2017 DC Forum
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Every year in March, the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions offers members the opportunity to connect with lawmakers and agency decision-makers in Washington, D.C., to: (1) Tell the story of how rescue missions are continuing to make a difference on the streets of our cities; and to (2) Convey our desires and concerns about policies, laws, and bills that can hamper faith-based organizations and the work rescue missions do. The DC Forum is one of the most important—and most appreciated—meetings that AGRM holds.

Your mission should be represented by a member of your leadership team. We suggest the CEO, COO, PR director, or anyone who handles government relations. (And keep in mind that a younger staff member will fit in nicely, as the average age of a Capitol Hill staff member is 31.)

View the detailed schedule.


The 2017 DC Forum will be held March 13–15. We start late afternoon on Monday and end Wednesday afternoon. If you are flying to Washington to be there for the first session, you will need to arrive by 3:00 p.m. if you choose Reagan (DCA) or by 2:15 p.m. if you choose Dulles (IAD).


The DC Forum will be led by former AGRM Government Liaison Rhett Butler, Civil Rights Research Center President Brian Walsh, and AGRM President John Ashmen. Several guests will join us; some are already confirmed while others are holding the dates but because of policy or the unpredictable course of business in Washington cannot confirm until the day of the event. We guarantee you will learn much from the nonprofit leaders and VIPs who be involved.


AGRM does not have an event hotel for the DC Forum. Rather, we allow attendees to find accommodations that suit their taste and budget.

Washington, D.C., is one of the most impressive cities in North America, and it can be one of the most expensive for hotels. Historic five-star properties can cost as much as $500 a night when Congress is in session. Hotels near Capitol Hill can range from $275 to $425 per night. This is just something people deal with when traveling to Washington. However, there are always specials to be found in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. You simply have to factor commute times (rental car or public transportation—which is a better option) into your planning. There are also some wonderful B&Bs in D.C. that offer reasonable rates.

We encourage you to go online ASAP to book your accommodations. Rates will continue to rise the closer you get to the event.


AGRM’s sessions (with meals and snacks) will be held at Central Union Mission, located at 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. This is an ideal gathering place because it is roughly two blocks from Union Station and the Washington Metro, and about four blocks from Capitol Hill. Attendees will be able to walk to most of their Capitol Hill appointments. The mission is located in the restored, 130-year-old Gales School.


This year, AGRM has the lower-than-usual price of $279 for the event program. It includes all AGRM-led meetings, materials, program features, administrative costs, and meals/snacks designated in the schedule.  Please scroll down to register.


Online registration is not available at this time.