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 […]

Meet the Staff -Jeff Kauttu

Meet our Ready4Work Job Coach – Jeff Kauttu Jeff Kauttu joined the ONH team a little over a month ago. He has dedicated over 40 years to volunteering in jails and prisons. Jeff is very open about being an alcoholic, and has been sober for 29 years! He currently holds AA meetings and drug court […]

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 – 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Second Chance Supporters!

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 […]

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 – Nadieal A.

“I saw my father shoot and kill my mother when I was 8 years old. She died in my arms. I ended up pregnant at 16 and had a baby and was arrested at 17. I was sentenced to life in prison before becoming an adult. Certain experiences mark and change you for life.” “Prison […]