Orientation offers a chance for team members to get acquainted, learn about people with disabilities and participate in skills assessments, training rides and safety training to prepare them for the life-changing events ahead. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the kick-off; however, it is important that any family or friends planning on coming to the San Francisco area understand that orientation is very busy and team members have meetings and training taking up a large portion of time. Most family and friends take this time to see some of the different sites around San Francisco. In fact, many team members and their families arrive early to sight-see. The team will be staying in Oakland, but will have various events around the bay area.Journey of Hope Kick-Off Dinner The 2013 Journey of Hope North Kick-Off Dinner will be hosted by Push America on Saturday, June 8 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The kick-off dinner will be held at Montclair Bistro (6118 Medau Place in Oakland, CA 94611). Dinner will be a celebration of the journey that is about to begin as well as a detailed explanation of the next morning's schedule of events. Journey of Hope Kick-OffThe 2013 Journey of Hope North team will depart for Napa on Sunday, June 9. After a breakfast at the Golden Gate Bridge Visitors' Center near Fort Point National Historic Site, the North team will cross the bridge at 8:00 a.m. If you are interested in joining us for breakfast, please arrive at 7:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time to eat and take photos prior to the team's departure.RegistrationThere will be a minimal cost for the kick-off events which will be $25. This will cover the cost of your meal for the kick-off dinner on June 8 and the breakfast on June 9 before the team departs from San Francisco.To register with Push America for the kick-off events in the San Francisco area, please click here. Hotel AccommodationsWith events spread out in the San Francisco area, Push America wants to offer a hotel at a central location. The Holiday Inn Civic Center in San Francisco has agreed to a group rate for family and friends of Push America for the nights of June 4 to June 10. Rooms at the Holiday Inn Civic Center will be available for $129 per night for double occupancy with each additional adult costing $25. Breakfast is not included and parking is $37 per night with unlimited in and out privileges. For reservations call (877) 252-1169 and ask for the "Push America Group" rate or use this link. This rate is only available until May 14, 2013, so book soon! The hotel is located in downtown San Francisco.If you have any questions about the kick-off events in San Francisco, please contact Terrie Smith at (980) 318-5380.
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