2014 DC Forum: On Policy and Advocacy
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Event Date
  • 3/3/2014 7:00 PM -
    3/5/2014 7:00 PM
    Please arrive early for registration
  • Washington DC
  • 800 Florida Ave NE
    Washington, District of Columbia 20002-3600

"If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."

AGRM works hard to keep rescue missions “at the table and off the menu” in Washington, D.C., and we need your help to keep it that way.

Our experience clearly shows that effective government advocacy includes building relationships with your federal elected officials. You are their constituents, and no one else can fill that important role. In other words, you show decision-makers that you’re serious and deserve a “seat at the table.”
The 2014 DC Forum on March 3-5 is an exciting opportunity for you to make a difference by educating your U.S. representative(s) and U.S. senators about the invaluable work of your rescue mission and the public policies that are most important to you.

New in 2014
—We moved the DC Forum to a Monday-Wednesday schedule in 2014 for two reasons. First, it increases opportunities for you to interact with officials in Washington, D.C. Second, mid-week flights are usually more affordable, and we hope that encourages even more rescue mission leaders to join us.

Faith & Giving Coalition—You asked AGRM to advance federal policies that champion private giving. We responded and have become a leading faith-based voice in the federal tax reform debate. AGRM took that a step further in 2013 by co-founding the national Faith & Giving Coalition to help more religious organizations become champions for private giving, like rescue missions. That puts rescue missions in a unique position to educate members of the tax-writing committees on Capitol Hill. You will hear an update on the coalition at the 2014 DC Forum and how AGRM's role strengthens your message to elected officials.

Federal Housing Policy—There’s no shortage of policy issues to focus on during your time in Washington, DC. That’s both good and bad. Private giving, religious employment rights, and postal service reform remain high-priority issues. We’re also adding a new focus on federal housing policy in response to feedback from AGRM members. We will meet with housing policy officials to present a thoughtful, balanced view of Housing First and other initiatives from a rescue mission perspective. If federal housing policy is an important issue for you, please plan to join us.

Group Meetings—In addition to the meetings you will have with your federal elected officials, AGRM will schedule group meetings with key officials that focus on the policies that matter most to rescue missions.

Register by February 3
We are planning for another strong turnout in 2014, so please register by Monday, February 3, to ensure enough time for advance preparation and meeting set-ups.

The agenda for the 2014 DC Forum includes in-depth briefings by policy experts; special speakers; advocacy strategies and training; time with your elected officials, congressional staff, and other decision-makers; and fellowship with other rescue mission leaders from across the country. (See more detailed information below.)
You will also receive briefing materials before you arrive on March 3, 2014, so that everyone is prepared to make the best use of our time together in Washington, D.C.

A comfortable, convenient, affordable place to stay
Some of you who have not attended a DC Forum may be wondering if we can honestly use those three adjectives to describe a place to stay in Washington, D.C. The good news is that such a place exists—it’s not an urban legend spread by tourists, politicians, and lobbyists.

AGRM has reserved a very reasonable room rate once again at the well-appointed and hospitable Kellogg Conference Hotel on the historic campus of Gallaudet University, just north of Capitol Hill at 800 Florida Avenue, NE in Washington, D.C.

Our published rates include: (1) all of the meetings, (2) two overnights at the Kellogg Conference Hotel—with the option of a third overnight—and (3) five full meals. You will have the choice of single or double occupancy when registering for the 2014 DC Forum. If you desire double occupancy but are attending by yourself, AGRM will help you find a roommate.

In order to take advantage of the special room rates, all reservations for the event and Kellogg Conference Hotel lodging must be made through AGRM—not the hotel.

Emerging leaders welcome
Understanding and engaging the public policy process is an important leadership skill in the 21st century. In addition, congressional aides are in their twenties and thirties, so it’s important for rescue missions to show our own “fresh faces” on Capitol Hill. Who is under age 35 on your staff that needs to attend? AGRM can make a huge statement about the depth of our ranks by welcoming Emerging Leaders to the 2014 DC Forum. And we can get our upcoming leaders oriented to the workings of government at an early stage in their careers.


Monday, March 3, 2014
7:00 p.m.            Welcome and Dinner at Kellogg 
7:30 p.m.            DC Forum Overview and Capitol Hill Orientation

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
7:30 a.m.            Breakfast at Kellogg 
8:15 a.m.            Depart for Capitol Hill 
9:00 a.m.            Devotional & Prayer for the Nation 
9:15 a.m.            Policy briefings and special speakers
12:00 p.m.          Lunch on Capitol Hill
1:00 p.m.            Policy briefings, special speakers, & meeting strategies
5:00 p.m.            Depart for dinner locations
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

 7:30 a.m.            Breakfast at Kellogg 
 9:00 a.m.            Appointments on Capitol Hill Begin 
 12:00 p.m.          Lunch (on your own and in small groups)
 5:00 p.m.            Appointments Conclude            
 5:30 p.m.            Dinner and Debriefing at Kellogg
SPECIAL GUESTS: Invitations have been sent to a number of cabinet members, lawmakers, and other key influencers, asking them to join us throughout our time. Unfortunately, most Washington appointments are never confirmed until a week out, but you can certainly expect several special guests.




The closest airport to downtown Washington, DC, and the Kellogg Conference Hotel is Reagan National Airport (DCA), followed by Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).

Attendees are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation from and to the airport. In addition to renting your own vehicle, here are some affordable and efficient modes of transportation from each airport to Washington, DC.

Reagan National Airport (DCA): Taxicabs and DC Metro.
Dulles International Airport (IAD): Washington Flyer and SuperShuttle.
Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI): Rail options and Super Shuttle.

Transportation will be provided between the Kellogg Conference Hotel and meeting locations over the course of the event.


Registration is open to mission members only. Questions? Contact AGRM Events Coordinator Lisa Miller with questions about registering or rates. Feel free to contact AGRM's Government Liaison Rhett Butler with questions about the agenda or requesting meetings.

Online registration is not available at this time.