Cheers: Veterans court program continues to help those in need
Area resident Darryl Woods is an Army veteran who served three tours of duty in Kuwait and Iraq, but he recently exhibited a different form of bravery.
Woods confronted his battle with alcoholism after returning to civilian life. His perseverance paid off when he became the 29th graduate of the Duval County Veterans Treatment Court, which helps rehabilitate veterans facing problems that lead to legal difficulties.
Woods received a diploma for finishing the treatment program, which he entered in March 2014. And he’s just earned a degree in business management from Everest University.
Let’s have a round of applause for Woods — and for all those who support the good work being done by the Duval County Veterans Treatment Court.
OPERATION NEW HOPE INSPIRES
For many years, Operation New Hope Ready4Work program has been offering job training, drug treatment and other services to those relocating to Jacksonville after being released from prison.
It has been nationally recognized for its success in transitioning nonviolent offenders back into the community.
Now a program modeled after Operation New Hope is being developed for Tallahassee and its surrounding communities. Last year, Hillsborough County also created an initiative based on the Ready4Work concept.
Bravo to Operation New Hope for being a leader.
PRODUCING VOLUNTEER LEADERS FOR NONPROFITS
Healthy communities have effective nonprofit organizations that can ably plug the social holes that can’t be filled by businesses or government.
And the success of these nonprofits usually depends on having dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer board members.
That’s why hands all across our community should be clapping for HandsOn Jacksonville’s Blueprint for Leadership training program, which since the late 1980s has been preparing talented, highly qualified people to become future board of directors on local nonprofit organizations.
It’s an extensive six-month course with topics ranging from nonprofit budgeting and fundraising to handling legal issues and building community support. Recently, 24 citizens completed this year’s program; they will now serve one-year internships on boards across Jacksonville.
Congratulations to the latest Blueprint graduates.
And cheers to HandsOn Jacksonville for providing this worthy program!