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“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 does.
When I was preparing for release after completing my sentence in 2012, I saw a flyer for Operation New Hope’s Ready4Work program, and I’m so glad I did. Operation New Hope gave me the kickstart and hope that I needed to begin again. My case worker showed me she cared and provided the words of encouragement that I needed to be successful. She set me up with an interview at a logistics company, and I got the job right away. Since then, I’ve applied the confidence and skills I gained at Operation New Hope to continue working hard to achieve success.
I am now an accomplished entrepreneur working to scale both my businesses. I am earning my public speaking certificate and saving to buy a house. My goal is to travel and speak to reentry programs and children of incarcerated parents. Being able to embrace my story has freed me from shame. I now know that I am enough, flaws and I all. I want to share that important message with others.
Operation New Hope is the blueprint for what support should look like.”
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. To read more stories of transformation, success and hope, visit – https://operationnewhope.org/our-stories/voices-of-hope/.