United Way’s $9 million investment to improve economic mobility in Northeast Florida benefits Operation New Hope

United Way of Northeast Florida announced a $9 million investment to improve economic mobility throughout the region. The funds, distributed over a period of two years, will support 37 community-based programs that address critical challenges including food access, housing stability, education attainment and workforce development. Collectively, these programs will serve more than 210,000 residents of […]

Meet Sytisha Claycomb – Operation New Hope’s New COO

We are thrilled to announce that Sytisha Claycomb has joined the Operation New Hope team as our new Chief Operating Office. With more than ten years of experience leading and managing multifaceted organizations focused on young adults and marginalized populations, Sytisha will oversee operations of our expanding statewide reentry network. She is a highly motivated […]

Thanks to Wells Fargo for Continued Support

Operation New Hope is excited to announce that Wells Fargo is continuing to support second chances with their latest grant of $25,000. Funding from Wells Fargo will be used to provide more affordable housing options to our clients. We are so thankful for this generous support of our life-changing programs that reconnect justice-involved individuals to […]

Hope Starts Here 5k = Great Event!

On a beautiful May morning, runners and walkers of all ages gathered in historic Springfield to race for HOPE. Operation New Hope was thrilled to welcome over 350 participants to our inaugural Hope Starts Here 5k on May 21, 2022. After a competitive 1-mile Fun Run and 5k event, participants recharged with Breakfast and Brews […]

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 […]

Second Chance Supporter – Mayo Clinic

As we continue our celebration of Second Chance Month, we are pleased to highlight Mayo Clinic for being a Second Chance Supporter. We are so thankful for their investment in our work and for their commitment to making our community healthier and stronger. Mayo Clinic’s primary value is the needs of the patient come first. As […]

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 Chances – Finding a Life of Purpose

As part of our Second Chance Month celebrations, Operation New Hope is excited to announce we are growing to meet the needs of thousands who are returning from courts, jails, and prisons to our communities every month. We have developed a strategic plan to create a statewide network of reentry services throughout Florida and will […]

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 – 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 […]

Giving Dads a Second Chance

In anticipation of Second Chance Month, we are pleased to celebrate the dads at Lawtey Correctional Institution who are working hard to make the most of their second chances by learning how to be better fathers. Operation New Hope’s Ready4Release Manager Ronnie Cage was onsite at the prison to celebrate the men who successfully completed […]

Voices of Hope – Tanaine J.

“If everyone in America was judged only by their worst mistake, what would that look like? Where would we be? How can people be contributing citizens if they don’t have access to jobs they are qualified to do? When no one else is willing to give people with a record an opportunity, Operation New Hope […]

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 […]