Voices of Hope – Kate H.

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Breaking the Cycle – How Kate is making a better path for herself and her daughter. “I was on drugs since I was 13 years old – everything from marijuana to coke to crack – you name it. I was able to stay […]

Great Neighbors at Strings Sports Brewery – New Client Lunches

Our neighbors at Strings Sports Brewery continue to demonstrate their support for our program through our new meal partnership that started on Thursday. Due to a new grant, Operation New Hope is now able to offer our clients a more substantial hot lunch provided by Strings. To better understand how this new hot meal impacts […]

Hope.Starts.Here. An Employee Spotlight Series

At Operation New Hope, our team is extremely passionate about the work we do every day to help our clients and to strengthen our community. Hope truly powers us to show up and do the work and fuels us to serve the people hoping to transform their lives through employment. To better understand this, we […]

Voices of Hope – Jacques D.

“After several years in prison, I got tired of being stagnant. I decided I needed to put things from my past to the side. I came to the realization that prison is a university, and I was going to make the most of that education. I started studying, reading, and learning in order to broaden […]

Voices of Hope – Johnathan N.

“After incarceration it’s very difficult to try and reenter society. When you get out of jail, try to reintegrate, and do things on your own, you get so disheartened. You get this sense of not being able to do it because it feels like the world is against you. It was even more difficult for […]

Voices of Hope – Caleb G.

“My mom and dad partied a lot when I was growing up, and I didn’t know any different. I just thought that’s how you lived. As a teenager, I started taking pills that led to harder and harder stuff, and I ended up a junkie. I was homeless and in and out of jail. I […]

Second Chance Supporter – Ashley HomeStore

For more than 20 years, Operation New Hope has been helping people with a criminal history get the support and training they need to connect with living-wage work and break the cycle of incarceration and poverty. But we are not doing this work alone. Creating opportunities to realize second chances requires support from employers who […]

Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund Supports Operation New Hope’s Response to COVID-19

Operation New Hope is honored by the tremendous community support being offered to us during these difficult times. Delores Barr Weaver, a long time supporter and advocate of our work, recently made another generous grant to support our COVID-19 response efforts. Because of this $25,000 grant, Operation New Hope can continue our mission to help […]

Voices of Hope – Aaron F.

“Drugs and doing stuff to get drugs sent me to prison. I started using when I was 13 and I went to prison 8 times. Every time I got out, it was the same thing. I’d spend 2 years in and then spend 6 months out. And when I got sentenced to 10 years the […]

Ready4Work Continues to Match Clients with Living Wage Jobs

Operation New Hope’s Employment Services Team remains hard at work and is crushing goals! Since the beginning of the year, we have placed 157 clients in living wage jobs despite the uncertain and shifting economy. Even in the midst of a pandemic, we not only exceeded our prior years’ achievements, but we have been helping […]

Voices of Hope – Michael C.

“I have responsibilities. I am helping others. I am setting new goals. It’s been such a long journey, and I never knew I’d make it this far, but now I know I’m gonna get so much father.”

Operation New Hope’s Risk Assessment Project

In an effort to better serve our clients and community, Operation New Hope has initiated a Risk Assessment Project designed to assess individual’s risk of recidivism and develop rehabilitation plans specifically tailored to address relevant risk factors. Spearheading the initiative are our Clinical Services Director Gretchen Hamm and our Strategic Expansion Director Laureen Husband. We […]

Annual Report, Ready4Work St. Johns County Reopens, and more!

Latest News – June 2020 Operation New Hope is pleased to share our 2020 Annual Report highlighting our Vision for Hope. When we began working in the community 20 years ago to address the issues of poverty, crime, homelessness, and drug addiction, we never could have imagined that our organization would evolve into the national reentry […]

How Can Ready4Work Change Your Life?

Ready4Work Graduate shares how Operation New Hope changed her life, helped her find her path, and gave her the faith needed to succeed. “I’ve gotten so much courage to go out there – like a lion! – just to go out there and do it, with the skills that I’ve learned.” – Crystal Chisholm

Voices of Hope – Anthony B.

Following a devastating personal blow in his early twenties, Anthony began drinking recklessly and was charged with a DUI. As a result, he lost his job driving as a street sweeper. Feeling lost and defeated, Anthony was referred to Operation New Hope by his probation officer and enrolled in the Ready4Work program in November 2014. […]