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“I spent years struggling with addiction and instability and dragged my son through all the muck and mud of my life. My last time being arrested was in October 2021, and I was released on June 29, 2022. I was given a second chance by Angels of Mercy when they offered me housing in their transition home. I was shocked when they told me about Operation New Hope’s Ready4Work program that was opening in Orlando, and remember saying, ‘You’re telling me there’s a place that does all that? Sign me up!’
“The entire team at Operation New Hope is absolutely amazing! They genuinely care, and you can tell it’s not just a paycheck for them. The Ready4Work program has so much to offer. The Career Development instructor taught me so many valuable lessons, and I can’t say enough good things about my Mental Health Counselor. I am so lucky to have counseling once a week. I have so many people in my corner now and have been so supported by the everyone.
“Going through the Ready4Work program helped me know that just because I have a record, I don’t have to stunt my life and struggle forever. I never thought this kind of life was possible, and believed I would always be stuck in a state of worry and constant fear. Before, I was stuck in a dark abyss, but Operation New Hope shined a light on all the possibilities. I now have a great job and clear vision for stability. I am 2 years sober and working on rebuilding my relationship with my 14 year old son. Even though I failed him because of choosing drugs, he recently told me how proud he is of me for what I’m beginning to achieve.
“I’m taking it one day at a time, trusting the process, and know I have the power to achieve my goals. I am applying to college to become a psychology major, and I hope to help others by working as an addiction counselor. Life is always going to throw you curve balls, but now I have hope! I can’t wait to let you know when I reach all of these goals!”
At Operation New Hope, we believe that we are all better than our worst mistake, worst day, or worst decision. We believe in people’s ability to transform their lives through commitment and hard work. We see it every day as we support our clients’ reentry and growth. With the skills learned and confidence gained from our Ready4Release, Ready4Work and Ready4Success programs, our participants go on to become productive community members and build successful careers earning living wages. Read more stories of transformation, success and hope!