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...


News

Friday, April 8, 2016
Dr.John Franklin - Trustbuilding Forum Series

"The African American museum movement began in people's living rooms," says Dr. John W. Franklin, Senior Manager of the Office of External Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. He was in Richmond for two days at the invitation of Hope in the Cities to speak at the Library of Virginia and to other audiences.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Unpacking the Census

“This is a testament to the difference that citizens working together with policy makers can make,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones addressing a forum attended by more than 150 area residents who had come to assess the impact of five years of sustained efforts to reduce poverty and to discuss next steps.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Jacqueline Johnson

"Purposeful. At the end of each weekend module of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (CTF), participants are asked to share a word or brief phrase that describes their key takeaways or feelings about the sessions." Jacquie Johnson reflects on her experience as a Community Trustbuilding Fellow.

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