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Tue, Jun 11



We Rise Economic Empowerment Retreat

Join us in the old growth forest at Millersylvania State Park Retreat Center for the first ever We Rise Economic Empowerment Retreat!

We Rise Economic Empowerment Retreat
We Rise Economic Empowerment Retreat

Time & Location

Jun 11, 2024, 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Olympia, 12245 Tilley Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512, USA

About the event


Thurston County has one of the most diverse economies in the state. This means more opportunities for achieving economic stability. Join us in the old growth forest at Millersylvania State Park Retreat Center for the first ever We Rise Economic Empowerment Retreat! This event is brought to you by the Thurston Asset Building Coalition (TABC).

This year’s theme is “We are stronger together!” We will focus this year’s event on building community connections to strengthen our economic resilience collectively. Participants can expect opportunities for learning, connection, and receiving free resources. And we’ll have some fun, too! Our goal is for every participant to walk away with more money (or savings) than when they arrived. We hope you’ll join us for this unique experience!

What is Financial “Empowerment?”

We define financial empowerment as wrap-around support that enables people and communities to rise out of poverty and into financial stability and prosperity. This includes the sharing of knowledge, resources, and emotional support to allow those most marginalized to make their own choices and determine their own futures financially.


Day 1: Social Services Provider Reception

The first evening of this event is a networking event for social services providers and government officials who support economic development in Thurston County. Participants will have an opportunity to:

· Enjoy food prepared by local businesses,

· Learn about the work happening across economic advancement, housing, healthcare, and the food system to support Thurston County residents,

· Celebrates the great work of those serving our communities in these areas, and

· Network across our service areas.

Day 2: Community Empowerment Day

The second day of this event is packed with a variety of activities, including:

· Breakfast, lunch, and dinner from local businesses,

· Your choice between 7 different economic empowerment workshops to attend throughout the day,

· Free time to explore the park and enjoy the retreat center amenities (kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking trails),

· A community resource fair, and

· Evening entertainment event.


Meals, coffee, and tea will be provided throughout this event. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available at each meal. Participants can include their dietary needs in their registration form, and we will make reasonable accommodations to meet your needs and preferences. More details about menus will be provided closer to the event.


We’re lining up a selection of speakers and facilitators who are skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable in the areas of housing, financial wellness, community resources, local food, and health. We will launch our list of selected speakers in early May.


Participants can choose to arrive and depart on the day of the event they are participating in and are not required to stay overnight. Lodging is available in the heated rustic bunk cabins onsite for participants that want an immersive retreat experience. Participants staying on cabins must bring their own bed linens.

  • ADA Accessible Cabin: One of the cabins is ADA accessible with an attached ADA accessible bathroom and is available first come first serve for folks with accessibility needs. The cabin is next to the event hall and parking lot.
  • Community Cabins: You can reserve a bunk in a community cabin, where you’ll be placed with up to 3 other participants. This can be a fun way to live the summer camp experience and build community. These cabins share communal bathrooms and showers with neighboring cabins.
  • Private Cabins: Want more privacy? You can request a private cabin (6 available, first come, first serve). These cabins share communal bathrooms and showers with neighboring cabins.


There are two single stall ADA accessible all genders restrooms in the event hall. Each of these restrooms has a changing table. These restrooms will be accessible during the event between the hours of 8am and 8pm. There are also two communal restrooms and shower buildings near the cabins. One of these is for men and the other is for all genders. Participants must bring their own towels and toiletries for showering.

What’s an all genders restroom? All genders restrooms are restrooms where people of all gender identities and expressions can use the bathroom safely and comfortably. Having all genders bathrooms available at events allows more people, especially trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people, to feel safe using the bathroom.


Child care reimbursement is available June 11th from 8:00am to 6:00pm for those attending the retreat. If you need child care to attend this event, please tell us in your application.


Parking: There are two ADA accessible parking spaces on-site.

Event Hall: The event hall, where the majority of activities will take place for this retreat, is ADA accessible. The event hall has two ADA accessible restrooms. All meals will be served out the event hall.

Covered Picnic Area: The covered picnic area at the retreat center is directly off the parking lot on hard pavement. The nearest ADA restroom is about 100 feet away in the event hall.

Barn: The pathway to the barn is a compact dirt and gravel path that transitions onto a grassy path for about 400 feet. The barn is semi-compact woodchip mulch. The pathway to the barn is about 1/3 mile long from the event hall. Upon request, attendees may drive a vehicle up to the barn entrance to attend activities in that area. The nearest ADA restroom is at the all genders communal bathroom facility, about 600 feet away.

Kitchen Shelter #3 (Resource Fair): The kitchen shelter where the resource fair will take place has concrete floors in the shelter and is surrounded by compact dirt that is mostly flat, but uneven in some places. This area can be accessed by the 8-foot-wide semi-compacted mulch pathway from either the kitchen shelter #2 parking lot (600 feet away) or the boat launch parking lot (400 feet away). There is a restroom facility about 200 feet away with men’s and women’s marked restrooms. There are no ADA accessible stalls in these restrooms.

Event Registration

Register by May 31st. Space is limited.

Questions? Contact us at


  • Community Day Pass

    Sale ends: May 31, 11:59 PM

    This is entry for one person to the full day of activities on June 11th. You must be a resident of Thurston County who is currently low to moderate income to register.

  • Asset Building Reception

    Sale ends: Jun 10, 6:30 PM

    This ticket admits one person to the evening reception on June 10th. You must be a community partner or current participant in one or more of the hubs within the Thurston Asset Building Coalition (Homeless Housing Hub/HAT, Safety Net, South Sound Food System Network, Economic Advancement Hub, or the TABC steering committee). This is a free event. If your organization is able, we welcome you to pay the sponsorship rate. Sponsors will be announced at the beginning of the event.

    From $0.00 to $100.00
    • $0.00
      +$0.00 service fee
    • $100.00
      +$2.50 service fee



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