May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month. At Operation New Hope, we focus on the mental health of our clients every day, but we take this month to focus on prevention, stigma reduction, and mental health advocacy. We hope you’ll join us.  Each client enrolled in our Ready4Work reentry program is […]

Meet the Staff -Jeff Kauttu

Meet our Ready4Work Job Coach – Jeff Kauttu Jeff Kauttu joined the ONH team a little over a month ago. He has dedicated over 40 years to volunteering in jails and prisons. Jeff is very open about being an alcoholic, and has been sober for 29 years! He currently holds AA meetings and drug court […]

Second Chance Supporters – UNF Marketing Students

Students share jingle they made for Operation New Hope A wonderful finale to Second Chance Month, University of North Florida (UNF) students created clever marketing campaigns to promote the mission of Operation New Hope. Students from Dr. Courtney Azzari’s Consumer Behavior course were assigned a case study group project focused on the target markets of […]

Meet the Staff – Ronnie Cage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAPY6K2nOSA&list=PLP7OC77v2jekmVs6sLlePcZDnerU3FbTO&index=1 Meet our Ready4Release Program Manager – Ronnie Cage. Ronnie has been with Operation New Hope since 2014. His dedicated Ready4Release team works with 30 facilities in Florida to target qualified inmates and present Ready4Work program details. Our experienced Case Managers enroll interested clients and build an individualized release plan to facilitate a smooth transition back into […]

Meet the Staff – Ken McCoy

https://youtu.be/bVpvmef9fGs Meet our Ready4Work Case Manager – Ken McCoy  Ken is dedicated to making sure each client gets through our Ready4Work program and supports them for a full year after graduation as a Case Manager. Our Case Managers are responsible for developing an individualized plan of care, performing risk assessments, making goal-setting strategies, and providing any other supportive […]

Meet the Staff- Saige White

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk-wKoDIAWQ Meet our Ready4Work Case Manager – Saige White.  Saige helps her “peoples” with anything and everything to assist them in their journey after incarceration. Our Case Managers develop a comprehensive individualized plan of care that directly addresses a client’s needs and goals as they work on rebuilding their lives. Case managers, job coaches, and mental […]

Meet the Staff – Chris Simmons and Emilee Beard

Meet our Intake Specialists – Chris Simmons and Emilee Beard As Chris puts it, our Intake Specialists are the gateway to Operation New Hope! Chris and Emilee work with each applicant to assist with recruitment, eligibility, and onboarding. Intake is the first step for our client’s journey toward their Second Chance. We thank them for […]

Meet the Staff- Brian Hargrove

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt31mLrogaA Meet our Senior Job Coach – Brian Hargrove Operation New Hope prides itself on focusing on a person’s  potential rather than their criminal past. Our job coaches help clients not only get a job, but also gain financial independence, pride in their work, and belief in their ability to transform their lives.  As our Senior […]

Meet the Staff – Jamara Stephens

Meet our Ready4Release Case Manager – Jamara Stephens. Jamara joined the Operation New Hope team in 2019 after working in mental health services. Her mother’s work with this population at the Tallahassee Police Department inspired her to earn her degree in criminal justice and dedicate her career in support of second chances. Working in collaboration […]

Second Chance Supporter – Mayo Clinic

As we continue our celebration of Second Chance Month, we are pleased to highlight Mayo Clinic for being a Second Chance Supporter. We are so thankful for their investment in our work and for their commitment to making our community healthier and stronger. Mayo Clinic’s primary value is the needs of the patient come first. As […]

Marissa Alexander joins the Ready4Work Team

Operation New Hope welcomes Marissa Alexander as our newest Career Development Instructor for the Ready4Work program. Marissa brings with her a host of skills and lived experiences that will help our clients successfully reconnect with the workforce, their families, and the community following incarceration. Marissa shared with us how excited she is to join the […]

Second Chances – Finding a Life of Purpose

As part of our Second Chance Month celebrations, Operation New Hope is excited to announce we are growing to meet the needs of thousands who are returning from courts, jails, and prisons to our communities every month. We have developed a strategic plan to create a statewide network of reentry services throughout Florida and will […]

Second Chance Supporter – New Life Jax Recovery Services

Second Chance Month, observed in April, is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, and unlock second-chance opportunities for people who have completed their sentences to become contributing citizens. In celebration of Second Chance Month, our goal is to highlight community partners who support our mission by helping […]

Second Chance Supporter – The Boeing Company

In honor of Second Chance Month, Operation New Hope is thrilled to spotlight The Boeing Company for being a Second Chance Supporter. We are so thankful for Boeing’s $50,000 investment in our mission to provide support and training to people impacted by the criminal justice system to help break the cycle of incarceration and poverty. Through […]

Operation New Hope Announces Ready4Work Central Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2022 Operation New Hope Announces Ready4Work Central Florida Jacksonville, Florida – In celebration of Second Chance Month, Operation New Hope is excited to announce that we will be opening a new office in Orlando this summer to meet the needs of thousands in Central Florida who have been impacted by […]

Second Chance Supporter – Florida Capital Bank

April is Second Chance Month, a time when we celebrate those in our community who are committed to helping people make the most of their second chances following incarceration. This month, we are proud to spotlight Florida Capital Bank for their support of second chances. Florida Capital Bank has generously committed to being the title […]