Here are 4 Great Videos that Played at our 2014 National Conference

written by Emanuel Cavallaro
August 4, 2014


Yep. That just happened. The First Lady spoke at our 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Wow.

Here at the Alliance, we’re all still recovering from the Conference. Every year we mount two conferences, and each one is a mammoth undertaking for our staff and requires the involvement of a small army of volunteers, speakers, and interns and temporary staff, without whose contributions we simply would be unable to manage it. And we’re always extremely grateful for the help. This time around was no different.

Last week’s conference was by far the largest and most complicated event we’ve ever pulled off. We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who was involved, including our eminent keynote speakers: Senator Cory Booker, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and of course the First Lady herself.

And we can’t forget Becky Kanis Margiotta of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, John Ashmen of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, and Mitchell Katz of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, all of whom brought challenging insights and thought-provoking ideas to the table.

Many of our conference attendees—and others who were unable to attend—have already asked whether we will be making video of the Conference speeches available online for viewing and sharing over social media. I’d like to assure you all that yes, we fully intend to. We hope to get video from the conference on our Youtube page as soon as possible.

In the meantime, though, I’d like to share with you some of the videos we played during the lead up to the speeches on the Thursday 31 plenary (the one the First Lady spoke in). These videos played as everyone filed past security into the room and took their seats. The moment was somewhat hectic, and all of us were anticipating the First Lady’s arrival, so I’m betting many of you had difficulty focusing on what was playing on the screens.

So here they are again. This series of videos, “American Refugees,” was produced as part of Seattle University’s Film & Family Homelessness Project. During the planning process for the Conference, I reached out to Lindy Boustedt, the manager of the project, and she was generous enough to allow us to use them.

Please take a look and don’t hesitate to share them with friends.

American Refugees: Super Dads

American Refugees: The Beast Inside

American Refugees: Home for Sale

American Refugees: The Smiths