Operation New Hope and Bethel Empowerment Foundation are excited to announce that they have agreed to realign their operations to expand reentry services to the Big Bend region. Effective January 1, 2020, Operation New Hope will assume management of the day-to-day operations of the Tallahassee Ready4Work reentry program, leveraging the great foundation that has been laid under the direction of Bethel Empowerment Foundation. Both organizations believe that the consolidation of management, fundraising, and expenses will focus more local resources and provide the best support to individuals returning home after incarceration. Operation New Hope will continue to partner with Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, the Bethel Empowerment Foundation Board, and local stakeholders to help shape the path going forward.
The partnership between both organizations dates back to 2016 when Operation New Hope replicated it's nationally acclaimed Ready4Work reentry program, and under the direction of Reverend Dr. R.B. Holmes, Jr., Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, the Bethel Ready4Work Tallahassee Reentry Program was launched. Since that time, the program has offered job training, job placement and other support services to hundreds of formerly incarcerated citizens returning to the Big Bend region. Dr. Holmes stated, "The church was spiritually and morally obligated to offer support 'for the least of these' and was called to help reclaim the lives of these individuals and their families…our families!"
Kevin Gay, Founder and CEO of Operation New Hope added, "Both organizations are excited about the merger because we see it is a great opportunity to maximize economies of scale. We look forward to reaching out to Tallahassee community members to find ways they can support our mission and engage in this important work."