The Importance of Second Chances: On Stage at The 5 & Dime

The set of Clyde’s Tanaine Jenkins and Amanda Mahan at The 5 & Dime Theater ONH at The 5 & Dime Ever wonder how hard it is to get and keep a job after prison? Well wonder no more because the talented cast of Clyde’s at The 5 & Dime Theater does a great job showing […]

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 […]

Building Confidence, One Knot at a Time: A Tie-Tying Event for Our Clients

Transitioning from incarceration back into society can be a daunting journey for many individuals. The challenges of finding employment and rebuilding one’s life can feel overwhelming, especially with all the barriers people face. For individuals with a criminal background, the stigma associated with their past can make it even more challenging to secure employment. However, with […]

Voices of Hope – Fletcher

Read More Voices of Hope “Before Operation New Hope, I had a great job. I was bringing home over $2,000 per week, but I was always broke because of my $1,500 a week drug habit. I had a home, but I spent more time sleeping in my car. I was eventually arrested and spent a […]

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 […]

Voices of Hope – Jarvis G.

“I had no idea how much the criminal justice system would impact my life. After serving 2 years in prison, the only job I could get was washing dishes. I was trying to provide for my wife and kids but having a hard time making ends meet. It was a really low point in my […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Association of Reentry Professionals Honors ONH

During our first Ready4Work graduation ceremony of 2023, the National Association of Reentry Professionals presented the Johnny & Julia Pace Award to our team, highlighting our work in the field of reentry. Every year, the National Associate of Reentry Professionals recognizes the work of four organizations across the country for providing excellent services bridging returning […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]