“Since graduating from the Ready4Work program in 2010, my life has changed so much. I have gone on to work as a caterer at a high volume hotel in Miami Beach, and I was a contestant on two Food Network competitions. I’ve recently been building my own catering business – Cake Dreams of Miami. My goal is to grow my catering business into a full brand, and ultimately, I would love to have a kitchen that is run entirely by formerly incarcerated individuals. I want to give back to society the way Operation New Hope gave to me.”
“My sick deluded thinking kept me from being able to see this version of myself. I got tired of that incomprehensible demoralization and hopelessness. Thanks to Operation New Hope, my mission now is to show others hope and I love it!”
“I worried that because of my prior arrest I would never amount to anything and I would never achieve my goal of becoming a nurse. But everyone at Operation New Hope has been so great and helped me realize that’s not the case.”
“My main goal now is to continue getting my life back in order. I’m working two jobs to save money to get my license back and get my own place. Once I achieve that, I want to start looking for a career with good benefits.”
“I had 3 months left on my parole when I was arrested for a minor violation. I was sent back to prison to serve out the remainder of my parole term, and I was released in the middle of a pandemic with only a bus ticket. I went back to the same pre-prison lifestyle – using drugs and prostituting in …
“When you get out of prison with only $50 in your pocket, it’s hard to find hope. But coming to Operation New Hope was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.”
The year 2020 certainly has proven to be challenging for everyone, but the team at Operation New Hope is rising to meet the moment because of the generous support of our committed donors. We are so grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for their most recent $50,000 grant to support our COVID-19 response efforts. Bank of America is …
Despite the many challenges associated with the pandemic and current social unrest, we remain full of hope.
“Drugs and doing stuff to get drugs sent me to prison. I started using when I was 13 and I went to prison 8 times. Every time I got out, it was the same thing. I’d spend 2 years in and then spend 6 months out. And when I got sentenced to 10 years the last time, I said ‘Lord, …
Richard Smith shares how Operation New Hope’s Ready4Work reentry program helped set him on the path to success back in 2008.