United Way’s $9 million investment to improve economic mobility in Northeast Florida benefits Operation New Hope

United Way of Northeast Florida announced a $9 million investment to improve economic mobility throughout the region. The funds, distributed over a period of two years, will support 37 community-based programs that address critical challenges including food access, housing stability, education attainment and workforce development. Collectively, these programs will serve more than 210,000 residents of […]

Meet Sytisha Claycomb – Operation New Hope’s New COO

We are thrilled to announce that Sytisha Claycomb has joined the Operation New Hope team as our new Chief Operating Office. With more than ten years of experience leading and managing multifaceted organizations focused on young adults and marginalized populations, Sytisha will oversee operations of our expanding statewide reentry network. She is a highly motivated […]

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 […]

Voices of Hope – Chassidy P.

“Growing up in Tennessee, I had a good family and didn’t know struggle. But when I was a young teenager, my dad got locked up and my mom got diagnosed with breast cancer. It all started to go downhill from there. We moved to Florida so my mom could get help from family to raise […]

Hope Starts Here 5k = Great Event!

On a beautiful May morning, runners and walkers of all ages gathered in historic Springfield to race for HOPE. Operation New Hope was thrilled to welcome over 350 participants to our inaugural Hope Starts Here 5k on May 21, 2022. After a competitive 1-mile Fun Run and 5k event, participants recharged with Breakfast and Brews […]

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 […]

Second Chance Supporters – UNF Marketing Students

Students share jingle they made for Operation New Hope A wonderful finale to Second Chance Month, University of North Florida (UNF) students created clever marketing campaigns to promote the mission of Operation New Hope. Students from Dr. Courtney Azzari’s Consumer Behavior course were assigned a case study group project focused on the target markets of […]

Meet the Staff – Jamara Stephens

Meet our Ready4Release Case Manager – Jamara Stephens. Jamara joined the Operation New Hope team in 2019 after working in mental health services. Her mother’s work with this population at the Tallahassee Police Department inspired her to earn her degree in criminal justice and dedicate her career in support of second chances. Working in collaboration […]

Marissa Alexander joins the Ready4Work Team

Operation New Hope welcomes Marissa Alexander as our newest Career Development Instructor for the Ready4Work program. Marissa brings with her a host of skills and lived experiences that will help our clients successfully reconnect with the workforce, their families, and the community following incarceration. Marissa shared with us how excited she is to join the […]

Second Chance Supporter – Florida Capital Bank

April is Second Chance Month, a time when we celebrate those in our community who are committed to helping people make the most of their second chances following incarceration. This month, we are proud to spotlight Florida Capital Bank for their support of second chances. Florida Capital Bank has generously committed to being the title […]

Second Chance Supporter – Miller Electric

As we continue our celebration of Second Chance Month this April, we are happy to spotlight Miller Electric Company as one of our Second Chance Supporters. The company has not only been a valued employment partner since 2012, but Miller Electric is generous financial supporter of Operation New Hope as well.  Miller Electric is committed to helping people […]

Giving Dads a Second Chance

In anticipation of Second Chance Month, we are pleased to celebrate the dads at Lawtey Correctional Institution who are working hard to make the most of their second chances by learning how to be better fathers. Operation New Hope’s Ready4Release Manager Ronnie Cage was onsite at the prison to celebrate the men who successfully completed […]

Partnering with Yoga 4 Change to Support Second Chances

“In Yoga, we learn that every day, moment, and breath is an opportunity to begin again. Teaching at Operation New Hope lets me share that message and remind each participant that the journey isn’t over,” shared Sammie Torres. Sammie is one of the Yoga 4 Change instructors who leads weekly yoga classes for Ready4Work participants […]

Voices of Hope – Robert B.

“I was a medically retired combat veteran working as a supply and logistics manager when I got into trouble. I knew better, but I broke the law trying to help my sick mother, and I was sentenced to prison. I had no idea how badly a felony conviction would affect my future. The harsh truth […]

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 […]