Operation New Hope was founded to address the problems facing Jacksonville’s Historic Springfield community - poverty, crime, homelessness, disrepair, and drug addiction. By initially employing neighborhood residents as craftsmen and laborers to build and restore more than 80 homes throughout the Springfield and Eastside neighborhoods, the organization successfully brought together a community once lost to blight, poverty, and outright neglect.

The organization's success caught the attention of the most powerful office in the world and in 2003, President George W. Bush selected Operation New Hope as the pilot site for the Ready4Work program. It has been recognized as one of the most experienced re-entry service providers ever since. Our work has been praised by the last four White House Administrations, as well as, current and former City of Jacksonville leaders - Mayors Lenny Curry, Alvin Brown, John Peyton & John Delaney and Sheriffs Nat Glover & Mike Williams. On a recent visit, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, said about Ready4Work, “I don’t think there is any better (program) than this."

Ready4Work saves taxpayers millions of critical dollars a year that can be reinvested back into communities to help address the root causes of incarceration, like poverty, lack of quality affordable housing, limited education, mental illness, and substance abuse.  The success of the program is evident in the transformation stories of its clients, enhanced hiring practices for the employment partners, healthier communities and families, and better public safety through reduced recidivism. Operation New Hope has truly transformed Jacksonville into the City of Second Chances.

Now in its 21st year, Operation New Hope is poised to expand services.  Groundwork has been laid in St. Johns County and Operation New Hope's first branch office will be opening soon in St. Augustine, Florida. It is with great hope that we will continue growing, bringing the Ready4Work program to cities all over Florida and beyond, leading to many Cities of Second Chances!

Voices of Hope


"Operation New Hope was the only one that made the difference."

Lee Livingston

"I got the skills I needed to get my life on track. The program truly set me up to succeed."

Anthony bryant

"If I had not been given the opportunities here at Operation New Hope, I wouldn't be where I am today."

danielle pryor

"They wouldn't stop until I got a job and I can't be more appreciative of all the efforts of Operation New Hope."

Leroy lyles