Second Chance Supporters – C Robinson Associates

The idiom “it takes a village” means many people must cooperate to achieve a goal. We certainly know that to be true here at Operation New Hope, and we are so thankful to the support from many in our village! Today we extend our sincere thanks to C Robinson Associates for their generous donation of Welcome […]

Ready4Work clients use art therapy to practice letting go

Here at Operation New Hope, one of the activities that our Ready4Work clients partake in is art therapy. Implementing art therapy sessions as part of our Ready4Work program helps us achieve our goals of improved mental health and reduced recidivism for people impacted by the criminal justice system. Studies show that arts education can help […]

Ready4Work Now Available in St. Johns County’s Jail

Operation New Hope is pleased to announce that we will now be offering our nationally-recognized Ready4Work reentry training and support program to people prior to release from the St. Johns County Jail. 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 […]

National Association of Reentry Professionals Honors ONH

During our first Ready4Work graduation ceremony of 2023, the National Association of Reentry Professionals presented the Johnny & Julia Pace Award to our team, highlighting our work in the field of reentry. Every year, the National Associate of Reentry Professionals recognizes the work of four organizations across the country for providing excellent services bridging returning […]

Mayo Clinic Donates Laptops in Support of Second Chances

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 […]

Second Chance Supporters – Beaches Rotaract

Operation New Hope extends our sincere thanks to the members of Beaches Rotaract for joining the growing list of Second Chance Supporters who believe we are all better than our worst day, worst decision, or worst mistake. Beaches Rotaract hosts an annual charity fundraiser and will donate proceeds from this year’s event to support our […]

Meet James Lee – Operation New Hope’s New CFO

We are thrilled to announce that James Lee has joined the Operation New Hope team as our new Chief Financial Officer. A high energy, results-oriented professional with over 20+ years’ experience, James possesses extensive skills in the financial industry and has a proven record of creating processes leading teams to create a financially sound organization. Recognized […]

Second Chance Supporter – UPS

We would like to extend a big thank you to The UPS Foundation for their $25,000 grant in support of our  workforce development training. This generous funding will be used towards our Ready4Work Vocational Training program to provide work attire, transportation assistance, and job skills training to formerly incarcerated individuals in Jacksonville, Florida.  The primary […]

NFCAA Provides $100,000 Grant to ONH to Help More People Affected by the Justice System

Operation New Hope extends our most sincere thanks to Northeast Florida Community Action Agency for their significant donation in support of our mission. The $100,000 check presentation was made at our weekly Ready4Work client graduation on Friday, November 18, 2022, at noon. “We are dedicated to establishing mutually beneficial partnerships that connect families to available […]

Ready4Work Clients Giving Thanks

During this season of thanksgiving, our Ready4Work clients focused on the benefits of gratitude during this week’s art therapy session. In the group session, participants looked at research that shows how giving thanks increases happiness and reduces depression.  The group also discussed how grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even […]

Voices of Hope – Andrew L.

“I had a great job with a good company doing Department of Defense contracting for the Navy, but my kids’ mom was struggling with addiction making it impossible for me to be deployed for 2-3 months at a time. I came home and things went from bad to worse. I got myself into trouble and […]

Team ONH Celebrates National Night Out Orlando

As the new neighbors in town, Operation New Hope was pleased to participate in Orlando’s National Night Out (NNO) event on November 1, 2022. NNO is America’s night to give crime and drugs a going away party. The tradition began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and  […]

Voices of Hope – Fazil L.

“When I was 13 years old, my mom was murdered in front of me. After that I was forced to take care of my brothers and sisters, and it felt like it was just me against the world. Hurt people hurt people, so I ended up spending 25 years in prison from the age of […]

Mulligans for Hope 2022 Exceeds Expectations

Operation New Hope’s 2nd annual Mulligans for Hope Golf Tournament was a huge success! Over 100 golfers and volunteers enjoyed a beautiful day at Atlantic Beach Country Club while raising funds in support of second chances. We are thrilled to report that we raised over $128,000 during this year’s tournament to provide workforce training, mental […]

Central Florida Ribbon Cutting Success

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Sheriff John Mina joined Operation New Hope on October 7, 2022 to celebrate the opening of our newest program location. The Ribbon Cutting and Ready4Work Graduation event was a packed house with over 100 community supporters in attendance.  “With over 20 years experience in providing job readiness training […]

Opening Ready4Work Orlando

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 […]