Join Us Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 2020

Come enjoy a day or two of family fun!  Children’s Hope Alliance, Evergreen Foundation, and surrounding Social Services agencies invite you to the FREE Far West Conference 2020.

READ MORE about the presenters who will offer engaging sessions throughout the day on Saturday. 

MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS EARLY.  Limited hotel rooms provided for conference attendees at no cost, the evening of Friday, March 13, until rooms are filled. To reserve your room, call Microtel INN & Suites in Franklin, NC at 828-349-9000.  When reserving your room, please say “I am registering for the “FAR WEST CONFERENCE.”  Rooms available:  Single – sleeps 2;  Double – sleeps 4;  or Suite – sleeps 5.  Call Now!



Schedule of Events

Friday, March 13

Location: The Factory in Franklin (1024 Georgia Road)

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Family Fun-Filled Friday Night Event – burger bar, mac & cheese, fries, and beverages for all! After dinner, kids and families can play the many games and activities The Factory has to offer.

Saturday, March 14

Locations: The Factory in Franklin & Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Daycare will be provided for children 5 and younger, planned games and activities for school-aged kids up to age 13, AND NEW THIS YEAR – unique workshops designed just for teens 14-18 years old!

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Day Care Drop-Off (for kids ages 0-5 only)*

Check-In & Breakfast

Conference Welcome (Joe Barkowitz)

Keynote Address (Kevin Angell, Chief Operations Officer, Children’s Hope Alliance)

Morning Kick-Off for Parents Only (Ron & Dawn Stier)

Lunch (at The Factory with child(ren))

Breakout Session #1 (various topics and presenters)

Afternoon Break & Snack

Breakout Session #2 (various topics and presenters)

Conference Closing (Joe Barkowitz)

Day Care Pick-Up

TEEN EVENT SCHEDULE (for teens 14-18)

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Check-in & Breakfast

Conference Welcome

Keynote Address

Morning Kick-Off for Teens Only

Lunch (at The Factory with parent(s))

Training (Life Skills / Social Media)

Store Bonanza

Games at The Factory


*Note daycare is NOT located at The Factory. Please drive to Macon Program for Progress for Daycare (350 Orchard View Drive, Franklin) before check-in and breakfast. Please CLICK HERE to download the required paperwork for daycare.


For more information or questions, call Joe Barkowitz at 828-242-4681.

Don’t Wait, Register TODAY!

We hope to see you there!