Ready4Work Orlando Celebrates First Year

To meet the critical needs of the thousands of people who return home to Central Florida every month from jail and prison, Operation New Hope opened a new program location in Orlando in September 2022 as part of our Statewide Reentry Network. After our first year of delivering our nationally-recognized Ready4Work reentry program and providing […]

Voices of Hope – Candace C.

“I’m a 38 year-old mother of 8 children who was never a heavy drug user until my husband and I separated after 22 years of marriage. I felt so scared and alone and threw myself into drugs and sex, but it didn’t get me anywhere except arrested for drug possession with intent to sell and […]

Congressman Rutherford Thanks Community for Support of Second Chances

Congressman Rutherford and Susan King of Feeding Northeast Florida Rev. Beth Tjoflat of St. Mary’s and Crystal Chisholm Members from nonprofit and faith communities gathered for Community Breakfast Operation New Hope’s Reggie Fullwood thanking Congressman Rutherford for being a Second Chance Supporter Congressman John Rutherford returned home to Jacksonville to speak on the importance of […]

Second Chance Support – Bombas

Operation New Hope is so thankful to Bombas for their generous donation to help ensure our clients have clean socks to wear this winter. Many of our clients return home with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. So having new, clean clothing essentials is so important to being successful in finding a job […]

Voices of Hope – David P.

“I’m originally from Bradenton, Florida and started using drugs because it was the only escape route I knew. If I couldn’t get it, I’d find a way to take it. The day I went to jail, I lost everything. I hurt the person I cared about the most and that hurt me. It broke my […]

Voices of Hope – Asia V.

“Before Operation New Hope, I was drug addicted, living on the streets, in an abusive relationship, and involved in human trafficking. My environment and the risks I was taking were very dangerous. I heard about the Ready4Work program when I was in jail in 2019, and it sounded like a great starting point from which […]

Expanding Reentry Services to the Space Coast

Operation New Hope is excited to announce that we are opening our newest program location –  READY4WORK Space Coast – in August 2023.   After our successful expansion to Orlando last year, Operation New Hope received a significant increase in State funding to support our continued efforts to build a Statewide Reentry Network with goal of helping the […]

Kaley Vontz Promoted to Community Engagement Manager

Operation New Hope is pleased to announce that Kaley Vontz has been promoted to Community Engagement Manager. In this new role, Kaley will be responsible for increasing awareness of our mission and cultivating relationships to encourage support, partnerships, and engagement.  Kaley is a Jacksonville native who grew up at the beach and graduated from Episcopal […]

Voices of Hope – Fletcher

Read More Voices of Hope “Before Operation New Hope, I had a great job. I was bringing home over $2,000 per week, but I was always broke because of my $1,500 a week drug habit. I had a home, but I spent more time sleeping in my car. I was eventually arrested and spent a […]

Giving the Gift of Hope – Bank of America

Operation New Hope extends our sincere thanks to Bank of America for their most recent funding in support of our mission. Their $10,000 grant will help us continue to provide workforce training, mental health services and job placement for people affected by the criminal justice system. The comprehensive transitional services we provide helps to improve […]

CFO James Lee Completes Jim Moran Nonprofit Executive Program

Operation New Hope’s Chief Financial Officer James Lee recently completed the Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship Nonprofit Executive Program. Focused on growth, leadership expertise, and financial success, the Nonprofit Executive Program examines business fundamentals, strategies, and best practices.  The mission of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship is to cultivate, train and inspire […]

Florida Capital Bank Donates Welcome Home Hygiene Kits

Every week at Operation New Hope, we welcome people back from jail or prison with nothing more than the shirts on their backs. That’s why we are so thankful to our good friends at Florida Capital Bank for their generous donation of hygiene products that will help welcome our clients back to the community. These […]

Voices of Hope – Janice W.

“I had a great career working as a train engineer for Conrail before a horseback riding accident left me disabled in 1998. My injury led me down a path to addiction, and a series of bad choices led to my arrest in 2015, followed by an 8 1/2 year prison sentence. I didn’t know where […]

Second Chance Supporter – FINFROCK

Every season, bowling teams from different companies in Central Florida compete against each other to win the ultimate goal – first place winners get to present the funds raised from the league participants to the nonprofit of their choice. We are so thankful that the good people over at FINFROCK won this year’s bowling tournament […]

Voices of Hope – Teresa G.

“I was born to addicts and came from a very broken, abusive home. I didn’t have hope. By the time I was 25, I had 4 kids. I had periods of sobriety, but struggled with my own addiction. My choices landed me in prison by the age of 28, and I was faced with a […]

Ready4Work Graduates from St. Johns County Reentry Center

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 […]