With 20 years of boots on the ground experience in providing reentry services, we have seen first hand that there is a serious need for expansion of our Ready4Work program. When Operation New Hope learned about the great work of St. Paul AME Church, Compassionate St. Augustine, and many other community leaders and volunteers, a plan was set in motion to expand reentry services in St. Johns County. The project has been bolstered by the support of the City of St. Augustine and a commitment of support from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Department, and we began providing services to the community in March 2020.
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.
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