Agenda: 37th Annual Fairweather Lodge Conference (September 15 – 17, 2021). Hosted by Hope Family Village.

College students are returning to campus. Soon local schools will open. While we have seen a steady stream of tourists throughout Williamsburg this summer, we cannot know about the behavior of SARS-COV-2 (and Covid-19), nor the decision making of associated governments and businesses as we enter fall.

We had assumed this. Decided to prepare a hybrid event for both an in-person and online participation. Hope Family Village retained Audiocraft to both stream and video record the event. Zoom is our platform. We will make sessions available online for those unable to attend. (Only the award ceremony may not be recorded.)

Our conference theme is: “It’s all about the community.” If you have read my earlier blog posts, you know that Hope Family Village is all about creating community. Mental health care comes down to each community in America. Our families, our neighbors, our people.

Fairweather Lodges are integral to their neighborhoods and their communities. George Fairweather himself felt very strongly that the peers who lived in lodges should have a place to live autonomously, have opportunities to work and volunteer, have rights, and be free to participate in society as citizens.

Our agenda offers a blend of contributions being made to our communities and society. I will be posting further about each session, the panel members, and speakers up until the the conference. We hope you are able to participate. (To register got here and scroll down.)




351 York Street,


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

 Registration and Evening Reception

3:30 – 6 PM

Participants Register at the Hotel

6:30 PM -8 PM

Reception at The Williamsburg Fairweather Lodge

Hosted by Hope Family Village, Our Lodge Member Families, and others.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

7:30 – 8:45 Buffet Breakfast

Welcome, Conference Opening

Speaker: Christina Westenberger, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

The Story of the Eastern State Hospital: Mental Health Care in the 18th Century


9 am – 10:15 am  

Workshop: Creating Community to Address Mental Health Care

Moderator, Graham Henshaw, Executive Director, W&M Center for Entrepreneurship

Panel Members:Directors from Hope Family Village


10:30 am – 11:45 am 

Workshop: Fairweather Lodge: A Short Course; Followed by Panel Session

Moderator: John Trepp, CCL Chairman Emeritus, The Coalition for Community Living

Panel Members: Ashley Trepp, Tasks Unlimited, Brendan Bayer, Former Lodge Member Bill McHenry, CCL Chair, Lodge Coordinator New Visions, Lodge Members, Others


12:00 pm  – 1:30 pm  AWARDS BANQUET

Award Ceremony, Master of Ceremonies, John Trepp

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Workshop: Establishing a Trauma Informed Community Network

Moderator: Marsha Obremski, Colonial Behavioral Health

Panel Members: Rebecca Vinroot, Director James City County Social Services; Carla Javier, Director of Children’s Services at CDR; Fred Liggin, Founder and President of 3e Restoration, Joe Jackson, Director of the 9th District Juvenile Court Services Unit and Sheri Newcome, York County Dept Director of Community Services. 


4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Xavier Amador, Phd. (Confirmed)

Author of I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help and teaches the LEAP Method.


Friday, September 17, 2021

7:30 am – 8:45 am Buffet Breakfast

9 am – 10:15 am

Workshop: Fairweather Lodge Outcomes


Ashley Trepp and Outcomes Committee

10:30 am – 11:15 am  

Workshop: Emergency Services (CIT, CITAC)

Colonial Behavioral Health Staff Members

11:15 AM

Conference Summation

CCL Annual Board Meeting

It’s all about the community

Welcoming the Coalition for Community Living to Williamsburg Sept 15 – 17, 2021

The 37th Annual Fairweather Lodge Conference and Meeting of the Coalition for Community Living (CCL) will be held in Williamsburg Virginia this year. The conference, hosted by Hope Family Village, begins September 15th with registration and a reception at the Williamsburg Fairweather Lodge, the first Fairweather Lodge in Virginia. A great networking opportunity. You will meet lodge members, their families, and our neighbors. The conference will also have an online option. To register, go here

The conference theme is: It’s about the community. 
On September 16th, we will have a very full day. It will begin with breakfast followed by a presentation by Christina Westenberger, Manager of Gallery Learning for Colonial Wiliamsburg Foundation. She will tell the story of mental health care in the 18th century. How did the Williamsburg community provide care to people in need? What can the past tell us about care today and in the future. How do Fairweather Lodge and ideas like Hope Family Village factor in the discussion. 

Many might not know that Williamsburg is home to the oldest mental health institution in North America. The recently upgraded Art Museum is in the building of the original hospital. Time will be tight, but a tour is possible.

CCL Board members held their mid-year meetings in Wiliamsburg in 2015 and again in 2017. Offered to the Williamsburg community members was a short course and panel discussion about Fairweather Lodge. Moderated by CCL’s John Trepp, participants learned everything they wanted to know about Fairweather Lodge in a workshop. The conference will once again feature this popular session, along with experiences and perspectives of the fledgling Williamsburg Fairweather Lodge. 

Hope Family Village: Our vision was to create a community-centric collaborative, offering acceptance, housing, and sustainable support for people with mental health conditions and their families. Twenty-five acres has been set aside, near Eastern State Hospital, to develop a co-housing project to fulfill this vision. What did we really have in mind, how did it evolve, where does it stand today? 

At noon, John Trepp will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Awards Banquet. A conference favorite, we honor all the nominees for these coveted awards and celebrate George Fairweather’s innovation. It’s a heartwarming ceremony. And, we will be eating great Mexican food. 

One of the hottest topics in the country is Trauma Informed Care. What is it and what is involved? Colonial Behavioral Health (CBH), Williamsburg’s behavioral health agency will be moderating a statewide panel discussion on Establishing a Trauma Informed Community Network.

Closing the day, we are delighted to present Xavier Amador, Phd. Author of the book, I am not sick, I don’t need help, who teaches the LEAP Method. He will appear remotely. LEAP and Fairweather Lodge are both evidence-based approaches designed to enable people serious mental illness to flourish. He teaches people how to improve their relationships. A powerful speaker and clinical psychologist, Dr. Amador is an experienced caregiver. We invited him to offer a perspective that might help us in operating lodges and developing stronger communities in mental health care. 

On Friday, following a buffet breakfast, we will have two workshops. For the past year, the Outcomes Committee has been re-examining how lodge performance is measured and will discuss improvements in the methods. You won’t want to miss this session. 

CBH operates a comprehensive emergency services program. Yes, we are a small community. But, we have one of the highest concentrations of CIT-trained officers in the state.  You will learn about our CITAC program. One of our Williamsburg Fairweather Lodge members will speak about his work as a peer support specialist there.

Before noon, we will conduct a conference summation, which for our community will be involve identifying our next steps and for CCL will conclude with board business.