Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Idea gives you a few to use . . .


Since our bandwidth is a little short here at HOPEquarters, to help attendees with accommodations for HOPE on the HILL programs, I'm opening up this blog so you all can connect and communicate.

Posted below is the agenda and locations of the HOPE activities.  I've also posted some hotel suggestions to get you started.  I'll be counting on those who would like to connect with each other about room sharing to initiate that here.  I trust you'll share your comments about experiences of note when seeking your stay place.  Also feedback on how you found the hotel for future HOPE is appreciated  :)

Be aware that although that this  URL is being disseminated only to our group, this blog is public so use caution with sensitive information.

HOPE will have activities in two locations according to the following agenda. It is suggested that you will taxi (sharing a ride with others is very cost effective and easy) from your hotel to one of the locations and (perhaps) be within walking distance of the other.

Agenda HOPE on the HILL  
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 12, 13, 14, 2012

               Building Conference Facility
               Law Offices of Swankin & Turner   
               1400 16th Street NW, Floor 1
               Washington, D.C.   20036            Map - Directions

               Lutheran Church of the Reformation
               212 East Capitol Street
               Washington, DC   20003              Map - Directions

Get Acquainted 
Wednesday Evening       6 – 9 PM
    Meet and Greet Social / Networking

    Buffet Dinner 
    Welcome and Overview   
    Introductions / Sharing “Why I am here”


    The ‘big picture/long range vision for Voice for HOPE
        Q & A

“HOPE”Training & Message              (required for “on the HILL” dialogues)
Thursday      8:30 AM  - Noon
    Citizen Healer training and tools
    What to expect
    Delivering the HOPE Message

 Lunch served.

“on the HILL” Dialogues   (2 experiences fulfill Citizen Healer Training requirement)
Thursday      Noon – 5:30 PM
Visits to Congressional Offices

Church Space open for group sharing and taping of testimonials
between and after Capitol Hill appointments.

Thursday Evening On Your Own                                       Location TBA
Activities that may be organized and announced could include:
Group Evening Meal, Impromptu Gatherings, Planning Sessions, Experiential Offerings, Other

“HOPE Builders” Brunch and Planning Meeting      
FRIDAY       9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
               HOPE Builders
·        Organization Needs
·        Communications
o   Social Networking, Forums
·        Best Practices
·        Tracking Progress
               The States of HOPE
·        Mobilizing for the HILL in:
COLORADO and more 
·        In-District Meetings
       Strategies for expansion

I have found it cost-effective to check Priceline, Expedia, or Hotwire using the address of the location you'd like to be near.   Likely there is a hotel in convenient proximity with rooms for a reasonable price -- especially if you arrange to share a room.   Be sure to post a comment to let others know what you found!

 Suggested hotels CLOSER to Swankin & Turner, Attorneys at Law:

Hotel Rouge
1315 16th St, NW, Washington, DC  20036
800.738.1202  or  202.232.8000

Washington-Central/White House Holiday Inn
1501 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC   20005
877.865.6578  or  202.483.2000

The Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters
1615 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20036
800.821.4367  or  202.296.2100

REMEMBER:  These may or may not be comfortable walking distance for you --the scale here is immense, kinda like Vegas!   A cab experience in DC is worth having :)

 Suggested hotels CLOSER to Capitol Hill

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20001
888.591.1234  or  202.737.1234

Phoenix Park Hotel
520  N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC   20001
800. 824.5419 or 202.638.6900

525 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC  20001
800. 321.3010  or  202.628.2100 

1225 First Street NE, Washington, DC  20002
800.560.7843   or  202.408.4870

Booking Blesses.


  1. This is a good start. Hotels are still pretty pricey and several are not available the dates of the event. Some of the prices for condo/houses through For Rent By Owner are a bit cheaper when you consider you can double/triple up in a three bedroom place. Check out
    for properties on Capitol Hill. Here are examples of a few I found:

    Sorry this blog does not create links, so you will have to cut and paste. Maybe some of our local citizen healers can share their ideas about places out of towners might stay.

    Thanks Denise! Pretty tricky when you live in Colorado.