2019 Conference Sessions

The event includes 3 pre-conference workshops, 3 plenary speeches, and 32 break-out sessions.

We're excited to announce some of the break-out sessions: 

Their Story: about utilizing the power of others' stories to recruit, train, and retain volunteers, led by Tony Marr (plenary speaker). 

The Burden of High Air Infiltration Rates: about the impact that air infiltration has on heating bills, and a strategy for improving energy efficiency rates and indoor air quality standards, led by Emily McGlohn of Rural Studio (plenary speaker).

Lessons Learned in Affordable Housing: best practices in construction, including the varied foundation and wall assemblies used in Rural Studio's 20K House Project. Led by Emily McGlohn (plenary speaker). 

Storytelling Through Video: Production & Editing (two sessions).

Wrap-Around Sessions For Homeowners: how to connect those receiving home repairs with other services they need.

Is Home Repair Eclipsing your Ministry?: for Christian nonprofits, about effectively integrating faith with works.

Advisory Councils: a panel about best practices in utilizing community feedback in program planning.

Construction Training for Trainers: demonstrations of training sessions for temporary staff on various topics; beginner and advanced sessions will be offered. (Let us know if you'd like to help lead this session!)

Advocacy 102: session about advocating at the federal, state and local levels for funding and policies that help home repair nonprofits and people living in substandard housing.

Breaking New Ground-The Urgency to Build Public Will Around Housing: Dr. Tiffany Manuel (plenary speaker), an expert in public will building, will lead a dynamic, engaging session about how all of us can take advantage of the current momentum in the field and make a stronger case for our work.

The Last Outhouse:Housing Assistance Council in Washington, DC will share about their campaign to fund and publicize a multifaceted initiative with the goal of eliminating outhouses and inadequate plumbing in our country. ReFrame organizations are invited to help strategize, plan, and implement this unique approach to a persistent problem that has an achievable solution.

How To Build Strong Funding Partnerships:Learn from the experts! Panelists from Appalachia Service Project and the East Tennessee Foundation will share about their partnership to fund replacement homes in Sevier County, Tennessee after the devastating wildfires in 2016, and panelists from Greenville County Redevelopment Authority and Rebuild Upstate will share about their partnership to repair homes in South Carolina. Ginger Keller-Ferguson, a fundraising consultant with KFA Nonprofit Funding Solutions, will also share her insights.

Additional session topics and the detailed session descriptions will be available in the coming months. 

Note about Friday Morning Peer Sessions: Prior to the conference (and on Wednesday and Thursday at the event), participants will have the opportunity to nominate session topics and to volunteer to lead sessions. These peer sessions are typically roundtables and discussion-based, but there may be a few presentations as well. Attendees will vote on their favorite proposed sessions on Thursday afternoon and we'll notify those selected that evening. The schedule will be announced to everyone on Friday morning. There will be three hour-long sessions with 3 peer sessions (and 1 pre-planned session) running concurrently.