Reggie Fullwood Receives NFL Inspire Change Changemaker Award

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced its 2023 Inspire Change Changemaker Award recipient – Operation New Hope’s President & CEO Reggie Fullwood. “The Jaguars are honored to recognize Reggie Fullwood this year as our recipient of the NFL’s Inspire Change Changemaker Award,” said T-Neisha Tate, Jaguars Vice President of Social Responsibility. “The impactful work Reggie is leading […]

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 […]

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 – 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 – Sontag Foundation

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Sontag Foundation hosted a celebration last night to highlight the various grant programs that they have supported over the years with over $10 million invested in our community. Operation New Hope was honored to be among the grant recipients.  Our team  extends our most sincere thanks to the […]

Beaches Rotaract Charity Event – A Great Success!

https://youtu.be/Zqo1xq6e8gg The Beaches Rotaract’s annual charity event was a huge success raising over $26,000 in support of Operation New Hope’s life-changing programs! Thanks so much to all the generous event sponsors and everyone who came out to the Alhambra Dinner Theater in support of our mission. Event attendees enjoyed an evening fun socializing, great silent […]

Second Chance Supporters – Honey Pot Bike Collective

Operation New Hope extends our sincere thanks to our newest Second Chance Supporters at the Honey Pot Bike Collective.  Garfield Cooper (pictured at ZenCog Bicycle Company in Riverside) and the Honey Pot Bike Collective just donated 7 bikes to our Ready4Work clients. At Operation New Hope, we provide support and training to people who have been […]

Second Chance Supporters – C Robinson Associates

The idiom “it takes a village” means many people must cooperate to achieve a goal. We certainly know that to be true here at Operation New Hope, and we are so thankful to the support from many in our village! Today we extend our sincere thanks to C Robinson Associates for their generous donation of Welcome […]

Mayo Clinic Donates Laptops in Support of Second Chances

This holiday season, Operation New Hope received a wonderful gift of technology to support our mission to reconnect justice-affected people to the workforce, their families, and the community. We are so thankful to the Mayo Clinic and Mark St. George for their generous donation of 10 newly refurbished laptop computers. Mark told us that he […]

Meet James Lee – Operation New Hope’s New CFO

We are thrilled to announce that James Lee has joined the Operation New Hope team as our new Chief Financial Officer. A high energy, results-oriented professional with over 20+ years’ experience, James possesses extensive skills in the financial industry and has a proven record of creating processes leading teams to create a financially sound organization. Recognized […]

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 – 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 […]

Mulligans for Hope 2022 Exceeds Expectations

Operation New Hope’s 2nd annual Mulligans for Hope Golf Tournament was a huge success! Over 100 golfers and volunteers enjoyed a beautiful day at Atlantic Beach Country Club while raising funds in support of second chances. We are thrilled to report that we raised over $128,000 during this year’s tournament to provide workforce training, mental […]

Second Chance Supporters – Open Road Bicycles

Open Road Bicycles in San Marco spearheaded an effort to donate bikes for Operation New Hope’s Ready4Work clients. When the owner of the bike shop located in the Miramar shopping center, Scott Gross, heard about the need for transportation so that the nonprofit’s clients could get to work after incarceration, he networked with the other […]

Jacksonville City Council Honors Kevin Gay

On September 27, 2022, the Jacksonville City Council honored Kevin Gay with a resolution nominating and commencing his work as CEO and Founder of Operation New Hope. Kevin founded the nonprofit 23 years ago to address the problems facing Jacksonville’s Historic Springfield neighborhood – poverty, crime, homelessness, disrepair, and drug addiction – and the organization […]