In the United States, one in three adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other opportunities necessary for a productive life. Even after they have completed their sentences and have been released from prison, these men and women face more than 48,000 documented legal restrictions in addition to widespread social stigma. We call this the Second Sentence.
April is Second Chance Month. So all month long, Operation New Hope is showcasing our valued Employment Partners who hire our Ready4Work graduates. We are so thankful for their support of our mission and applaud their help at ending the Second Sentence.
We are thrilled to spotlight one of our outstanding Employment Partners – Council on Aging – for being a Second Chance Supporter.
The Council on Aging has been serving St. Johns County older adults, their families, and caregivers since 1973. They operate 5 senior community centers in St. Johns County, deliver over 300 Meals on Wheels every day, offer 5 Integrative Memory Enhancement Programs and an Adult Day Care Center, provide services and companionship to elder residents and have a schedule of classes and activities that include writing, exercise, painting, yoga, book clubs, movie clubs and more.
The Council on Aging also operates a premier event venue – River House. This five-star venue offers couples and their guests gorgeous views of the Matanzas River and St. Augustine Lighthouse. Situated directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, this unique event space offers both indoor and outdoor settings for your weddings, civic milestones, and personal hallmark events.
We had the opportunity to talk with Ray Franklin, the Facilities Manager for the Council on Aging, and he explained why he believes second chances matter.
“My department is a natural fit for hiring Ready4Work clients, and when we heard about this opportunity, we jumped on it. Jeremy came to us through the Ready4Work program in St. Johns County. He has been working with us for a few months and is doing a great job. He’s motivated, capable, and hardworking. I can go hours during the day without worrying about him. He’s always busy, and extremely meticulous.” (Read Jeremy’s Voices of Hope story here.)
“We are thankful for our partnership with Operation New Hope and happy to be helping people reconnect with the community through gainful employment.”
Thank you, Council on Aging for serving the community and for being a Second Chance Supporter!
Does your company want to become a Second Chance Supporter? Contact Operation New Hope today and become one of our valued Employment Partners.