This event is free and seating is first come, first served. Books will be available for purchase through our bookstore as well as full menu and bar inside the event.
In 2018, Ron Clements, a professional sports journalist, journeyed across the country on a tour of all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums – a tour he called Home Run on Wheels. The tour promoted local foster care agencies and the need for permanent loving homes, while providing foster children the opportunity to join him and his wife for a local MLB game, an American pastime that many have yet to experience. In his book scheduled for release in July, Home Run on Wheels, Mr. Clements shares his journey and advocates for the over 100,000 children in our nation’s foster care system.
Mr. Clements has joined forces with LSS/NCA while in our nation’s capital to not only promote his book, but host an honest conversation concerning the growing foster care population. LSS/NCA currently advocates for foster children by promoting adoptions through the public system. Additionally, LSS/NCA operates one of the nation’s few unaccompanied refugee minor (URM) foster care programs, providing homes and case management to youth who have lost their loved ones while fleeing war and persecution.
About the book: In Home Run On Wheels, Ron Clements shows readers what is needed for charities to successfully help children in the foster care system. As he and his wife, Patti, take to the road to visit every MLB stadium in a single season, the story recounts their cross-country adventure, their efforts to get foster families to MLB games, and highlights the generosity of others. This book will open your heart to those in foster care, but also share the Clements' love of baseball and passion for traveling.
Ron Clements, Author of Home Run on Wheels: Ron Clements is a Wisconsin native who has worked as a sports journalist since 1999. He has two sons, RJ and David, and has been happily married to Patti since 2017. Clements loves sports, movies, music, and traveling. He has received awards from the Illinois Press Association and has covered multiple NFL games, a Super Bowl, and various NCAA tournaments.
Jennifer Cormeny, Director of Family Services LSS: Jennifer, LICSW, LCSW-C, is a native Washingtonian, and has committed her professional career to the safety, permanence and well-being of children/youth and families in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Her career in child welfare began in 1996, and she has been fortunate to work with many dedicated and caring individuals. Jennifer has had the privilege of working at LSSNCA since 2015 and is honored to “walk with those in need and mobilize communities to provide services that offer hope and rebuild lives.
Irene Stevenson, URM Foster Parent: Irene Stevenson has been licensed to foster since February 2017 and currently parents two unaccompanied refugee minors. Prior to moving to Washington 10 years ago, Irene was a labor organizer in the former Soviet Union, where she became skilled at researching corporate behavior and structure in opaque political and economic environments. She has worked extensively on campaigns with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Program for the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC), international and sectoral non-governmental organizations and local grassroots organizations. Irene is fluent in Russian and proficient in French and Arabic.
(Moderator) Rochelle Dickerson, Clinical Supervisor, LSS: Rochelle Dickerson, LICSW, LCSW-C, has committed her professional career to the safety, permanence and well-being of children/youth and families in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Rochelle has a passion working with youth and families in need. Rochelle has been working at LSSNCA since 2013 and enjoys making a difference and impacting families lives for the better. Rochelle enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and adventurous experiences.