The Whole House Gathering

The Whole House Team loves gatherings. We love hospitality. We’d love to have a cup of coffee and a chat with you. The Gathering is our chance to share a day with you! You inspire us, so let us treat you.

Join us, and start the day with coffee, donuts, and a photo op for you and your friends courtesy of Ania Kerns, a professional photographer. Next, enjoy some music provided by our very own Lori Shaffer.

theme: Immerse Yourself in Healthy Relationships

This year’s theme is “Immerse Yourself in Healthy Relationships” — with a special emphasis on adoption, foster care, trauma, capital letter syndromes, and self. Wow, that’s a mouthful!

Here’s the thing: Relationships are tricky. We get it. The Whole House team has experience with all of the issues mentioned above, and we want to offer you a place of encouragement. You’re not alone. Let’s immerse ourselves in some real topics that make our lives more peaceful and less stressful!


9:00 – 9:30 — Registration

Enjoy Starbucks coffee and donuts while mingling The Whole House team, ’cause we love you and want to give you a hug! Take a few minutes and get your photo taken by our professional photographer, Ania Kerns.

9:30 – 10: 30 — Keynote: “Managing Relationships Through the Seasons of Your Life” (Kathleen)

After the keynote, we’ll move into workshops. We offer two workshops during each time slot, so you can choose which you’d like to attend.

10:30 – 11: 30 — Workshops 1 and 2

  • Workshop 1: “Navigating Relationships as a Mother” (Amerey)
  • Workshop 2: “Transitioning Into the Teen Years and Beyond” (Kathleen)

11: 30 – 12:30 — Lunch and Craft

Lunch will be catered by Olive Garden, and we will have a craft ready for everyone to work on. (If you don’t finish, you’ll have more time during breaks or at the end of the day.) During this time, you’ll also get another chance to have your photo taken with friends.

12:30 – 1:30 — Workshops 3 and 4

  • Workshop 3:  “The Changing Relationships With Family and Friends When Your Child Has a Capital Letter Syndrome” (Lori)
  • Workshop 4: “Relationships With Family, Friends, and the Church After Sexual Abuse” (Amber Higgins)

1:30 – 1:45 — Stretch and Snack Break

1:45 – 2:45 — Workshops 5 and 6

  • Workshop 5: “Building a Relationship With Your Adopted/Foster Child” (Kristin and Kathleen)
  • Workshop 6: Relationship With Self” (Jessica)

2:45 – 3:00 — Wrap Up

Enjoy a final photo op and say your goodbyes!

We here at The Whole House know that sometimes money is super tight. If you want to come but can’t afford the price, please message us on Facebook or email!

Note: This is an adult only event. No childcare will be provided. With that said, we always welcome nursing infants.

When: September 7, 2018 | 9am – 3pm

Where: Smithtown Community Center | 56 Smithtown School Rd, Morgantown, WV

Enjoy the these highlights from last year’s Gathering, provided by Ania Guire Photography:

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