Our Mission

Run Hope Work is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide at-risk DC youth with pathways to employment in the construction and IT industries.

01

RUN

/ BUILD CONFIDENCE

Running reduces stress, alleviates depression, and improves overall well-being. We use running, primarily as an early boost to encourage morning work activity, build confidence and provide a structured physical outlet for our participants.

02

HOPE

/ PRACTICE MINDFULNESS

Our Hope Sessions are for meditation and are an essential component of our philosophy. Our daily circle meditation teaches self-awareness and mindfulness, designed to foster a deeper connection with oneself and the community.

03

WORK

/ CREATE EMPLOYMENT

To increase our participant’s employability profile, they need more than a nice resume and interviewing skills, they need credentials. We offer professional trainings that certify our members in competitive industries, leading to sustainable career opportunities

Run Hope Work’s Pathway to Employment

Using culturally relevant training modules and mentors, RHW develops positive character attributes, offers construction skills training, CompTIA A+ and Network + Training and certification, delivers workforce readiness training, and provides physical fitness training and post-traumatic meditation therapy

CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPMENT

Join the workforce of skilled craftspeople and help shape the landscape of your
community.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Choose a career in technology and be at the heart of innovation in an increasingly digital world.

GRADUATION AND PLACEMENT

RHW is your fast-track to a sustainable career through training and employer referral.

Our Impact

Using culturally relevant training modules and mentors, RHW develops positive character attributes, offers construction skills training, CompTIA A+ and Network + Training and certification, delivers workforce readiness training, and provides physical fitness training and post-traumatic meditation therapy

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Jose Ortiz

The Founder’s Story

Run Hope Work was founded in 2015 by Jose Ortiz. Jose modeled the program after his own path to success, after struggling with addiction and homelessness. Jose received a second chance from a mentor who taught him the trade of flooring, and friends who introduced him to running.

Running and meditation saved him from a life of hardship. Jose is now the proud owner of Allstate Floors, a community leader, and a decorated triathlete. Jose created Run Hope Work in hopes to help others like him achieve wellness, and career stability.

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Our Events

GOLFING TOURNAMENT

You’re invited to our first golfing tournament on April 22nd, 2023. Network with the business community while enjoying the spring weather. The proceeds from the golf tournament will help underserved Youth in Washington DC establish their career. For more information, follow us on social media. 

BLACK PANTHER SCREENING

We are excited to share that Run Hope Work will host the early private screening of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Join us for the sequel to one of the highest-grossing films this November.
Please keep your eyes peeled on our social media for location and ticket information.

Fall Cocktail Party & Fundraiser

Please join the Honorable Muriel Bowser and Adrian Fenty for an evening of cocktails and conversations to benefit Run Hope Work.
Enjoy appetizers and cocktails. Meet the people who help make Run Hope Work, well, work. Please get your ticket here.
Location: Hook Hall, Washington DC

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