Our four spring regional events have been canceled, so we're now offering an online conference that is open to all home repair nonprofits, regardless of location. Simply put, we are stronger together! We need to support each other now more than ever. Join us for virtual learning and networking! We will host ten sessions over the course of two days.

The cost is just $15 per member and $30 per non-member. While multiple people may gather around one screen, we request that organizations register and pay for each person participating. Scholarships are available upon request. Attend as many or as few of the sessions as you'd like for this one low rate! All sessions will be recorded and shared with those who register. 

Schedule: (all are listed in Eastern Daylight Time)

Thursday, April 23

10:00-10:50am - Compassion Fatigue led by Dale Hamilton, a licensed professional clinical counselor who has worked as a therapist with Family Life Counseling Service, a program of Christian Appalachian Project, for 12 years. He also currently serves as the President of the Kentucky Association of Adult Development and AgingThis training will look at the elements of compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, burnout and fatigue in people providing services. We will look at how to recognize it, what it looks like, why we are susceptible, and discuss how to heal. 

11:00-11:50am - Keynote: Housing As Healthcare by Cara Stewart, Chief of Staff of the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Office. She is a former attorney with Kentucky Equal Justice Center and legal aid groups in Kentucky where she represented tenants in landlord-tenant disputes. Cara is passionate about housing as health care; she is an expert on Medicaid as successfully sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for approving Kentucky's work reporting and cost-sharing requirements. Cara is also on the Board of Directors for the Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky. 

11:50am-1:00pm - break

1:00-1:50pm - Case Studies in Volunteer Recruitment & Retention (panel session). Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofits. Recruiting new volunteers and retaining current ones is essential to accomplishing our home repair mission. Learn from your peers: three ReFrame Association members will share best practices in volunteer marketing, recruitment, appreciation, and retention. 

2:00-2:50pm - Advocacy 202: State & Local led by Carley Ruff, Director of State and Local Relations at Habitat for Humanity International in Washington, DC. Carley will share for about 30 minutes about how Habitat affiliates advocate for funding and policies at the state and local levels. You'll gain ideas about what to advocate for and how to be successful in your efforts. The remaining 20 minutes will consist of ReFrame Association members sharing about their experiences advocating at the state and local levels, and time for Q&A. Please join us for this session if you have information to share or questions to ask about state/local advocacy! 

3:00-4:00pm - Underpinning, Drywall Repairs & Floor Repairs led by Ron Morrow, Housing Lead Person at Christian Appalachian Project. He will share ideas for using donated materials such as concrete board for underpinning projects and will also provide mini demonstrations of drywall repairs and floor repairs. Ron comes from a commercial construction background - he spent 35 years in that industry and has worked for CAP for about 5 years. 


Friday, April 24

10:00-10:50am - (Faith-Based Session) 3 Pillars of a Healthy Home: Physical, Relational, Spiritual led by Bob Beggs and Deb Lego of Good Works, Inc. in Pennsylvania. This interactive session will focus on three key elements of holistic healthcare that home repair organizations can readily implement. Challenging homeowner engagement scenarios will be discussed and response strategies shared that will triple your impact on each and every workday.

11:00-11:50am - Succession Planning led by Meg Robertson, consultant (and Board member with Appalachia Service Project and former Associate Director at Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte). Nonprofits that are serious about their own sustainability will also be serious about planning for smooth and thoughtful transitions of leadership - as well as making sure their nonprofit is prepared for unexpected departures. This webinar is geared towards Executive Directors, senior staff, and board members, although anyone interested in the topic may attend. Learn how to create a succession plan, what should be on a checklist of information to pass along before you leave your organization, and more! 

11:50am-1:00pm - Break

1:00-1:50pm - Home Repair Grants for Veterans led by Jason Latona, Chief for Specially Adapted Housing at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. Veterans are eligible to receive up to $2,000 for home repairs related to non-service-connected disabilities and up to $6,800 for home repairs related to service-connected disabilities through the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant. Veterans may choose to have a nonprofit complete the repairs; there is a mechanism for the funds to be transferred to such organizations, and they can include administrative fees. Learn how to help your clients apply for this and other larger grants that are available to veterans with severe service-related disabilities. 

2:00-2:50pm - (Not confirmed yet) Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Home Repair Programs? While we gather every Tuesday for a peer-to-peer discussion about our COVID-19 responses, this webinar will elevate the conversation. An expert (TBD) will walk us through the various relief bills and offer guidance about how the new legislation could help sustain our organizations despite canceled programs, stock market crashes, and other economic challenges. You won't want to miss this session!

3:00-4:00pm - Person-Centered and Trauma-Informed Care: More Tools for Our Toolbox led by Sarah Chao and Kelly Loeb of Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City. The case managers leading this session will define "trauma" and explain its systemic impact; describe the key components of a person-centered, trauma-informed approach; and identify specific tools for fostering compassion and resilience in our own lives and the lives of others (volunteers, home repair clients, permanent and temporary staff, etc.).

ReFrame Online 2020 - a virtual conference for home repair programs

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  • Thursday Apr 23 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Friday Apr 24 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Online (Eastern Daylight Time)
    United States