Voices of Hope – Terrance Platts

After serving a 20-year sentence for attempted robbery with a firearm, possession of cocaine, and aggravated battery, Terrance Platts came to Operation New Hope through enrollment in the post-release Ready4Work® program. However, Terrance’s transition to the outside world was not easy. Modern advances such as computers, flash drives, tablets, and search engines were foreign to him. He found it difficult …

A Will Productions publishes Nelson Mandela International Day Jax mini documentary

Jacksonville, Fl August 9, 2019 Independent filmmaker, Armartes Williams, owner of A Will Productions released a mini documentary featuring highlights of several events in Jacksonville and St Augustine, Florida held in honor of the historic visit of Dr Makaziwe Mandela and her daughter, Tukwini Mandela. The video includes the eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela’s tour of Operation New Hope and …

Dr. Mandela visits Operation New Hope

While Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela, and her daughter Tukwini were visiting Jacksonville for the 1st Nelson Mandela International Day Jacksonville, they stopped by Operation New Hope to learn more about the organization. The tour made stops in every department where the Mandelas learned about our four-pronged approach (case management, supportive services, job training and job placement …

Welcome to Reggie Fullwood – Ready4Work Program Director

Reggie Fullwood, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, has joined our team as the Program Director for Operation New Hope’s nationally recognized Ready4Work Initiative.  Reggie brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having served in various leadership roles in the public, private and not for profit sectors. His leadership experience includes executive roles at Metro North Community Development Corp, …

Ready4Work Graduate Reclaims Right to Vote

Being an American citizen is very important to Franwartha Barnes and last Tuesday, she demonstrated that by reclaiming her right to vote. When Franwartha, a recent Ready4Work graduate, first learned about the initiative to restore the voting rights of former felons in Florida, she felt hopeful that Amendment 4 would pass. “I understood why my voting rights had been taken …

Farewell to Joel Dinkins

It is never easy to say goodbye, especially to a team member that has commanded as much respect and admiration as Joel Dinkins. However, the time has come for Joel to move on from Operation New Hope and begin a new chapter, sharing his many talents with others. Joel began his career as a gunner’s mate in the US Navy …