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Lillie A. Estes

“What are the things that impact people and prevent them from moving forward?” That is the question that has always interested Lillie Estes in her work for social justice.

Change is good!

John Taylor was one of more than 150 people who applied for the job of Hope in the Cities program coordinator. He joined the team just two months ago and writes, "As family members shared the job description with me I sat in wonderment and awe as I first began learning about Initiatives of Change on their website."

2012-2013 IofC USA Financial Review

Document date: 
5 Sep 2014

Chocolate City

Initiatives of Change will screen and host a discussion of this award-winning film by filmmaker and DC native Ellie Walton. This film explores the rapid gentrification of Washington, DC.

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm Reception
6:30 - 8:30 pm Screening and discussion

WeWork Wonder Bread Factory
641 S. Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20001


Solving problems before they happen

Bill Hamilton, a native Texan with 40 years’ experience in executive, legislative, and judicial branches of Texas state government, has just joined the Initiatives of Change USA board. Bill is also actively involved in local, regional, and state government and civic initiatives in the Austin/Capital Area region and served as mayor of Rollingwood.

Someone is knocking at the door

Oscar Contreras was born in Guatemala and has been in the United States since 1995. Since 2007 he has been a program host at WBTK 1380AM, the Latino Family Christian Radio Station in Richmond, VA. He writes: "Tens of thousands of children are now banging on our door and it looks like they are looking for a refuge and protection. Something is going on and it is happening on our doorstep."

Caux intern helps rebuild community

Katy McQuillan, a Caux intern in 2012, and her family from Brooklyn, NY, are working to help the community of the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, LA, to recover from Hurricane Katrina. They have visited and volunteered five times. On April 27 they hosted a fundraising presentation at their synagogue by Ward "Mack" McClendon, founder of Lower 9th Ward Village.


This integrated approach to constructive community change is based on the nationally and internationally recognized work of Hope in the Cities/Initiatives of Change. It increases the capacity of communities to overcome divisions of race, culture, economics and politics by creating a network of skilled facilitators, capable team builders, informed advocates and credible role models.

Trustbuilding Study Guide

Document date: 
23 Sep 2014

2014 Hope in the Cities Program Coordinator

Document date: 
23 Apr 2014