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March 31, 2022
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 the criminal justice system. The new office will be home to our nationally recognized Ready4Work reentry program, which offers holistic solutions for returning citizens that include training, housing, transportation, and mental health services.
“With over 20 years’ experience in providing job readiness training and reentry services in Northeast Florida, we are excited to expand out work to the greater Orlando area,” said Operation New Hope’s Founder and CEO Kevin Gay. “We have helped over 8,000 clients reconnect to the workforce, their families, and the community, and we are committed to creating a statewide network of reentry services throughout Florida.”
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 currently delivered in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Tampa, Florida.
“To address the current workforce shortage, we are opening an office in Orlando this summer to prepare more returning citizens for high demand careers,” added Operation New Hope President Reggie Fullwood. “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. We are excited to share this important announcement as our kickoff to Second Chance Month.”
Second Chance Month, observed in the United States during April since 2017, 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. Click here to read President Biden’s Proclamation on Second Chance Month.
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Operation New Hope’s Ready4Release, Ready4Work, and Ready4Success programs create 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. We build stronger communities by creating opportunities through strategic partnerships with local businesses, community-based organizations, workforce alliances, educational institutions, and the judicial system. To learn more, please visit www.operationnewhope.org.
Amanda Mahan, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications