pm General Gathering: Best Practices Awards, Door Prizes, etc.

5:45pm Dinner at local restaurants with small groups of conference attendees (optional) 

7:30-9:00pm Filmfest (optional; new for 2019!)


Thursday, November 7th

8:00-9:00am Continental Breakfast & Optional Devotion

9:00-10:00am Ice Breakers & Plenary

  • The Power of Story 


10:15-11:45am Break-Out Sessions 2

  • Their Story
  • Construction Basics: Plumbing & Vinyl Siding
  • Advanced Construction: Window Installation & Roof Flashing
  • Advocacy 102
  • From Funders to Partners


12:00-1:00pm Networking Lunch 

1:15-2:15pm Break-Out Sessions 3

  •  Wrap-around Services for Homeowners
  • Case Studies of Home Repair Partnerships
  • The Last Outhouse
  • Is Home Repair Eclipsing your Ministry?


2:30-3:30pm Break-Out Sessions 4

  • Video Production
  • Worksite Safety
  • Ethics in Storytelling
  • Healthy Homes: Partnering with Healthcare Providers to Improve Outcomes


3:30-4:00pm Peer Session Sign-Ups with Snack & Coffee/Tea Break 

4:00-5:00pm Break-Out Sessions 5

  • Video Editing
  • Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan
  • God Stories
  • Volunteer Recognition: Beyond Plaques, Pins, and Parties


5:00-5:30pm General Gathering: Silent auction winners announced, door prizes, etc.

6:00pm Dinner at local restaurants with small groups of conference attendees (optional)


Friday, November 8th

7:00-8:00am Hot Breakfast Buffet & Optional Devotion

8:00-9:00am Peer Session Agenda Reveal & Plenary

  • Rural Studio: Educating the Citizen Architect


9:15-10:15am Break-Out Sessions 6

  • Lessons Learned in Affordable Housing Details
  • 3 peer sessions TBD 


10:30-11:30am Break-Out Sessions 7 

  • The Burden of High Air Infiltration Rates
  • 3 peer sessions TBD


11:30-11:45am Snack & Coffee/Tea Break

11:45am-12:45am Break-Out Sessions 8

  • Case Studies in Collegiate Partnerships
  • 3 peer sessions TBD


1:00-1:15pm Closing Announcements (and door prizes & exhibitor giveaways)


NOTE:  Four sessions will run concurrently during each of the Break-out Sessions (five occur when there is a session split such as beginner/advanced construction or camp model/local volunteers). On Friday, three of these concurrent sessions will be peer sessions to be determined during the event, and one will be pre-planned.