Building trust in the heart of community

Inspiring a vision of community where a commitment to reconciliation and justice transcends competing identities and interests

For over two decades Hope in the Cities has helped transform Richmond, VA, from a symbol of racial division to a model for reconciliation. Through acknowledgement of history, honest conversation and skills building workshops, the experiential learning offered by Hope in the Cities builds capacity for community leaders.

A sustained citizen-led effort has resulted in a network of leaders in non-profit and business sectors, local government, media and education. It engages people across the political spectrum and of all cultural and religious backgrounds.

A proven process for change

Hope in the Cities' approach includes three vital steps:

Hope in the Cities offers Richmond as a center for community trustbuilding where processes for trustbuilding, reconciliation, and community change are regularly learned and effectively practiced.

Workshops & training

Hope in the Cities offers workshops on dialogue facilitation and design, acknowledgment of painful history, trustbuilding, and building and sustaining diverse teams in communities divided by race, ethnicity, class, or religion.

Workshops and trainings are custom-designed as a half-day, whole-day, or multi-modular sessions for community groups, nonprofit organizations, corporations, universities, faith congregations, social service and government agencies.

Workshops/trainings are offered in Richmond or on-site as requested.

Clients include:

Bon Secours Health System, Leadership Metro Richmond, Higher Achievement, Richmond Public Schools, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, American Civil War Center, Neighborhood Resource Center, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Tulsa, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations, Fetzer Institute, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Duke Divinity School, American University, University of Richmond, Norfolk State University, University of Virginia , Eastern Mennonite University

Find out more about workshops on offer...


Thursday, October 15, 2015
Prejudice Awareness Summit

Hope in the Cities was pleased to partner with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) and other community organizations for the Prejudice Awareness Summit (PAS). This is an intensive day-long workshop for middle school students that leads to a year of programming designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and acceptance of ethnic and cultural differences. Since its inception PAS has provided training to over 2,250 middle school students from the metropolitan Richmond area.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Caux by John Taylor

"After a journey which had begun the day before, I found myself in the small village of Caux, Switzerland, 3400 feet in altitude, high above the town of Montreux and the Lake Geneva. I was there to participate in the 9th annual Trust & Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) conference, one of several being held during the course of the summer at the Initiative of Change conference center," writes John Taylor who coordinates Hope in the Cities' programs in Richmond, VA.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In just one month the 2016 class of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (CTF) will gather in Richmond, VA, for the first of five residential modules. This diverse group of participants is coming from Mississippi, California, Georgia, Washington, DC, as well as Virginia. Participants range in age from 23 to 66 but all express a desire become proactive, positive and committed to making their communities better.