A Place To Call Home

This year’s annual A Place to Call Home events in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro will provide an intimate setting for change-making storytellers from across the state to share their lived experiences that have forever enriched their lives.

Become a speaker

So… what can you expect? Here is a short recap from 2023.


Greensboro Luncheon on April 11, Charlotte Evening on April 18, and Raleigh Luncheon on April 25

Our invitations for these events will start going in the mail on March 1, so please let us know if you’d like to receive one.

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Our Storytellers

will have the opportunity to work with a professional storytelling coach to craft a story that impacts and inspires our community of supporters.

Preparation will include outlining the topic and participating in a series of virtual coaching sessions to occur in February, March, and early April. Speakers will receive professional coaching, travel expenses, and a stipend.


Sign up to be a speaker below

The Theme? Family!

We believe that family creates the foundation of ourselves, our community, and shapes our future.

Share a 10 minute topic around:

  1. What are the lessons family has taught you and how are you a different person because of those lessons?
  2. How do you define family? What does family mean?
  3. How has family shaped your identity?
  4. What role does family play in your community and what do families need to thrive?
  5. What are conventional and unconventional ways families could be supported?
  6. How has somebody else’s family inspired you?
  7. What misconceptions about family are you passionate about?

Tell your story

Previous speakers and topics have included


Robb Dussault, Foster & Adoptive Parent

The idea of the perfect family is an unhelpful myth.


Melanie Edwards, Foster & Adoptive Parent

Through steadfast commitment, even through great tragedy, strong families are forged and can thrive.


Lisa Lowe-Hall, CEO, Triangle Family Services

A grandmother’s steady and compassionate care for her community lives on through her granddaughter’s life of service and advocacy.


Deepa Naik, Director of Philanthropy, Merancas Foundation

Separated from family across an ocean, a family’s identity expands to embrace friends and encourage communities supporting each other.


Mikaila Reinhardt, Foster Care Alumni & Foster Parent Recruiter

Loving support of a child will affect not only that child but generations to come.


Karen McKeithen Schaede, Partner, Revolution Law Group

From the perspective of the sibling of an adoptee, families are not defined by how they are created.

Sign Up To Become A Speaker

We are accepting applications for all Storytellers through November 30, 2023.

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