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 […]

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 […]

ONH Joins Rand Corporation’s Town Hall Meeting

On September 20, 2022, Operation New Hope’s Chief Communications Officer Amanda Mahan joined the Rand Corporation’s Town Hall Meeting to discuss how training and support increases returning citizens chances at successfully securing living wage work after incarceration. Watch the full discussion below. Share this post Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Read More…

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 […]

Voices of Hope – Aaron H.

“I moved out when I was 16 years old, and I got caught with armed burglary charges. I was sent to a youthful offender camp and was released in 1999. I stayed out of trouble until 2009 when I got into opiates. I was doing stupid stuff like selling pills and ending up getting caught […]

Voices of Hope – Chassidy P.

“Growing up in Tennessee, I had a good family and didn’t know struggle. But when I was a young teenager, my dad got locked up and my mom got diagnosed with breast cancer. It all started to go downhill from there. We moved to Florida so my mom could get help from family to raise […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month. At Operation New Hope, we focus on the mental health of our clients every day, but we take this month to focus on prevention, stigma reduction, and mental health advocacy. We hope you’ll join us.  Each client enrolled in our Ready4Work reentry program is […]

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 – Ken McCoy

https://youtu.be/bVpvmef9fGs Meet our Ready4Work Case Manager – Ken McCoy  Ken is dedicated to making sure each client gets through our Ready4Work program and supports them for a full year after graduation as a Case Manager. Our Case Managers are responsible for developing an individualized plan of care, performing risk assessments, making goal-setting strategies, and providing any other supportive […]

Meet the Staff- Saige White

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk-wKoDIAWQ Meet our Ready4Work Case Manager – Saige White.  Saige helps her “peoples” with anything and everything to assist them in their journey after incarceration. Our Case Managers develop a comprehensive individualized plan of care that directly addresses a client’s needs and goals as they work on rebuilding their lives. Case managers, job coaches, and mental […]

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- Brian Hargrove

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt31mLrogaA Meet our Senior Job Coach – Brian Hargrove Operation New Hope prides itself on focusing on a person’s  potential rather than their criminal past. Our job coaches help clients not only get a job, but also gain financial independence, pride in their work, and belief in their ability to transform their lives.  As our Senior […]

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 […]