The year 2020 certainly has proven to be challenging for everyone, but the team at Operation New Hope is rising to meet the moment because of the generous support of our committed donors. We are so grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for their most recent $50,000 grant to support our COVID-19 response efforts. Bank of America is a long-time supporter of our reentry work and we thank them for their continued support during these difficult times.
“Without Operation New Hope’s services, many in our community would continue to struggle and remain below the poverty line,” said Greg Smith, Northeast Florida market president for Bank of America. “It is our hope that these funds will help transform the lives of those in need of a second chance by providing additional resources and encouragement as they reenter the workforce.”
Bank of America is taking action to provide resources and support the communities they serve. They remain focused on addressing the impact of the health and humanitarian crisis, and continue to enhance their support for partners and organizations who are working tirelessly across their local markets. To learn more about Bank of America’s commitment to communities, click here.
At Operation New Hope, we continue to help some of the most vulnerable in our community navigate reentry and overcome the multitude of barriers they face as they seek employment. The essential services we provide our clients – transitional housing, transportation, job training and placement, mental health counseling, connection to social services – are more important now than ever. Providing these resources not only helps individuals returning from prison, but also serves as an important economic need by matching qualified, vetted employees with industries in need of workers, as well as, an important community safety measure, by helping to stabilize neighborhoods and prevent further crime.
When the pandemic struck, our employees began looking for new ways to help and proved to our clients and the community that we will continue our mission. We have streamlined our Ready4Work reentry program to protect the health and safety of our staff, clients and community and have been able to serve over 80 new clients since May.
We are so very thankful to the wonderful support of Bank of America. We could not continue to do what we do without your help!