Helping Fathers Become Better Dads While Incarcerated

This Second Chance Month, we are celebrating two groups of incarcerated fathers who are working hard to gain the necessary parenting skills needed to make the most of their second chances once released. Check out the most recent graduates of the InsideOut Dad’s classes that our team is delivering at Lake City Correctional and Lawtey […]

Voices of Hope Update – Rachel

In celebration of our 25th anniversary and Second Chance Month, we are commemorating our legacy of transformative impact on the people and communities we serve. We reached out to some of our former clients to see how they are doing now. Years after returning home, they are still applying what they have learned during their […]

Voices of Hope Update – Charlotte

Founded in March 1999, Operation New Hope is celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, commemorating our legacy of transformative impact on the people and communities we serve. To mark this momentous occasion, we reached out to some of our former clients to see how they are doing now. Years after returning home, they are still […]

We love our team at Operation New Hope!

We have a great team at Operation New Hope, and it’s so fun to spotlight our outstanding performers. Every year at our annual holiday party, we celebrate our team’s achievements and take time to highlight those who go above and beyond in support of our clients and our organization’s success. As we expand to build […]

Orlando Showed Up to Race in Support of Hope

The Hope Starts Here 5k in Orlando was a great success! Participants and sponsors enjoyed a beautiful morning by Baldwin Lake while supporting efforts to reconnect people to the workforce, their families, and our communities after involvement with the criminal justice system. Thanks to everyone who came out to race in support of Second Chances […]

Voices of Hope – Willie T.

“Before Operation New Hope, I was homeless and going to various programs and community resource centers to get shoes, clothing and meals. I really wasn’t in a good place, but I have always tried to lived by the philosophy that life is neither good nor bad, it’s what you make of it. So I was […]

Ready4Work Orlando Celebrates First Year

To meet the critical needs of the thousands of people who return home to Central Florida every month from jail and prison, Operation New Hope opened a new program location in Orlando in September 2022 as part of our Statewide Reentry Network. After our first year of delivering our nationally-recognized Ready4Work reentry program and providing […]

Ready4Release Team Making an Impact

Our Ready4Release team is making an impact in our communities and being recognized for their efforts! We are so proud to highlight two of their recent recognitions: Ronnie Cage our Ready4Release Program Manager was awarded Volunteer of the Month July 2023 by the Lawtey Correctional Institution. Ronnie has been facilitating the InsideOut Dads program to […]

Congressman Rutherford Thanks Community for Support of Second Chances

Congressman Rutherford and Susan King of Feeding Northeast Florida Rev. Beth Tjoflat of St. Mary’s and Crystal Chisholm Members from nonprofit and faith communities gathered for Community Breakfast Operation New Hope’s Reggie Fullwood thanking Congressman Rutherford for being a Second Chance Supporter Congressman John Rutherford returned home to Jacksonville to speak on the importance of […]

Voices of Hope – David P.

“I’m originally from Bradenton, Florida and started using drugs because it was the only escape route I knew. If I couldn’t get it, I’d find a way to take it. The day I went to jail, I lost everything. I hurt the person I cared about the most and that hurt me. It broke my […]

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 […]

Voices of Hope – Matthew J.

“I’m from a good family with parents who love me and provided well for me. I was a good kid playing high school football and planning to play in college like my brothers. But, I was too concerned with trying to make everyone happy and didn’t know how to say no, so I got involved […]

Second Chance Supporters – C Robinson Associates

The idiom “it takes a village” means many people must cooperate to achieve a goal. We certainly know that to be true here at Operation New Hope, and we are so thankful to the support from many in our village! Today we extend our sincere thanks to C Robinson Associates for their generous donation of Welcome […]

Ready4Work Now Available in St. Johns County’s Jail

Operation New Hope is pleased to announce that we will now be offering our nationally-recognized Ready4Work reentry training and support program to people prior to release from the St. Johns County Jail. This new and exciting partnership with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is made possible because of a generous ARPA grant from the United […]

Voices of Hope – Andrew L.

“I had a great job with a good company doing Department of Defense contracting for the Navy, but my kids’ mom was struggling with addiction making it impossible for me to be deployed for 2-3 months at a time. I came home and things went from bad to worse. I got myself into trouble and […]