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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Community in Schools

For its 2017 Virginia state convening of 90 site coordinators, Communities In Schools called on Initiatives of Change USA to deliver a morning workshop on implicit bias and trustbuilding. Six of the IofC USA newly formed team of skilled facilitators and trainers led groups of 15 in lively discussion, kicked off by the drumming of musician and facilitator Ram Bhagat.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Community Trustbuilding Fellowship

After five intensive modules, the newly graduated Fellows of the 2017 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship are taking their learning into their daily life and work. With a diverse class drawn from six US states as well as one participant from Rwanda, there were sometimes difficult and painful conversations. But in the words of one Fellow, “The container was strong enough to keep us all here.”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Initiatives of Change USA is excited to announce the start of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise launched nationally by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on June 28. Richmond, VA, is one of 14 communities across the United States selected by WKKF to implement this initiative. We at IofC are honored that both WKKF and the Richmond community have entrusted us to shepherd TRHT in Richmond.

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