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To meet the critical needs of the thousands of people who return home every month from Florida’s jails and prisons, we have created a strategic plan that expands our programs with additional locations to create a statewide reentry network. We are excited to open our newest office in Orlando in August 2022 to deliver our nationally-recognized Ready4Work reentry program and provide holistic solutions for returning citizens including training, housing, transportation, and mental health services.
Our new office is located at 617 North Magnolia Avenue, 2nd Floor, Orlando, Florida 32801 in the heart of downtown and easily accessible by bus. We have completed minor renovations including new flooring, a fresh coat of paint, and a Career Development classroom build-out, and plan to begin enrolling Ready4Work clients before the end of the month. In partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections, our Ready4Release team will begin providing pre-release services at facilities throughout Central Florida in addition to those already served across the northern part of the state.
We are so excited by our new Orlando team led by our Regional Director Carlos Irizarry. He is being joined by several of our experienced home office staff, along with several Orlando locals, to build a team of caring reentry professionals. Check out the whole team at our Staff team page.
Implementing a comprehensive 4-pronged approach (case management, supportive services, job training, and job placement assistance), Ready4Work is a year-long program focused on long-term participant success. The program creates opportunities for people with a criminal history to become productive, responsible citizens saving taxpayers millions of dollars by avoiding repeated high costs of incarceration, dramatically improving public safety and reuniting families. The Ready4Work program is now delivered in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Tampa, and Orlando, Florida.
“To serve more justice-involved individuals and address the statewide workforce shortage, we are opening our Orlando office this month to prepare more people for high demand careers,” stated Operation New Hope President and CEO Reggie Fullwood. “The Orlando community has been so welcoming, and we are excited to make more connections in the Central Florida region. Additionally, we are investing more in virtual tools and technology upgrades and are building stronger partnerships with the business community, law enforcement, corrections, and other nonprofits.”
If you or someone you know needs our reentry services in Central Florida, please send them our way.