2019 Membership Meeting


We are grateful for the providers from across the state who came together for our Annual Member Appreciation Lunch and Meeting this past December. A lot of incredible ideas were generated on discussion topics ranging from stabilization to family led peer-to-peer engagement, and landlords to domestic violence.

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We also honored an inspiring leader: Sarah Bayer, a long time member of the HFF community and provider in the field who has lead in countless ways over the years and who continues to inspire, ground, and support us.

We collect data on what policies to focus on through direct feedback from providers and families. At Visioning Day in August we gather information on focus areas, and at the annual member meeting we have the opportunity to look more specifically at policies. A fun activity we do virtually every year at the annual meeting is to ask providers to vote on policy proposals. We will take what came out of visioning day, the annual member meeting, and ongoing family and provider input to drive our areas of collective advocacy. Here you can see the results of providers’ votes on policy proposals.

We also created opportunities to network, have open dialogue, and ground ourselves in the work from a trauma informed and anti-racist lens. We always aim to leave providers feeling a little more appreciated and inspired in the incredible work they do every day. One table activity generated a “collective poem” written by multiple providers speaking to why they entered this line of work. Here are a couple of the collective poems from the day:

“I entered this line of work because I care about children and families, because what I do matters to the families I am connected to, because I believe that housing is a human right.

I wake up every day to do this work because…

I believe policy change leads to real change in people’s lives

Policy change must be led by the people directly impacted by the issue

Policy change is an action”

 

“I entered this line of work because I care about children and families, because what I do matters to the families I am connected to, because I believe that housing is a human right.

I wake up every day to do this work because…

I imagine how it might be if I were in that situation and I didn’t know if anyone cared

A caring community nurtures and heals

and always looks out for those in need

Because love. Because dignity

Builds community

With Gratitude,

Liz and Team HFF

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