Voices of Hope – Terrance Platts

After serving a 20-year sentence for attempted robbery with a firearm, possession of cocaine, and aggravated battery, Terrance Platts came to Operation New Hope through enrollment in the post-release Ready4Work® program. However, Terrance’s transition to the outside world was not easy. Modern advances such as computers, flash drives, tablets, and search engines were foreign to him. He found it difficult …

Ready4Work Program Expanding to St. Johns County

On Friday, July 19, 2019, hundreds of community members gathered under a large white tent in the Linconville neighborhood of St. Augustine, Florida to support the launch of our Ready4Work reentry program in St. Johns County. Despite the sweltering summer heat, spirits were high as those in attendance listened to inspiring words from Dr. Makaziwe Mandela who reminded us that “Without unity …

A Will Productions publishes Nelson Mandela International Day Jax mini documentary

Jacksonville, Fl August 9, 2019 Independent filmmaker, Armartes Williams, owner of A Will Productions released a mini documentary featuring highlights of several events in Jacksonville and St Augustine, Florida held in honor of the historic visit of Dr Makaziwe Mandela and her daughter, Tukwini Mandela. The video includes the eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela’s tour of Operation New Hope and …

Vice President Pence, Ivanka Trump and Governor DeSantis Visit

On Friday, July 26, 2019, Vice President Pence, Ivanka Trump and Governor DeSantis visited Operation New Hope to learn about our nationally acclaimed Ready4Work program. Pence praised our reentry services stating that Ready4Work is a “model program not only in Florida but for the United States.” DeSantis stated “When you compare Operation New Hope’s recidivism rate to the State’s overall, …

Dr. Mandela visits Operation New Hope

While Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela, and her daughter Tukwini were visiting Jacksonville for the 1st Nelson Mandela International Day Jacksonville, they stopped by Operation New Hope to learn more about the organization. The tour made stops in every department where the Mandelas learned about our four-pronged approach (case management, supportive services, job training and job placement …