Second Chance Supporters – Honey Pot Bike Collective
Operation New Hope extends our sincere thanks to our newest Second Chance Supporters at the Honey Pot Bike Collective. Garfield Cooper (pictured at ZenCog Bicycle Company in Riverside) and the Honey Pot Bike Collective just donated 7 bikes to our Ready4Work clients. At Operation New Hope, we provide support and training to people who have been […]
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 […]
National Association of Reentry Professionals Honors ONH
During our first Ready4Work graduation ceremony of 2023, the National Association of Reentry Professionals presented the Johnny & Julia Pace Award to our team, highlighting our work in the field of reentry. Every year, the National Associate of Reentry Professionals recognizes the work of four organizations across the country for providing excellent services bridging returning […]
Second Chance Supporter – UPS
We would like to extend a big thank you to The UPS Foundation for their $25,000 grant in support of our workforce development training. This generous funding will be used towards our Ready4Work Vocational Training program to provide work attire, transportation assistance, and job skills training to formerly incarcerated individuals in Jacksonville, Florida. The primary […]
Team ONH Celebrates National Night Out Orlando
As the new neighbors in town, Operation New Hope was pleased to participate in Orlando’s National Night Out (NNO) event on November 1, 2022. NNO is America’s night to give crime and drugs a going away party. The tradition began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and […]
Second Chance Supporters – Open Road Bicycles
Open Road Bicycles in San Marco spearheaded an effort to donate bikes for Operation New Hope’s Ready4Work clients. When the owner of the bike shop located in the Miramar shopping center, Scott Gross, heard about the need for transportation so that the nonprofit’s clients could get to work after incarceration, he networked with the other […]
ONH Joins Rand Corporation’s Town Hall Meeting
On September 20, 2022, Operation New Hope’s Chief Communications Officer Amanda Mahan joined the Rand Corporation’s Town Hall Meeting to discuss how training and support increases returning citizens chances at successfully securing living wage work after incarceration. Watch the full discussion below. Share this post Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Read More…
Opening Ready4Work Orlando
To meet the critical needs of the thousands of people who return home every month from Florida’s jails and prisons, we have created a strategic plan that expands our programs with additional locations to create a statewide reentry network. We are excited to open our newest office in Orlando in August 2022 to deliver our […]
Voices of Hope – Tanaine J.
“If everyone in America was judged only by their worst mistake, what would that look like? Where would we be? How can people be contributing citizens if they don’t have access to jobs they are qualified to do? When no one else is willing to give people with a record an opportunity, Operation New Hope […]
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 – Shawn A.
“Before Operation New Hope, I was hopeless. I started drinking and drugging when I was 12, and by 17, I had done everything I swore I would never do. I entered a vicious cycle of incarceration. By the time I was 19, I got put in the Matrix and thought as long as I didn’t […]
UNF Marketing Students Learn Importance of Second Chances
Above image – Project by Amelie Stelzer, Amin Kisrane & Brandon Peralta Marketing students from the University of North Florida (UNF) prove they believe Second Chances Matter during a recent class project supporting Operation New Hope. Dr. Courtney Azzari, Assistant Professor of Marketing from the Coggin College of Business at UNF, developed the partnership as a unique […]
ONH Employee of the Year and other celebrations!
Employee of the Year 2021 – Melissa Riggins We have a great team at Operation New Hope, and it’s so fun to spotlight our outstanding performers. At our recent holiday celebration, we were thrilled to announce that this year’s Employee of the Year goes to Melissa Riggins! Melissa has been with the team for 7 […]
Cynthia Dean and Kendal McCoy on Importance of Second Chances
Cynthia Dean and Kendal McCoy are Case Managers at Operation New Hope and provide support and counseling to people affected by the criminal justice system with the goal of reconnecting them to the workforce, their families, and their communities. They share a special connection in that they are not only co-workers, but Cynthia was once […]
Voices of Hope – Jacques D.
“After several years in prison, I got tired of being stagnant. I decided I needed to put things from my past to the side. I came to the realization that prison is a university, and I was going to make the most of that education. I started studying, reading, and learning in order to broaden […]