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Monday, September 16
 

8:30am

Competent Person Training Day 1
Monday September 16, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Bluebird

12:30pm

Lunch Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019

Monday September 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Dining Hall

6:00pm

Dinner Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019

Monday September 16, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Dining Hall
 
Tuesday, September 17
 

8:00am

Breakfast Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019 

Tuesday September 17, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Dining Hall

8:30am

Competent Person Training Day 2
Tuesday September 17, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Bluebird

9:00am

QLO Training and MPAR Session
Tuesday September 17, 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
Region Room

9:00am

12:30pm

Lunch Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019

Tuesday September 17, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Dining Hall

6:00pm

Dinner Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019

Tuesday September 17, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Dining Hall
 
Wednesday, September 18
 

7:30am

Self-Guided Devotional
Be boldly faithful

Good morning and welcome to Camp Habitat 2019! We hope you enjoy this quiet time of reflection and encouragement.

I once asked, “God, why Habitat?” The answer didn’t come immediately, but He later led me to Isaiah 65. In this passage, the prophet Isaiah gives us a glimpse into a new and future earth. He provides two key descriptors to this coming world: 1. They will build houses and dwell in them. 2. They will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

It suddenly dawned on me. What we do at Habitat is not something temporal, just for the here and now. What we do, in whatever role we have, in whatever measure we give, in whatever capacity we serve — we are part of something much greater. Our ministry at Habitat is of eternal value.

It later became even more clear. Through Habitat, we have the ability to participate in the work of loving others right now. After all, Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6:10 was that God’s “will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” And guess what? There are no shacks in heaven!

Whatever community you are called to, be encouraged, be bold and be faithful to the assignment you have been given. For our Father God has entrusted you to demonstrate the desires of His heart. We do that in the space of helping others build or improve the places in which they live. Sharing the love of Jesus in this way will live on and echo into eternity.

Questions:
1. What areas of your job are you most faithfully devoted to? How might your investment in these areas echo in eternity?
2. In what ways might those you serve interpret your work as a real demonstration of Jesus’ love toward them?
3. In what ways does your daily work at Habitat align with God’s heart for your community?

(Adapted from a devotional by Matthew Grundy, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno Area)


Wednesday September 18, 2019 7:30am - 8:00am

8:00am

Breakfast Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019 

Wednesday September 18, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Dining Hall

8:30am

Registration
Wednesday September 18, 2019 8:30am - 10:15am
Main Lobby

10:00am

Vendor Booths Open
Wednesday September 18, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm
Chapel

10:30am

Plenary Session and Keynote Address
Welcome and Logistics

Keynote Address from Richard Moore, CEO of First Bank and former State Treasurer of North Carolina.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Moore

Richard Moore

CEO, First Bank
Richard Moore was named Chief Executive Officer of First Bank, one of the largest community banks in the Southeast, in June 2012. First Bank operates more than 100 branches in North Carolina and South Carolina. Earlier this year, Business NC Magazine named him CEO of the Year, and... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Region Room

12:30pm

Lunch Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019

Wednesday September 18, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Dining Hall

1:30pm

Building Density: Looking beyond Single-Family Homes to Serve More Homebuyers
Asheville Area Habitat and Orange County Habitat are leading the way in looking at opportunities to help multiple families with one construction project. Find out from them some tips and considerations for how to build capacity by building density, and find out if multi-family homes might be in your affiliate's future.

Speakers
JP

Jennifer Player

CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
PR

Paul Reeves

AmeriCorp Member Home Repair, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity


Wednesday September 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Lab

1:30pm

Homeowner Qualification
Qualifying potential homebuyers is a crucial step in the work we do. Attendees will get tips and strategies for homeowner qualification from two of North Carolina's experts, Gerald Wright and Donna Davis. Topics covered include Need for Housing, Abilty to Pay, and Willingness to Partner.

Speakers
GW

Gerald Wright

VP of Family Services, Habitat Charlotte
DD

Donna Davis

Family Selection Coordinator, Habitat Charlotte


Wednesday September 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Region Room

1:30pm

HR Demystified
Few nonprofits have the luxury of being able to afford a Human Resources Director. As a result, this vital function of employee management often becomes the responsibility of the Executive Director. Regardless of size, organizations need to be intentional about their approach to policies and procedures, compliance, and resolving difficult employee matters. This session will introduce the essential elements of HR management, outline available resources, and discuss common missteps in personnel matters. Ample time will be provided for participant questions.

Speakers
AJ

Amy Justice

President, Outfitters4



Wednesday September 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
SIRC

1:30pm

ReStore Customer Service Culture
This session will open with an overview of best practices on creating a positive culture around customer service in ReStores. Attendees will be asked to submit their top issues around customer service for an open discussion.

Speakers
TS

Tina Shaw Cox

ReStore Development Consultant, HFHI
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Kim Marshall

Assistant ReStore Manager, HFH of Forsyth County
I am so excited to attend Habitat Camp! I hope that my 30 years in customer service can help provide some strategies for fellow affiliate team members. I am looking forward to having fun while we share and learn.



Wednesday September 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
West Room

1:30pm

Youth Program Development
Using Durham Habitat’s youth volunteer program as a model, we’ll discuss how to engage volunteers of all ages with Habitat for Humanity’s mission and vision.

Speakers
LS

Laine Staton

Volunteer Manager, Durham Habitat


Wednesday September 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Bluebird

2:45pm

Organizing from the Grassroots Up
Organize, engage and mobilize your community members as advocates for home affordability. Lawmakers and influencers want and need to hear from constituents about affordable housing. Homeowners have a powerful story to tell. Volunteers can do more than swing a hammer. Donors can use their voice too. There is great power in numbers and this workshop will show you how to use that power effectively. They can add to our collective voice to create policy impact, carrying our message forward to bring others on board, including decision-makers.  

Speakers
SA

Sarah Akinyosoye

US Advocacy Campaign Associate Director, HFHI



Wednesday September 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
SIRC

2:45pm

Press Releases: How to turn heads and get some coverage for your affiliate
Are you sending out press releases to get your affiliate’s accomplishments recognized in the community? You should be, and it’s easier than you think. Join Asheville Area Habitat’s Communications Director to learn tips and tricks that can get your work noticed and help you garner supporters.

Speakers
avatar for Ariane Kjellquist

Ariane Kjellquist

Communications Director, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
I’ve worked in Communications for more than 20 years: 9 years in for-profit and 13 years in non-profit. I grew up in MA, but my husband and our teenage daughter have called Asheville home since 2006. I love “Asheville life” - live music, fantastic food, great beer, and a plethora... Read More →


Wednesday September 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Bluebird

2:45pm

Building Your Habitat Fundraising Toolkit
Looking beyond the basics of house sponsorships, what tools do you need to equip your affiliate’s development toolkit? Hammer out plans for growing your annual fund; take a step up the ladder toward building major gifts, and study some blueprints for successful capital campaign tips in this session led by veteran fundraising consultant and long-time Habitat leader, Clare Jordan of CapDev.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Jordan

Clare Jordan

Director of Marketing and Philanthropic Engagement, CapDev


Wednesday September 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
The Lab

2:45pm

Best Practices for Homeowner Counseling and Homeowner Support
This homeowner services track session will focus on homeownership counseling including one on one counseling, conducting classes at your affiliate, outsourcing coursework, ensuring that affiliates are meeting the counseling requirements for the new HUD 2020 guidelines and the benefits of a robust education program. The second part of the session will serve as a roundtable for the broad category of homeowner support. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions or concerns relative to the support of Habitat homeowners both in process and in their homes.

Speakers
JP

Jeff Paul

Homeownership Program Educator, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity


Wednesday September 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Region Room

2:45pm

Introduction to the ReStore Safety Guide, Part 1
This session will address the unique risks and safety challenges that come with running a ReStore and the best practices for reducing these potential hazards. Highlighted documents will include the new Habitat ReStore Safety Guide, a user-friendly, comprehensive, checklist-oriented document developed by HFHI for affiliates. Additionally, attendees will get a walkthrough of the document contents and discuss strategies to involve team members for maximum impact in safe ReStore operations.

Speakers
TS

Tina Shaw Cox

ReStore Development Consultant, HFHI
SS

Scott Stetson

ReStore Director, Asheville Area Habitat


Wednesday September 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
West Room

4:00pm

Giving credit where credit is due: Improving state and local policies to equitably increase access to credit
Credit is difficult, if not impossible, for many households to access. And low-income applicants or applicants of color often do not have access to credit at all or have access to only predatory credit. But public policy changes at the local, state and federal levels can increase and broaden access to safe and sound credit for underserved populations. In this workshop, you will learn about the barriers that limit access to credit and how advocates are working to reform policies and increase investments to equitably increase access to credit.

Speakers
RZ

Rachel Zeitler

Director of Advocacy, Habitat Wake
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Ryan Carter

Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, Habitat Charlotte


Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
SIRC

4:00pm

Small and Tiny Houses as a Way to Expand Opportunities and Partnerships for Habitat Affiliates
Chatham Habitat has been experimenting with Small Houses (under 600 square feet) for the past 5 years. Come hear about their experiences and learnings. Harvey Harman, Director of Construction and Land at Chatham Habitat, will share both the successes and the challenges of Small and Tiny House Building.

Speakers
HH

Harvey Harman

Director of Construction and Land, Chatham Habitat


Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Lab

4:00pm

Recruitment Tips and Strategies
Lakeisha Minor has served as the Director of Family Services for Habitat Durham for over six years. She and her team are currently managing a two-year pipeline of approved homebuyers waiting to purchase their home, and have a current mailing list of over 2500 potential applicants waiting to apply.  In the gentrifying city of Durham, Lakeisha and her team focus on homeownership preparation including education, counseling and hands-on training. Lakeisha will discuss marketing strategies to find qualified applicants, with time dedicated specifically for tips on working with and reach out to families in the Hispanic community.


Speakers
avatar for Lakeisha Minor

Lakeisha Minor

Director of Family Services, Durham Habitat


Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Region Room

4:00pm

Introduction to the ReStore Safety Guide, Part 2
This session will address the unique risks and safety challenges that come with running a ReStore and the best practices for reducing these potential hazards. Highlighted documents will include the new Habitat ReStore Safety Guide, a user-friendly, comprehensive, checklist-oriented document developed by HFHI for affiliates. Additionally, attendees will get a walkthrough of the document contents and discuss strategies to involve team members for maximum impact in safe ReStore operations.

Speakers
TS

Tina Shaw Cox

ReStore Development Consultant, HFHI
SS

Scott Stetson

ReStore Director, Asheville Area Habitat


Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
West Room

4:00pm

What We Count and Why
Why are volunteer numbers important? What do we keep track of for HFHI? What do we need to know for ourselves? What do they tell us? How do we count? Moving beyond volunteer management software to show the larger impact.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Eldridge

Rachel Eldridge

Director of Volunteer Services, Habitat Charlotte
Rachel Eldridge began her volunteer career at her local library as a teenager. She currently volunteers through her church. Professionally, Rachel started her volunteer management career in museums supervising special event volunteers and tour guides. She has coordinated volunteers... Read More →


Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Bluebird

6:00pm

Dinner Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019

Wednesday September 18, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Dining Hall

7:00pm

Craft Beer Social Hour
Hosted by Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

Wednesday September 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Chapel
 
Thursday, September 19
 

7:30am

Self-Guided Devotional
Be boldly joyful

Take in these encouraging words as you prepare for all that this day holds for you.

Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

Joy comes from within. It is a matter of the heart; it’s not circumstantial. Joy is the understanding that there is a greater impact, a greater goal, a greater purpose than what we might experience in any single day. Joy cannot be confused with happiness, which is dependent on what is going on around us. We would be naïve to think that there aren’t going to be times when we are not happy, but joy is a different story.

God said that He would never leave us or forsake us, so if a project does not work out or if we are troubled by certain events, we can still be joyful in knowing that God works for good in all things. As indicated by Solomon in Proverbs, the key to health and the prescription for a healthy affiliate is to have a sense of joy about ourselves and about the work to which we have committed ourselves.

Just like medicine can heal an ailment, joy in the hearts of God’s people has the ability to heal a community, heal a family bound in the cycle of poverty. It also has the power to heal a fatigued staff, board or volunteer base. So be bold in your joy, friends, for you have been chosen for a time such as this, for a place such as yours and for the vision set before you to eliminate poverty housing from the world. God bless you.

Questions:
· What excites me about Habitat for Humanity?
· How can I share my joy with others today?
· How can I remember the joy in my heart when I am unhappy?

(Adapted from a devotional by By Beth Lechner, Executive Director/CEO of Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio)


Thursday September 19, 2019 7:30am - 8:00am

8:00am

Breakfast Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019 

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Dining Hall

9:00am

More than four walls and a roof: Promoting local policies that improve access to communities of opportunity
At Habitat, we know that home is more than just a building; it includes the community and resources in which you live, work and grow. Affordable homes should be accessible in areas that are environmentally sound with access to economic and social opportunity, and viable transportation. In this workshop, you will learn how local advocacy efforts are strengthening neighborhoods, preventing displacement, and enabling communities to thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Arnold

Alicia Arnold

Division Director for Equitable Housing and Community Development, Wake County Housing Department
I am a dedicated local government professional serving Wake County by overseeing the development and preservation of housing affordability, access and equity. I began my career in the small town of Grifton, NC and have also worked with the City of Raleigh. I am a proud graduate of... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Bluebird

9:00am

Working Smarter to Build More Houses
Day-to-day management leaves little time to evaluate your organization’s operations. However, taking a step back to review processes and structure almost always results in identifying opportunities for improvement and increased effectiveness. This session will focus on strategies for accomplishing this. Participants will be able to ask questions and get feedback from a nationally recognized expert on the topic.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Frye

Julie Frye

CFO, Outfitters4
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Web Hill

Senior Consultant, Outfitters4


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
The Lab

9:00am

Collaborative Sponsorships
Brewers. Artists. Hoteliers. Does your community have a thriving industry of smaller businesses?  Join Kit Rains and Beth Russo from Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity as they explore Business Bungalow, a collaborative approach to house sponsorship. They’ll walk you through creating innovative sponsorship levels, obtaining a challenge grant and recognizing sponsors. A template will be provided to help you structure your own Business Bungalow.  Time left?  We’ll touch on Women Build, too!

Speakers
avatar for Beth Russo

Beth Russo

Development Officer, Individual and Corporate Giving, Asheville Area Habitat
I'm a military kid who's lived all over the place, and now make the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains my home. I'm passionate about affordable housing, and have brought volunteers and funds to this cause for more than 8 years. That said - I like talking with people - so feel free to... Read More →
KR

Kit Rains

Development Director, Asheville Area Habitat


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Region Room

9:00am

Legal Compliance and the Fair Labor Standards Act
This informative and practical session will demystify the Fair Labor Standards Act and explain its application to not-for-profit employers. If you’re less than 100% clear on overtime rules, salaried versus hourly, whether employees are allowed to volunteer their time, or what “exempt” really means, this is for you. Raleigh employment law attorney Sarah Ford Neorr will explain the rules that all executive and managers should understand with an emphasis on real-world application and how to avoid common mistakes.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Ford Neorr

Sarah Ford Neorr

Attorney, Parker Poe
Employment law - hiring, firing, and everything in between!



Thursday September 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
SIRC

9:00am

Understanding and Engaging Veterans in North Carolina
A session geared for affiliates that are new and seasoned at working with veterans.  Come learn how to best identify veteran family homeowner partners and volunteers, collaborate with veteran service organizations, and how Veterans Build Affiliates in NC and around the country utilize exclusive veteran resources.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Dodge

Erica Dodge

Veterans Engagement Specialist, HFHI



Thursday September 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
West Room

10:00am

The Case for Hosting and Sending Out-of-Town Volunteer Groups
Have you been looking for ways to amplify your volunteer program? Hosting out-of-state volunteer groups brings energy, productivity, and funds to your local mission. In this workshop, you’ll learn about Collegiate Challenge, a program designed to provide and support volunteer groups for your affiliate. You’ll also learn how to host general groups and the best practices to install from communicating with teams, housing needs, what build site activities to plan for and how to engage them further in your community. These same skills translate into organizing and planning your affiliate’s Global Village trip. Leading an international Habitat trip can bring together your donors, board members and volunteers in a new and inspiring way. This workshop will give you the tools to start hosting and leading out-of-town volunteer groups successfully and keep them coming back year after year!


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Durham

Barbara Durham

Trip Engagement Specialist, Global Volunteer Engagement and Support, HFHI
Hi! I provide international trip logistics support alongside the GlobalVolunteer Engagement and Support team at Habitat for Humanity International. My Habitat journey began in Indiana where I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Seven years later, I am now is based in Americus, Georgia... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
West Room

10:00am

#HashtagsGetYouNoticed: Using Social Media to Help Your Affiliate Make Friends and Influence People
How to use social media and other online marketing to effectively get your message out, get some attention for your affiliate, and get on donors’ radars.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Thompson

Sara Thompson

Communications and Program Development Manager, Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina
I've been with Habitat NC for just about one year, after finishing a PhD in Performance Studies from the University of Maryland. I have a deep interest in communication, marketing, event planning, and social justice. A big part of my job is planning this little conference, so feel... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Bluebird

10:00am

Private Grants 101: How do I find them and how do I apply for them?
This class will explain the nitty-gritty basics of researching and applying for private grants. We’ll go over research methods, sources, what information you’ll need handy when you’re applying, and some general organizational tips. This class is perfect for those who have a desire to start a private grants program, or who need some basic level refreshers. You’ll walk away with some resources and “next steps” to start your search for private grants.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Magee

Michelle Magee

Private Grant and Development Coordinator, Habitat Charlotte


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
SIRC

10:00am

Affordability: An issue we can't afford to get wrong
As we try to expand our reach to more families who need affordable housing, there are factors to consider when it comes to affordability. We need to look at not only affordable house payments at closing but setting up our homeowners for long-term success. Credit cards, car payments, collections, and student loans will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Mack

Rhonda Mack

Credit and Mortgage Counselor, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
I have been the Credit and Mortgage Counselor at Cape Fear Habitat for 3 years doing budget and credit counseling and preparing documentation for loan closings. Before that I worked in housing authorities in the Section 8 voucher program so I know a little about HUD.
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Joshua Burton

Team Leader of Homeownership Development, NC Housing and Finance Agency
Feel free to ask me about any of the NCHFA programs or anything nonprofits/local governments are attempting across NC in affordable housing.



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Region Room

10:00am

ReStore Road Warriors
ReStore donation pickup drivers are often thought of as entry-level employees, but they are, in fact, an extension of the development team. Trained properly, they could represent one of the affiliate’s biggest opportunities for donor engagement. This session will cover the importance of our “road warriors,” along with best practices for hiring, training and managing.

Speakers
TS

Tina Shaw Cox

ReStore Development Consultant, HFHI
DT

Dwayne Thompson

Director of ReStore Operations, HFH of Forsyth County



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Board Room

10:00am

Executive Director Congress
10:00am-12:15pm
Human Resources Topics
  • Update on Association Health Plan legislation
  • Professional Employment Organizations (PEOs)
  • Other Providers of Ancillary Services (Payroll, benefits admin., bookkeeping)
  • Telemed and other simple but substantive benefits to staff

12:30pm-1:30pm
Lunch Break

1:30pm-4:00pm
Update from Governor's Office on Disaster Recovery
Nels Roseland, Deputy State Budget Director, Office of State Budget and Management

Report from SSO Sustainability Committee
  • How do we fund the SSO
  • What can you expect and what we need from you
Statewide Advocacy: Forging a Statewide Agenda
  • Weaving rural and urban agendas together
  • Appealing to powerful rural legislators to win an allocation or policy change that will advance affordable housing availability everywhere in NC
  • Finding ways to point to ROI for affordable housing
  • Possibility of hiring a lobbying firm to advance our interests
Wrapping Up
  • Odds and Ends
  • Q & A


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
The Lab

10:00am

Vendor Booths Open
Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm
Chapel

11:15am

A world where everyone has a decent place to live: Promoting public policies to increase the supply and preservation of affordable homes
Communities across the U.S. are facing shortages of safe, decent and affordable homes. In many towns and cities, these needs are growing exponentially. In this workshop, you will get a deep overview of how advocates across the country are influencing local and state policies to increase funding resources to preserve and increase the supply of homes affordable to low- and middle-income families.

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth Gehl

Elisabeth Gehl

Director of Federal Relations, HFHI
Elisabeth Gehl leads Habitat’s federal policy and government relations efforts, advocating for our priority domestic policies and helping to build the advocacy capacity of Habitat affiliates nationwide. Before joining Habitat, Elisabeth was the director of governmental relations... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Region Room

11:15am

Affordable Zero-Energy Homes
Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley completed construction on the first certified DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes in North Carolina in 2016. The home also qualifies for a two-year comfort and energy use guarantee through the Advanced Energy SystemVision program. This workshop will take an in-depth look at the construction technologies and techniques involved in building an affordable Zero Energy Ready Home, including a super-insulated building envelope, as well as high-performance heating, cooling, and ventilation.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Howard

Rob Howard

Regional Manager, Performance Construction, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US
Partnering with builders on the path to net-zero energy homes and optimizing their HVAC systems for better comfort, health, and efficiency. Welcome to your all electric, ductless future!



Thursday September 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
West Room

11:15am

Private Grants 201: I found a private grant... Now what?!
This class will show you some “Habitatized” tools to help you automate your private grants program. We’ll go over how to organize your grant prospects, calendar, case statements, and boilerplate. We’ll also look at a “Vetting Matrix” to help you decide if a grant is worth your time. This class if perfect for those who have some grant writing experience and are a team of one trying to create more time in the day. You’ll walk away with easy “plug and play” resources to help you organize what you have.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Magee

Michelle Magee

Private Grant and Development Coordinator, Habitat Charlotte


Thursday September 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
SIRC

11:15am

ReStore Branding & 2019 ReStore Style Guide
This session will provide an overview of the 2019 ReStore Style Guide, including a deep dive on the use of global v. localized identifiers and a Q&A session to follow.

Speakers
TS

Tina Shaw Cox

ReStore Development Consultant, HFHI
LM

Libbie Mayr

Director of Marketing, HFH of Forsyth County



Thursday September 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Board Room

11:15am

Roundtable Discussion on Volunteer Management and Stakeholders
This is an opportunity for anyone that works with volunteers to tell their stories and learn from others. We will lead a discussion on working with different stakeholders in your affiliate and the community.

Speakers
CM

Christin Murphy

Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement, Habitat Wake
I am the Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement for Habitat Wake. With over 15 years of experience in volunteer management, I hope to share my tips, ideas and success stories as the facilitator for our volunteer management best practices roundtable.


Thursday September 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Bluebird

12:30pm

Lunch Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019

Thursday September 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Dining Hall

1:30pm

It's All About the Relationship: Engaging elected officials
Effective advocacy must entail engaging your lawmakers at all levels of government. There are a variety of ways to educate elected officials about your affiliate’s work and policy priorities. This workshop will dive into the best tactics for building and maintaining ongoing relationships with your lawmakers including: how to contact them, choosing the right messenger, planning events, doing social media, inviting them to your build site, setting up a policymaker meeting, and creating meaningful connections that can include your board, partner families and volunteers.

Speakers
SA

Sarah Akinyosoye

US Advocacy Campaign Associate Director, HFHI



Thursday September 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Region Room

1:30pm

Keeping God @ the Center
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry, and our first mission principle is to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ. After seeing research about the hundreds of small decisions made over time that can change the direction of a Christian organization, a global team has made the commitment not to let that happen to Habitat. Challenges we will discuss include thoughts about donors and recruiting staff/board members, proselytizing policies and giving Bibles to homeowners at dedications. We will offer inspirational moments, best practices and resources for keeping God at the center of everything we do.

Speakers
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Pam Campbell

Communications Manager, Office of the CEO, HFHI
What are your great stories and challenges about keeping God at the Center of your affiliate?


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
West Room

1:30pm

Cutting Costs While Keeping Quality
Julie Sellers came into Greater Greensboro HFH a year ago with a career in for-profit construction under her (tool) belt. In her time with the affiliate, she has made great strides in both cost-cutting and quality. In this session, she'll discuss a variety of strategies you can use in your own organization, including: Maintaining a quality product while staying on budget; How to procure vendors to partner up with HFH; Giving homes a more custom feel by making small, inexpensive adjustments; and How to avoid using retail box stores for materials.

Speakers
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Julie Sellers

Director of Construction, Habitat for Humanity


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Bluebird

1:30pm

DataBasics
If you're a small or medium-sized affiliate looking for solutions to your data management puzzle, this session is for you! Samantha Shirley from Charityproud shares her expertise to help you understand where to begin with data essentials and best practices to track all of your donors, volunteers and partner families.

Speakers
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Samantha Shirley

Director of Business Development, Charityproud


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
SIRC

1:30pm

The Cost of Volunteer Labor in ReStores
Retaining great volunteers takes time, effort and investment. This session features video testimonials of ReStore volunteer experts from the field to encourage discussions on recognition, tools and other investments to help keep these valuable folks happy, engaged and dedicated to the mission and work of your store.

Speakers
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Tina Shaw Cox

ReStore Development Consultant, HFHI
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Caitlin Greenwell

VP, Retail Operations, Habitat Charlotte



Thursday September 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Board Room

2:30pm

Trip to Asheville Area Habitat ReStore
31 Meadow Road, Asheville, NC 28803


Carpool with friends!


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:30pm - 5:00pm

6:00pm

Dinner Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019

Thursday September 19, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Dining Hall

7:00pm

Ice Cream Social
Thursday September 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chapel
 
Friday, September 20
 

7:30am

Self-Guided Devotional
On this final day of the conference, may you be refreshed and ready to return to your affiliate with renewed energy.

Be boldly inclusive

One of my favorite stories comes from the spiritual autobiography Dakota, written by Kathleen Norris. In it, she tells of her regular retreats to a Benedictine monastery. Having befriended many of the brothers, she asks one, “Do you ever despair at seeing another weary traveler coming up the path seeking comfort and rest?”
Wanting to answer honestly, the brother pauses and slowly says, “Yes, it’s true that sometimes I wonder if I have anything left to offer. And then, as the stranger approaches, I look into his eyes and say, ‘Oh, Jesus, is that you again?’”

In our work, we have the wonderful (and exhausting) opportunity to meet and work with all kinds of people: generous donors whose gifts start this virtuous cycle; hardworking volunteers who give tirelessly of their time; visionary board members who guide our affiliates’ work; dedicated staff members and colleagues who make the magic happen; and, of course, the indomitable homeowners who inspire everything that we do.
From time to time, I find myself stepping back from these critical relationships — disengaging from a demanding homeowner, an over-reaching board member, a short-sighted civic leader or a contrary colleague. And then I remember that each of these is my brother or my sister. That through God’s expansive spirit of adoption, we are brought into one family.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I am daily challenged to be boldly inclusive — to look into every face and say, “Oh, Jesus, is that you again?”

Questions:
· Who is it that you struggle to embrace as we build this ministry together?
· Where can you see that your “circle of caring” is leaving people out?

(Adapted from a devotional by By Lisa Lefkow, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County)


Friday September 20, 2019 7:30am - 8:00am

8:00am

Breakfast Service
Make sure you've registered for meals! There's also a commuter package for those not spending the night at the Assembly. https://blueridgeassembly.org/camp-habitat-2019 

Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Dining Hall

9:00am

This land was made for you and me: Improving local land use policies and systems to increase access to affordable homes
Zoning restrictions and high land prices can make it prohibitively difficult to build or preserve affordable homes in opportunity-connected communities. In response to these challenges, advocates are working to reform land use policies to eliminate exclusionary practices, reduce land and development costs, incentivize the development of affordable housing, and ensure long-term affordability. In this workshop, you’ll learn about successful strategies to influence and improve land use policies so that they fully reflect community needs.

Speakers
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Elisabeth Gehl

Director of Federal Relations, HFHI
Elisabeth Gehl leads Habitat’s federal policy and government relations efforts, advocating for our priority domestic policies and helping to build the advocacy capacity of Habitat affiliates nationwide. Before joining Habitat, Elisabeth was the director of governmental relations... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Bluebird

9:00am

The Collaboration Spectrum: Building a "One Habitat" Approach to Further the Mission
Over the last few years, HFHI has laid ground work to engage with Habitat affiliates interested in collaborating with each other. During the two-part SSO conference workshop, we will present our learnings to-date about best practices for affiliates coming together to serve their communities better.

Speakers
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Courtney Greathouse

Sr. Specialist - Operational Excellence, HFHI


Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
SIRC

9:00am

The Art of Performance Management
In this class, you will take a close look at the art of managing your staff and volunteers for top performance. Subjects covered will include: How to write SMART goals and set expectations; How to monitor and document performance; How to handle a ‘difficult performance conversation’; How to develop your people to perform at their highest level; and how to periodically rate and reward performance.

Speakers
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Lorrie Mauney

Director of HR, Habitat Charlotte



Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
The Lab

9:00am

Making the Mission Shine in Your ReStore
ReStores can serve as a great stage to educate customers on Habitat’s work and the unique housing issues that face the community. This session will focus on ways to make Habitat’s advocacy priorities relatable to shoppers through mission walls, collateral materials and social media, as well as through volunteers and great customer service.

Speakers
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Tina Shaw Cox

ReStore Development Consultant, HFHI



Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
West Room

9:00am

Panel Discussion on Volunteer Engagement
Learn how affiliates found ways for volunteers to stay engaged in different ways: Alanna will discuss how Farmville Area Habitat’s Beloved Community has been useful in bringing the community together in between construction cycles. Rachel will discuss how Chatham Habitat works with volunteers that want to help in other areas of the organization. Debbie will discuss how Habitat Forsyth engages more than 400 Collegiate Challenge volunteers and Care-A-Vanners each year.

Speakers
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Rachel Horowitz

Volunteer Program Manager, Chatham Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer Management, Development, PR, Events, Outreach, etc. etc. etc.
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Debbie Cesta

Corporate and Volunteer Engagement Manager, HFH of Forsyth County
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Alanna Rivera

Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Farmville Area Habitat


Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Region Room

9:00am

Vendor Booths Open
Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Chapel

10:15am

Organizational Meeting to Finalize the Statewide Advocacy Agenda
After two days of sessions on Advocacy, and a discussion of the statewide advocacy agenda during the Executive Director Congress, we hope to reach some agreement on Habitat’s statewide agenda for the coming year. Please join us to provide input and contribute your voice as we try to reach a majority consensus on the issues we, as North Carolina’s Habitat affiliates, wish to advocate for.

Friday September 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Bluebird

10:15am

The Collaboration Spectrum: Listening Session
Over the last few years, HFHI has laid ground work to engage with Habitat affiliates interested in collaborating with each other. During the second part of this SSO conference workshop, we will facilitate a listening session to learn from affiliate representatives. We’re excited to hear from those with experience collaborating in-network; interest in doing so; and/or concern about this topic.

Speakers
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Courtney Greathouse

Sr. Specialist - Operational Excellence, HFHI


Friday September 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
SIRC

10:15am

USDA Loan Information Session
Looking to expand your knowledge of affordable housing loan options? Join Heather Boyd from the Housing Assistance Agency as she tells you about the USDA's various loan programs and how you and your affiliate can access that funding.

Speakers
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Heather Boyd

Housing Counselor, Housing Assistance Corporation
I am a certified housing counselor for Housing Assistance Corporation. I have been with HAC since May of 2017 with over 10 years of experience in banking, finance and consumer lending, I am a certified USDA 502 direct loan packager and NCHFA CPLP member assisting with down payment... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
The Lab

10:15am

Keeping Up with Compliance
It's not the sexiest topic in Homeowner Services, but it's certainly a key one! Join Greater Greensboro Habitat's Ruthie Richardson-Robinson for an engaging (really!) look at getting and staying compliant with all the regulations surrounding working with homebuyers and potential homebuyers.

Speakers
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Ruthie Richardson-Robinson

Chief Operating Officer, Habitat for Humanity Greater Greensboro


Friday September 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Region Room

10:15am

Final Thoughts and Discussion
Wrap up a full conference with some unstructured time to chat with your colleagues, discuss topics and issues that have come up, and get any lingering questions you might have answered.

Friday September 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
West Room