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

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News

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Standing together  in Richmond, VA

Richmonders of all faiths and backgrounds are uniting against the increasing Islamophobia, xenophobia, and divisive rhetoric.“Standing Together” is an initiative of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities to bring diverse groups together to speak out and stand with the Muslim community and others who are marginalized. Hope in the Cities has joined a coalition of community organizations and more than 50 faith leaders from across the region in launching this call.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Laurin and Teresa Hodge

The founders of Mission:Launch, Teresa and Laurin Hodge, have always made a strong team. Widowed when Laurin was two, Teresa rolled the job of two parents into one. Later, after Teresa served a prison term, Laurin helped her to carry through her dream of helping released prisoners reintegrate in society.

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Community Trustbuilding Fellowship - module 2

Does change - positive, profound human change - ever happen without discomfort and uncertainty? Both those symptoms were evident at the second session of the 2016 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, which met in Richmond, Virginia, on December 4-6.

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