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Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide at-risk DC youth pathways to employment in the construction and IT industries.

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.

The Run Hope Work story

Run Hope Work (RHW) was founded in 2015 to provide a pathway out of financial poverty and reduce post-traumatic stress (PTS) in high-risk youth populations. The intervention was designed to holistically reduce the number of unemployed young adult DC residents by providing employable skills training and certification.

The three words in our name, Run Hope Work, describes a holistic and developmentally appropriate intervention designed to train the next generation of business and social leaders by putting their future back in their own capable hands.

Our tagline is “Whose Life Is It?” which references the accountability our program seeks to inspire in participants. Our program content has been designed with the support of skilled professionals, formerly incarcerated, homeless, single parent, and runaway professionals who have made positive changes in their own lives.

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Whose Life Is It?

RHW aims to be the District of Columbia’s premier nonprofit changing the lives of young adults ages 16-24, through an intentional process based around the transformation of running, mindfulness, and workforce development.

Holistic Approach

RHW utilizes a holistic approach that combines physical, mental and vocational training to promote overall well-being and empower youth for long-term employment.

Physical and Mental Health

RHW’s program develops physical and mental well-being through structured run training and deliberate meditation, and prepares youth for work via life skills and work-readiness classes along with trade certifications.

Employment Support

RHW youth receive stipends during the six month program along with professional mentoring and daily programming. Upon graduation, RHW youth earn job placement and ongoing employment support.

Leadership Team

Meet the team that makes Run Hope Work… Work!

LEONARD HOWARD, JR.

Executive Director

MaNeika Edmonds

Operations Manager

Kevin Walker

Program Manager

Testimonials