Mayo Clinic Donates Laptops in Support of Second Chances

Mark St. George, Sytisha Claycomb, Amanda Mahan, and James Lee at Operation New Hope

This holiday season, Operation New Hope received a wonderful gift of technology to support our mission to reconnect justice-affected people to the workforce, their families, and the community. We are so thankful to the Mayo Clinic and Mark St. George for their generous donation of 10 newly refurbished laptop computers. Mark told us that he recently retired from Mayo Clinic and is passionate about helping the community, so he donates his time and talents to refurbish decommissioned computers from Mayo Clinic. He and his son wiped each computer, installed new hard-drives and ensured each are fully functional and good as new. 

“We are very grateful for organizations and individuals like each of you dedicating your time and talent to community members and the important work of Operation New Hope,” said Ashley Pratt, the Director of Community Engagement at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, who connected us with this great opportunity. “We are happy to be able to provide these laptops and much kudos goes to Mark and his son for doing this work.”

To ensure our clients are prepared for the modern workforce, Operation New Hope recently added three full days of technology training to the Career Development courses offered in our Ready4Work program. These laptops will be very helpful in providing our clients the essential skills needed to be successful after involvement with the criminal justice system. With the skills learned and confidence gained from our Ready4Work program, our participants go on to become productive, self-sufficient community members and build successful careers earning living wages.

Thanks Mayo Clinic and Mark! We appreciate your support and generous donation!

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