A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

Annual Conference

2017 Bridge of Hope Conference

The Bridge of Hope conference is October 5-7, 2017 in Akron, Pennsylvania at The Welcoming Place retreat center. The conference begins Thursday at 2:00 p.m. and concludes by 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

View the 2017 Conference Brochure.  View the 2017 workshop descriptions.

The theme of the 2017 conference is Strangers to Neighbors: Opening Doors.  
Conference sponsors welcomed!

Full registration:  $175 ($375 for non-members outside the Bridge of Hope network)

Early bird registration discount: $115 (without lodging) and $150 (with lodging).  Registration and all fees due must be received by August 1.

Partial Registration:

Full conference without lodging: $135
Full conference with lodging: $175
Thursday only (includes dinner): $75
Friday only (includes lunch and dinner): $75
Saturday only (includes lunch): $65
Additional overnight (Wed or Sat): $65

Board Challenge for Affiliates

If 3 or more of your board members attend at least 2 full days of the conference – 100% of your board may attend for free! We encourage everyone to attend all three days to get the full impact of the conference.

Program Site & OneChurch Site Staff/Volunteer Challenge

If 3 or more of your site’s staff/volunteers attend at least 2 full days of the conference, you can take a scholarship discount of $50 off your total due.

Registration closes September 5, 2017.

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Meet our 2017 Keynote Speakers!

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Margot Starbuck, a graduate of Princeton Seminary and Westmont College, is the author of seven books, including Small Things With Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor. She is fired up about Jesus-style neighboring and believes it’s what we’ve been made to do. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her three fabulous teenagers, in North Street Neighborhood, a neighborhood built around people with disabilities. (It’s pretty much a dreamy slice of heaven on earth.) Margot enjoys connecting with audiences on campuses and at conferences, retreats, and festivals. Learn more at www.MargotStarbuck.com

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Carmela J. DeCandia, Psy.D., is co-author of the Services Matter article that provided impetus and direction for our innovation work this past year.  Carmela is a licensed psychologist who has dedicated her career to advancing best practices and policies to support vulnerable children and families, and to improve the systems which serve them. For more than 25 years, she has worked with children and families struggling against a variety of life adversities, led direct service and national agencies including St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center and The National Center on Family Homelessness, and helped launch The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth. Dr. DeCandia is the founder and owner of Artemis Associates, LLC where she provides training and consultation to organizations to build trauma-informed and family centered services. She  resides in Massachusetts and maintains a clinical practice providing assessment of children birth-age 17, and is an Adjunct Faculty at Boston College’s graduate program in counseling, developmental, and educational psychologyVisit www.artemisassoc.com for more information.

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