Pre-Conferences & Site Visits

Site Visit: Bridge Meadows- Intentional Intergenerational Housing

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by Bridge Meadows

Location: Bridge Meadows (8502 N. Wayland Avenue, Portland, OR 97203)
Cost: $50* (Includes transportation provided from/to the Hilton Portland Downtown and boxed lunch.)

Please note that space is no longer available for this site visit. To join the wait list, please email Emily Patrick (epatrick@gu.org).

Opening in 2011, Bridge Meadows works at the intersection of health, housing, child welfare, and aging – areas that have traditionally been treated separately in the social sector.  With the community itself serving as the intervention, Bridge Meadows brings children, families, and elders together within an intentional, vibrant community where intergenerational connection is the key to well-being.

Designed for children formerly in foster care, families providing permanency for foster youth, and elders seeking meaning and purpose, our community-driven intergenerational housing and integrated onsite services improve health and wellbeing, housing stability, and educational attainment for residents at all stages of life.  September 2017 ushered the organization’s 2nd site in Beaverton, Oregon.

Pre-conference participants will tour Bridge Meadows’s flagship site and learn integral elements in developing, staffing and programming a transformative, intergenerational community.  Belonging and connection are the foundations of intergenerational living.  Pre-conference participants will learn and experience, with the Bridge Meadows’s residents, how relationships thrive across generations.  Lastly, outcomes related to well-being, family stability, and youth academic achievement will be shared.


Pre-conference: Serving Grandfamilies Through the Family First Prevention Services Act

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hosted by Generations United

Location: Hilton Portland Downtown (921 SW 6th Ave), Forum Suite (3rd Floor)
Cost: $50*

Please note that space is no longer available for this site visit. To join the wait list, please email Emily Patrick (epatrick@gu.org).

The Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law in 2018, presents new opportunities to access federal support to serve grandfamilies inside or outside the formal foster care system.  

Join us for an interactive session with national experts and GrAND Voice caregiver advocates to explore specific action steps that you can take back to your communities to ensure the law, as implemented, serves and supports grandfamilies thoughtfully and effectively.  We will begin the pre-conference with an overview of the law and its key provisions impacting grandfamilies, and give special attention to kinship navigator programs, licensing kinship caregivers as foster parents, and providing services to families to prevent children from entering foster care. The session will highlight model evidence-based programs and practices, feature stories from caregivers and young people in grandfamilies and share the latest practical resources and tools on implementing the grandfamilies’ provisions of the new law.  The session will contain information that will be useful to professionals and caregivers alike.


Pre-conference: Developing & Deepening Intergenerational Programs

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hosted by Generations United

Location: Hilton Portland Downtown (921 SW 6th Ave), Atrium Ballroom
Cost: $50*

Please note that space is limited for this pre-conference. Priority will be given to those who register first. To add this pre-conference to your existing registration, email Emily Patrick (epatrick@gu.org). 

Whether you are just getting started or looking for help to strengthen your intergenerational program, join us for this half-day pre-conference intensive that explores the essentials of developing intergenerational programs and dive deeper into the fundamentals in smaller working groups with experts. Participants will enhance their intergenerational programming knowledge and skills.


Site Visit: Friendsview Retirement Community + Stoller Winery

Friday, June 14, 2019 | 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Locations:
Friendsview Retirement Community (1301 Fulton St, Newberg, OR 97132)
Stoller Family Estate (16161 NE McDougall Rd, Dayton, OR 97114)
Cost: $50* (Includes transportation from/to the Hilton Portland Downtown, light refreshments, and wine tasting fee)

Please note that space is limited for this pre-conference. Priority will be given to those who register first. To add this pre-conference to your existing registration, email Emily Patrick (epatrick@gu.org). 

Join us as we venture to Friendsview Retirement Community, a nonprofit life plan community in Newberg, OR. The intergenerational nature of programming and daily life at Friendsview was part of its Quaker foundation when the community was created 56 years ago. The long-standing relationship between Friendsview and George Fox University, located across the street from Friendsview, has produced a range of formal and informal intergenerational connections. Staff and residents will showcase the variety of ways that they connect with the university and the broader community.

The site visit will conclude with a stop at Stoller Family Estate for a tasting from Oregon’s world famous wine country. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the week with new professional connections, a refreshed passion for intergenerational work, and a quintessential Oregon experience. Stoller Family Estate was named the #1 Tasting Room in the Nation,  according to the 2018 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. This is one Oregon experience you won’t want to miss!


*General conference registration covers the opening reception on the evening of Wednesday, June 12, through the lunch on Friday, June 14. Pre-conferences and site visits are available for an additional cost.