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The St. Johns County Reentry Center is up and running, and we are thrilled to report that our partnership with the Sheriff’s Office is off to a fantastic start! Our team has been providing reentry support and training to people currently incarcerated at the St. Johns County Jail for several weeks now, and as evidenced by the smiles on the participants’ faces, it’s going great.
This new and exciting partnership with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is made possible because of a generous ARPA grant from the United Way of St. Johns County. The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners allocated over $7 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to United Way-SJC to assist local, nonprofit agencies with expansion of social services. Operation New Hope is thankful to be one of the nonprofit recipients to be awarded grant funding to deliver our Ready4Work reentry services behind the wall at the St. Augustine Jail.
Our Career, Technical and Life Skills training and individualized release plans will prepare clients on how to manage their finances, interview for jobs, develop positive relationships, and better manage their lives. This support and training will equip participants with the skills needed to be immediately successful in securing living wage employment upon release and provide support to ensure mental and financial stability.
Thanks so much to the United Way of St. Johns County and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office for your partnership and support. We also extend our sincere gratitude to those in St. Johns County who have supported our mission since we began providing reentry services in the community in March 2020. Thanks to more than 100 committed donors and stakeholders in the city of St. Augustine and throughout St. Johns County, we continue to be able to help more people reconnect to the workforce, their families, and their community after involvement with the criminal justice system. #HopeStartsHere