Second Chance Supporters – UNF Marketing Students

Students share jingle they made for Operation New Hope A wonderful finale to Second Chance Month, University of North Florida (UNF) students created clever marketing campaigns to promote the mission of Operation New Hope. Students from Dr. Courtney Azzari’s Consumer Behavior course were assigned a case study group project focused on the target markets of […]

Meet the Staff – Ronnie Cage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAPY6K2nOSA&list=PLP7OC77v2jekmVs6sLlePcZDnerU3FbTO&index=1 Meet our Ready4Release Program Manager – Ronnie Cage. Ronnie has been with Operation New Hope since 2014. His dedicated Ready4Release team works with 30 facilities in Florida to target qualified inmates and present Ready4Work program details. Our experienced Case Managers enroll interested clients and build an individualized release plan to facilitate a smooth transition back into […]

Meet the Staff – Chris Simmons and Emilee Beard

Meet our Intake Specialists – Chris Simmons and Emilee Beard As Chris puts it, our Intake Specialists are the gateway to Operation New Hope! Chris and Emilee work with each applicant to assist with recruitment, eligibility, and onboarding. Intake is the first step for our client’s journey toward their Second Chance. We thank them for […]

Meet the Staff – Jamara Stephens

Meet our Ready4Release Case Manager – Jamara Stephens. Jamara joined the Operation New Hope team in 2019 after working in mental health services. Her mother’s work with this population at the Tallahassee Police Department inspired her to earn her degree in criminal justice and dedicate her career in support of second chances. Working in collaboration […]

Marissa Alexander joins the Ready4Work Team

Operation New Hope welcomes Marissa Alexander as our newest Career Development Instructor for the Ready4Work program. Marissa brings with her a host of skills and lived experiences that will help our clients successfully reconnect with the workforce, their families, and the community following incarceration. Marissa shared with us how excited she is to join the […]

Second Chance Supporter – New Life Jax Recovery Services

Second Chance Month, observed in April, 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. In celebration of Second Chance Month, our goal is to highlight community partners who support our mission by helping […]

Second Chance Supporter – The Boeing Company

In honor of Second Chance Month, Operation New Hope is thrilled to spotlight The Boeing Company for being a Second Chance Supporter. We are so thankful for Boeing’s $50,000 investment in our mission to provide support and training to people impacted by the criminal justice system to help break the cycle of incarceration and poverty. Through […]

Operation New Hope Announces Ready4Work Central Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2022 Operation New Hope Announces Ready4Work Central Florida 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 […]

Second Chance Supporter – Florida Capital Bank

April is Second Chance Month, a time when we celebrate those in our community who are committed to helping people make the most of their second chances following incarceration. This month, we are proud to spotlight Florida Capital Bank for their support of second chances. Florida Capital Bank has generously committed to being the title […]

Second Chance Supporter – Miller Electric

As we continue our celebration of Second Chance Month this April, we are happy to spotlight Miller Electric Company as one of our Second Chance Supporters. The company has not only been a valued employment partner since 2012, but Miller Electric is generous financial supporter of Operation New Hope as well.  Miller Electric is committed to helping people […]

Voices of Hope – Robert B.

“I was a medically retired combat veteran working as a supply and logistics manager when I got into trouble. I knew better, but I broke the law trying to help my sick mother, and I was sentenced to prison. I had no idea how badly a felony conviction would affect my future. The harsh truth […]

Voices of Hope – Ricky B.

“I was in prison for 12-13 years, wrongly accused of something I didn’t do, and I had no intention of doing the right thing when I got out. I figured I would just go right back, because there wasn’t anything for me on the outside anyway. But then I met the guys from Operation New […]

Voices of Hope – Matt C.

Matt is building a new life for himself and his family. “Before coming to Operation New Hope, I was homeless, unemployed, and addicted to drugs. I knew I needed help, but I wasn’t sure where to turn. My daughter’s mom Kate enrolled in the Ready4Work program and told me it was helping her change her […]

Voices of Hope – Shawn A.

“Before Operation New Hope, I was hopeless. I started drinking and drugging when I was 12, and by 17, I had done everything I swore I would never do. I entered a vicious cycle of incarceration. By the time I was 19, I got put in the Matrix and thought as long as I didn’t […]

Celebrating 35 Years of Service

After 35 years of collective service to Operation New Hope and our community, we extend our deepest thanks to both Cynthia Dean and Desiree Foster and wish them well as they transition to retirement. Their generous giving and willingness to give hope and opportunities to others has changed not only our organization, but our community […]

UNF Marketing Students Learn Importance of Second Chances

Above image – Project by Amelie Stelzer, Amin Kisrane & Brandon Peralta Marketing students from the University of North Florida (UNF) prove they believe Second Chances Matter during a recent class project supporting Operation New Hope. Dr. Courtney Azzari, Assistant Professor of Marketing from the Coggin College of Business at UNF, developed the partnership as a unique […]