MCADSV Advanced Training

Tue June 10th, 2014 to Wed June 11th, 2014

Advanced Advocacy Training: LGBTQ Shelter Access
June 10-11, 2014  
Holiday Inn Downtown, Helena, MT

WHEN & WHERE: The training will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 and
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Helena. Registration and
continental breakfast will begin at 8:30am each day of the training. The training will
conclude at 5pm on Tuesday and 3pm on Wednesday. A more detailed agenda will be provided closer to the training.
WHO: We welcome all MCADSV members who would like to attend the training.
Please note that the training content will be focused towards domestic violence shelter
TRAINING OVERVIEW: LGBTQ survivors face many challenges in accessing safe
shelter when fleeing from abuse due to a lack of accessible housing options for these
survivors across the country. However, there are LGBTQ-inclusive domestic violence
shelters and housing programs which have transformed to shelter LGBTQ
survivors. This training will cover common fears and challenges associated with
sheltering LGBTQ survivors, successful LGBTQ-inclusive shelter models, current
federal regulations regarding sheltering LGBTQ survivors, and recommended action
steps for sheltering LGBTQ survivors. Upon completing this training, participants will be able to confront common fears and beliefs which prevent programs from housing
LGBTQ survivors, assess their program’s current feasibility to house LGBTQ survivors, and identify and implement concrete strategies to transform their shelter programs to include LGBTQ survivors.
The training will also include follow up activities and discussion amongst participants
regarding the shelter rules discussion we’ve been having since last June’s training.
Kelsen Young and Erin Lambert (YWCA Billings) will facilitate individual and group
conversations on the 2nd day in order to continue our collective work forward on
revisiting shelter rules and practices in our shelter programs.
PRESENTER: Chai Jindasurat is the Co-Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, where he oversees the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). NCAVP is a national coalition that works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP strives to increase power, safety, and resources for LGBTQH communities through data analysis, policy advocacy, education, and technical assistance. Chai coordinates NCAVP’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center on LGBTQ Cultural Competency, which provides LGBTQ-specific training and technical assistance to the national intimate partner violence and sexual violence field. Prior to his work at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, Chai worked at The Network/La Red as an LGBTQ antiviolence organizer in Boston, Massachusetts and as the Outreach and Education Coordinator at the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a certified LGBTQ faculty consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center. Chai has been featured in local, regional, and national publications including the Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, the Boston Globe, ColorLines, and the Advocate.
LODGING: The training and a block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Holiday
Inn Downtown located at 22 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601.
Reservations can be made by calling the Holiday Inn Downtown at: 406-443-2200.
Reservations made before Friday, May 30th will receive the special rate of $83 plus tax for single occupancy and $93 plus tax for double occupancy.
To register for this training please click on link below:
If you have any trouble accessing this link please contact Kelly at
Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.
Registration deadline is May 30, 2014.
MCADSV will be providing a continental breakfast each day of the training. Attendees will be responsible for all other meals, mileage and lodging expenses.
We have financial support for this training and so a number of scholarships will be provided to current MCADSV members based on need. To apply for a scholarship, please complete the registration link above and then click on the following link to apply for a scholarship:
The scholarship application deadline is Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Please note that we will not accept scholarship applications after the deadline.
For questions contact Kelly Darcourt at
This training is being offered based on generous financial support from
the Montana DPHHS FVPSA program.

Helena, MT