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GROWING HOME: Nurturing the Present to Cultivate the Future -AUDIENCE CODESDSW: Direct Service Worker FB: Faith-Based MB: Management/Board PMA: Policy Makers/Advocates

ED: SL: R:

Executive Director School Liaison Rural

-PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONTACT HOURS AVAILABLEEach conference participant will receive a certificate of completion for conference attendance. Attendance Both Days: 12 hours of credit Attendance Monday or Tuesday: 6 hours of credit

Breakout Session # 1 (Monday, October 26th 10:30 a.m. – Noon) Social Media & Non-profits – A Winning Combination to Grow Donation & Volunteers Presenter: Matthew O’Brian Understanding social media for non-profit organizations and how to measure and monetize the results. We will cover the 5 aspects for measuring social media marketing results and ways to determine ROI. Audience: All

Cultivating the Core – Strengthening the Agency/Organization Presenter: Stephen Sparks This session describes the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program, a partnership between Tempe Community Action Agency and the Tempe Faith Community that provides approximately 30 homeless individuals with emergency lodging, dinner, and supportive services 7 nights a week. Audience: DSW, MB, PMA

Bringing Project Homeless Connect to Your City/Town Presenters: Theresa James, Amy Schwabenlender & Wenda Meyer Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is a national best-practice model that brings diverse community entities together for one day, in one place to provide immediate services to homeless individuals and families. In addition to immediate services, PHC events increase awareness and the many ways local citizens can work together to effectively address homelessness. This workshop will provide a replicable framework for implementing Project Homeless Connect in your community. Audience: MB, DSW, FB, PMA

Supporting Veterans Presenter: Jacque Jackson Arizona has a total of 4,537 homeless veterans.(2008 CHALENG report) President Obama vowed to bring all United States soldiers home from Iraq by August 2010. Because America is fighting two wars, many soldiers will be reassigned to Afghanistan; returning soldiers will be in need of support. Will Arizona be ready? Audience: DSW, MB

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Facilitators: Frank Migali This round-table format will provide liaisons with the opportunity to discuss McKinney-Vento in the following areas: policies & procedures, public Notice, identification, enrollment, educational services, accountability, and transportation.

Audience: SL, DSW Executive Directors’ Round Table Facilitators: Jacki Taylor This session is designed for participation by Executive Directors of AzCEH member organizations. The round-table format will provide EDs the opportunity to focus on policy and legislative issues facing their organizations.

Audience: ED

Breakout Session #2 (Monday, October 26th 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.) Rapid Re-housing for Homeless Families Presenters: Aurora Etoyia Magee & Gary Zeck This session will provide an overview of local and national housing efforts for homeless families, specifically in the area of Rapid Re-housing. The presenters will discuss the new Rapid Re-housing Demonstration Project recently funded by HUD and its implementation in Maricopa County. Audience: DSW, MB, PMA

Challenging Assumptions & Creating a Culture of Inquiry Presenter: Michael Mandel Making assumptions and jumping to conclusions is easy, and we all do it. But a more effective way to run an organization or a program is to challenge those assumptions and make decisions based on a thorough and shared understanding of each situation. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies for “climbing back down the Ladder of Inference” and creating a culture of inquiry in which decisions are informed, effective, and appropriate. Audience: DSW, MB

Going Beyond the Count Presenter: Michael VanNess This session will explore the Coconino County Continuum of Care’s Bi-Annual Count of Homeless Families and individuals as coordinated by the Catholic Charities PATH Program, a week-long effort in which agencies and outreach teams (each Winter and Summer) throughout Coconino County distribute survey forms to homeless and nearly-homeless respondents. This innovative effort evolved out of the HUD-mandated Winter street count, a point-in-time, national effort. The process and methodology of the count will be presented (which could easily be replicated in other areas of the state), along with recent findings and their impact on service delivery strategies in Coconino County. Audience: PMA, R, DSW

AZDVS: Veterans Benefits Presenter: Mike Klier This session describes the work of the Veterans’ Services Division (VSD) which provides a network of Veteran Benefit Counselors (VBC’s) who counsel and assist veterans and their dependents/survivors in matters pertaining to federal and state benefits and entitlements. They counsel on, assist with, and process claims for federal Veteran Affair (VA) compensation, pensions, aid and attendance, appeals, death benefits, and military discharge upgrades. Department VBC’s are accredited by the VA and certified proficient by the State of Arizona. Offices are strategically located around the state so that nearly no Arizona veteran is more than a one hour drive from a VBC. Audience: DSW

Child-Welfare Law & McKinney-Vento Presenters: Kristin Kelly & Jacob Schmidt This session will address the unique issues and challenges that arise in serving children in foster care. It will provide basic information about how the child welfare system works, including foster care court proceedings/hearings, and the various placements that are available to youth in foster care. Additionally, the session will include a discussion of federal laws related to the education of children in foster care, including the recently enacted Fostering Connections Act, as well as the various interpretations of “awaiting foster care” under the McKinney-Vento Act. Audience: MB, SL, PMA

Common Ground Presenter: Becky Kanis This will be a question and answer session following the keynote. It will focus on the work of Common Ground, its 100,000 Homes Campaign, and utilization of the Vulnerability Index to determine outcomes. Audience: MB, DSW, PMA

Breakout Session #3 (Monday, October 26th 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Home on the Range: Rural Housing Opportunities Presenters: Kathy Calabrese, Tomas Soto, & Barbara Montrose The session will cover the challenges and successes over the past decade in the development of a continuum of rural housing in Cochise County. It will address everything from emergency shelters to permanent housing, funding to participant referrals, and how to collaborate for success. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Audience: PMA, MB, R, DSW

Advocacy Presenters: Jacki Taylor & Tim Schmaltz This session will focus on effective advocacy strategies and will feature a panel perspective on advocacy presented by three of our state legislators. Audience: All Community Information & Referral (CIR) is the leading source for information in Maricopa County. This workshop will demonstrate how easy it is to navigate the CIR website and gain access to information on all social service providers in the state of Arizona. CIR also runs multiple hotlines for such as the 24-Help Hotline, Flu Shot Hotline, and the CONTACS Shelter Hotline.

Statewide Services at Your Fingertips Presenter: Jacki McWhortor Community Information & Referral (CIR) is the leading source for information in Maricopa County. This workshop will demonstrate how easy it is to navigate the CIR website and gain access to information on all social service providers in the state of Arizona. CIR also runs multiple hotlines for such as the 24-Help Hotline, Flu Shot Hotline, and the CONTACS Shelter Hotline. Audience: All

Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans – a Best Practice Model Presenter: Steve Nelson This session features Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans as a best practice model focused on developing effective collaborative relationships that work together to assist veterans achieve independence and self-sufficiency. Audience: DSW, MB, PMA

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Liaison: Community Resource Panel Presenters: Janice Parker, Beverly Leva & Adam Wollmer This panel will consist of representatives from community agencies that provide services and referrals in the area of: housing (Shelter, Transitional, Affordable Permanent Housing), emergency food services, healthcare, and employment. Audience: FB, DSW, SL

Breakout Session #4 (Tuesday, October 27th 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) Homeless Outreach with Law Enforcement Presenters: Ben Zachariah, Lt. Sean Connolly, Sgt. Brian Freudenthal, & Officer Miguel Duran For years, the area around the current Human Services Campus has been referred to as “The Zone” due to high levels of human service delivery and high levels of crime and violence. Representatives from CASS and the City of Phoenix Police Department will discuss their innovative, collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to both homeless outreach to the chronic homeless population and law enforcement that has dramatically changed “The Zone”. Audience: PMA, DSW, MB

Team Building & Communicating Presenter: Blaine Sampson The Insights Color Energy program helps with team building by: respecting each other and identifying with the team, seeing yourself as a valued member of the team, developing the ability to reach agreement through consensus which take into account the needs and abilities of each member, deal with conflict by turning it into a creative opportunity, communicate often and effectively, cooperate and collaborate and share information openly. Audience: All

How to Advocate in the SMI System Presenters: John Gallagher & Anthony Lopez The broad goal of this session is to increase the ability of case managers, outreach workers and other direct service providers to help homeless individuals advocate for appropriate services from Arizona’s publicly funded system of care for adults determined to have a Serious Mental Illness. This will include both how to help an individual obtain SMI services in general and how to advocate for appropriate services for those enrolled. Audience: DSW, PMA

DES: State-wide Veteran Specific Employment Networks & Resources Presenter: Mike Quitugua & Jesus Arrieta This session will present information on the DOL/VETS funded program administered by Department of Economic Security/Employment Administration to provide Veteran Employment Services to veterans residing in Arizona and services provided by Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist located throughout the state. LVER staff provides services to employers by encouraging them to hire veterans and DVOP specialist help veterans eliminate barriers to employment. Audience: DSW

The Future of the McKinney-Vento Act: Reauthorization 2009 Presenter: Barbara Duffield Congress began the process of reauthorizing the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program in 2007. Congress is poised to begin the discussions again, in the context of the No Child Left Behind Act reauthorization. This reauthorization offers a critical opportunity to make changes to the McKinney-Vento Act legislation and the ability of school districts to serve children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. This session will provide a status update and an overview of the major topics to be addressed in reauthorization. Audience: All

Breakout Session #5 (Tuesday, October 27th 10:45 a.m. – Noon) HEARTH Act Presenters: Meggan Medina, Mattie Lord, & Elizabeth Morales This session will take compare and contrast the new HEARTH Act with the existing McKinney-Vento legislation. It will focus on the impact of the new legislation on communities and the homeless services that are provided. Audience: All

Accessing & Implementing Positive Wrap Around Services Presenters: Ivy Meadows & Amy Rocker This presentation will feature a panel of service providers who will educate the audience on how they provide effective wraparound services. The session will end with a community member’s success story that is directly connected to a positive wrap around experience. Audience: DSW

HPRP: Opportunities for Innovation Moderator: Lou Kislin Presenters: Leslie Carlson, Theresa James, & Margaret Kish This session presents information about the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP), administered by HUD, and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The session will present two different approaches to using HPRP funds -- Tucson/Pima County, and the City of Tempe -- and how these communities' plans for HPRP represent innovations in their efforts to end homelessness. Audience: PMA, MB

VA: OIF/OEF Veterans, TBI/PTSD Signs & Symptoms Presenter: Kara Garcia This session is targeted for direct service providers who are hoping to increase awareness of the returning Veteran population. It will provide information on the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran Population and population specific topics that include TBI, PTSD, and access to VA care. Participants will learn signs and symptoms of TBI and PTSD and gain a knowledge of VA services and access points to facilitate appropriate referral and services. Audience: DSW

Throw Away Youth Presenter: Charlotte Peper This session will bring into focus the unique needs of homeless youth in Arizona. We will examine some of the cultural influences that affect our young and how the family dynamic plays into the success and/or failure of the programs that serve youth. This session will identify some successful strategies to assist homeless youth in maintaining their basic needs independently in order to reduce recidivism. Audience: DSW, MB, PMA, SL

Breakout Session #6 (Tuesday, October 27 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.) Mindfulness Meditation Presenter: Pearlette Ramos In this seminar, participants will learn the basics of mindfulness practice which helps to develop and deepen our ability to be present. In essence, mindfulness deepens one's experience of self and others. During the session, participants will begin to cultivate a mindful presence to one's own experience through the practice of insight meditation. We will also explore ways to bring mindfulness to the helping profession as well as any relationship we find ourselves in, by looking at common obstacles to developing presence in these situations. Drawing on current research in psychology, medicine and cognitive neuroscience, we will investigate the effects of mindfulness meditation on decreasing pathology and increasing positive psychological and physiological states. Audience: All

Healthcare Reform Presenter: Timothy Schmaltz This session will inform participants about the healthcare reform measures and their impacts that are under consideration by Congress and will include advocacy techniques that will help citizens participate effectively. Audience: All

NAEH Best Practices Presenters: Jacki Taylor, Amy Schwabenlender, Mark Clark This session will inform participants of best practices as highlighted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s summer conference. In addition, participants will be updated on visits to Arizona’s congressional offices by the Arizona delegation that attended the conference. Audience: All

Resume Builder Using Transitional Military Skills Presenter: Brad Bridwell This session will demonstrate new software technology to effectively translate military skills into civilian terminology to improve key word search results, enhance the job search process for veteran and non-veteran clients and improve overall agency effectiveness. Audience: DSW, MB, ED

The Power of Positive: Partnering with Street Dependent Youth Presenters: Daniel Torrente, Steven Schmerfield, & Lydia Gibbons-Platt This session is a lecture and group participation session that will leave attendees with improved abilities of meeting street dependent youth where they are at and building from the strengths that they already posses, and learning how to look past social stigmas through the youth development model and make lasting impacts with street dependent youth. Audience: DSW, SL, PMA

16th Annual Conference Session Descriptions  
16th Annual Conference Session Descriptions  

Descriptions of the various sessions in the 16th Annual Conference on Homelessness