About Operation New Hope
Operation New Hope works to build a stronger community by creating opportunities to realize second chances and reduce recidivism.
Kevin was immediately compelled to restore the stately architecture and restore the neighborhood’s pride. As Kevin’s vision began to take shape, his eyes were widened to the residents and occupants of Springfield; many were in a state of hopelessness, seemingly empty and broken. Quickly, reality unveiled itself – restoring the homes would displace many of the residents, potentially worsening their lives. Kevin’s vision evolved; he wove together a project committed to rebuilding lives and restoring communities – one home and one life at a time. Kevin’s vision became Operation New Hope. During its infancy, Operation New Hope traversed many barriers and obstacles: skeptical onlookers, funding shortages, and equipment theft. Searching for balance between the community and his efforts, Kevin initiated a strategy of employing neighborhood residents as craftsmen and laborers. Unknown to Kevin, his efforts in bringing together a community lost to blight, poverty and outright neglect would soon capture the attention of the most powerful office in the world. To date, ONH is responsible for building and restoring more than 80 homes throughout the Historic Springfield and Eastside neighborhoods and works in concert with community organizations to provide assistance to those requiring treatment for chemical dependency, clothing, shelter, educational training, and employment.
Our clients are required to be drug-free while participating in our 4-week career development training course that focuses on employment and life skills. A dedicated job coach works with the client and employer to place individuals in jobs where there is a match for both parties. The Ready4Work staff remains in contact with the client for a full year.
Operation New hope started as a way to revitalize the Springfield area in downtown Jacksonville
Ready4Work® program Launches
Ready4Work® Program Replicated in Hillsborough
Operation New Hope Breaks Ground On Springfield Apartment Complex
Jacksonville companies join ‘ban the box’ movement
Ready4Work® Program Replicated in Tallahassee
New Jacksonville Port Academy Quickly Prepares Ex-Offenders For Work
Kevin Meets with Current Whitehouse Administration over expansion of Ready4Work®
Duval County rolls out drivers license restoration program
HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits Jacksonville and Operation New Hope