Vice President Pence, Ivanka Trump and Governor DeSantis Visit

On Friday, July 26, 2019, Vice President Pence, Ivanka Trump and Governor DeSantis visited Operation New Hope to learn about our nationally acclaimed Ready4Work program. Pence praised our reentry services stating that Ready4Work is a “model program not only in Florida but for the United States.” DeSantis stated “When you compare Operation New Hope’s recidivism rate to the State’s overall, …

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 …

FSCJ – JPA Certification Program Graduates 13 from Operation New Hope

Jacksonville, Fl (November 2, 2018) – Operation New Hope, in partnership with FSCJ, announced the graduation of 13 individuals from its Jacksonville Port Academy program on Friday. The JPA vocational training program combines classroom work with forklift instruction in a 40-hour format, designed to expedite training skills in demand for employers working in the transportation and logistics sector in North …