Empowering Neighborhood adults

As with youth, by ministering to adults in the areas of faith, leadership, education and employment, adults in the community are improving their lives, and improving the community. Our affordable housing ministry provides safe, quality places for people to call home, with the goal of becoming homeowners themselves. For the seniors in our community, we provide a dynamic daily program that brings dignity, honor and fun into their lives. Learn more about our adult ministries.


 senior citizen woman Bickford Seniors' Program – Daily Senior Citizen Outreach

Who: North Memphis Senior Citizens
When: Monday-Friday 8:30am-1:00pm
Where: Bickford Community Center (map & directions)
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Seniors' in our neighborhood are thriving with daily activities, programs and social services being offered at the Bickford Community Center! Fifty or more men and women ages 60 and older gather each weekday to participate in the following:

  • Free daily lunch at the Bickford Community Center
  • Free transportation to/from the Bickford Community Center as well as doctor appointments
  • Daily events such as: organized games, seminars pertaining to the elderly, ceramics, exercise classes, field trips, quilting, Bible studies, health expos, field trips, and more!
  • Social services such as: assistance in applying for utility bill scholarships, tax help, and winter weatherization of homes needing repair

We need volunteers who have a heart for the elderly and would love to come hang out! If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Shirley.


speaker at podium Christian Community Development Conference (CCDA)

Who: Adults from North Memphis
When: Annually each Fall; August 31- September 3, 2016
Where: Location varies each year, but this year will be in Los Angeles

CCDA is a national organization of like-minded people who are passionate about restoring the broken relationships, divided communities, and poverty and violence that exist in our inner cities. They are committed to holistic restoration in communities (spiritual, emotional, physical, economic, & social) and offer training and inspiration to our staff, volunteers, and the leaders that are emerging from North Memphis. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Terry.


students in class Getting Ahead In A Just Getting By World

Who: Adults from North Memphis
When: TBD
Where: Bickford Community Center (map & directions)
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These classes derived from Dr. Ruby Payne’s Bridges out of Poverty materials, are designed to help participants examine the effects of poverty on their lives and in their community. It also provides information about how to use their current resources to go the next level in life. Topics include: how to build economic stability for your family, how to set personal goals and successfully achieve them, and how to make small positive changes that will have a big impact. We need donations of gift cards and door prizes to encourage participants. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


woman standing by quote on wall Justice Tour

Who: Adults interested in studying the Civil Rights Movement
When: Annually in June (June 3-5, 2016)
Where: Selma, Montgomery & Birmingham
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Take a three-day bus trip to Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham to walk the same path as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others walked in the late 50s and 60s during turbulent times in our country. Come and explore the history of another culture and see first-hand the historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the Edmund Pettus Bridge and much more! Eli, Terry, Sharon and Di will escort you on this unforgettable journey. Cost is $225 Hope Members/$325 non-members to cover the hotel, transportation, entrance fees and a few meals. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Megan.


used appliances in store Oasis Appliance Store & Home Furnishings

Who: Everyone is welcome to shop at the store
When: Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00a-4:00p
Where: Oasis Appliance (map & directions)

Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings is our biggest economic development and employment endeavor to-date bringing job training, employment, and positive business activity to a neighborhood in need. We are a non-profit outreach of Oasis of Hope helping to improve the economic environment in North Memphis that has suffered years of economic decline. The business provides quality, pre-owned appliances and home furnishings at significantly reduced prices. It also is an avenue for Oasis of Hope to conduct on-the-job training and provide neighborhood employment. Several people from the neighborhood work in the store. We need donations of used appliances or gently used furniture. We need volunteers to work in our store or help make donation pick-ups. We need shoppers to come in and buy our products. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Dana.


kids with bikes Oasis Bike Shop

Who: Everyone is welcome to shop at the store
When: Tuesdays 4:30-7:00pm, & Saturdays 9:30am-12:00pm
Where: Oasis Appliance (map & directions)

The vision of The Oasis Bike Shop is to partner youth from the community - who want a bike - with caring adults - who want to help - by teaching them the trade of bike repair and providing opportunities for students to earn their bike through putting in repair hours or doing community service projects in the area. Help youth and adults from the community purchase or earn a reliable bicycle by working alongside another adult who will mentor them. The Shop (located in the same building as Oasis Appliance) also plans to do occasional bike outings. We need donations of used bicycles & bike gear. We need volunteers to help repair bikes and mentor students. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Bill.


adult helping child play golf Oasis Fall Festival

Who: All North Memphis residents
When: Annually on a Saturday in October from 1:00-5:00pm
Where: The Green House (map & directions)
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As a kick-off to the new season, local residents assist in throwing a Fall party on the lawn with games, barbeque and great music. It's a beautiful time of year to get out and enjoy the weather and get to know the neighborhood residents in this fun, casual atmosphere. Volunteers from both inside and outside North Memphis help to plan, promote and carry out such events which provide experience in working with people, being responsible, following through with tasks, and establishing a sense of pride. It also plants the seeds for relationships to develop and grow through working and playing together! We need donations for food, prizes and games. We need volunteers to help us pull off such a big day! If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


young adults selling toys Oasis Toy Store

Who: North Memphis Residents
When: Toy collections begin in early November / Store opens annually in December
Where: Oasis Appliance (map & directions)

Deliver a joyful Christmas to families in need! Work side-by-side with the local residents we train and employ to run our toy store; or donate toys or money and you will surely bring smiles to many children. Parents get the joy and dignity of providing a Christmas for their families through discounted name-brand toys. This volunteer opportunity will really get you in the holiday spirit and is a blast! We need donations of new toys (watch here for a specific list). We need volunteers to help organize the toys and work in our store. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


people at a finance class Personal Finance Coaching

Who: North Memphis Adults
When: TBD
Where: In the Cut, The Green House & Oasis Appliance (map & directions)

We need adults who understand the basic concepts of personal finance to help address the areas of budgeting, debt reduction, savings, investing, and banking. This ministry is more about sitting down with people, developing relationships, and helping them with their basic financial practices than it is about higher-level investing/banking. Don't be intimidated! If you can balance a checkbook and keep tabs on your own bills, you can assist others in doing the same. We need volunteers who are interested in personal budgeting and would like to pass on their knowledge. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


mentors teaching students Powered for Life - Employment Class

Who: Adults from North Memphis
When: Next session TBD
Where: Oasis Appliance (map & directions)

Powered for Life is a career readiness course that pairs participants with mentors who learn their purpose for life, receive inspiration for life, find faith & focus for life, and experience excellence for life. It also provides resources for the job search process, as well as, resume and interview skill enhancement. Topics include: Discovering where you want to go in life and how to get there, Following God’s direction and honoring Him with your future, Planning out the steps to achieve your goals and overcome life’s hurdles, and Developing competencies in the interview process to make you stand out from the crowd. At the end of the class we try to place students with a job! We need volunteers who are business professionals who are willing to help with the class and mentor the students. We also need partners who would be willing to offer job positions. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Terry.


people assembling food boxes Thanksgiving Feast Baskets

Who: North Memphis residents
When: Annually in November
Where: In the cut (map & directions)

Providing a delicious Thanksgiving feast by helping to gather and assemble holiday baskets for a family who wouldn't be able to afford one is incredibly rewarding! Join us! We want you to know how awesome it feels to give in this way! We need donations of food (watch for specific food lists to be posted). We need volunteers to help us gather, organize and deliver the baskets. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


adults sitting around a teacher listening Urban Plunge

Who: Adults interested in Experiencing Inner City Memphis
When: Annually each Spring & Fall
Where: Inner city Memphis, TN
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Take a missions trip in your own backyard and immerse yourself in inner city Memphis! This is an unforgettable experience that will change the way you look at life and our city. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Di.



men workign at computer Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

Who: North Memphis Adults
When: January-April, Sat 10am-1pm
Where: Bickford Community Center (map & directions)

Each tax season trained volunteers help North Memphis neighborhood residents file their taxes at no charge in addition to searching for rightful deductions and qualifications. This is a tangible and practical ministry that is greatly appreciated by those who take advantage of it. Over the past 7 seasons we have filed 1,150 returns and saved the community more than $1.8 million dollars in credits and filing fees! If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us.


young moms standing together Young Women's Ministry - Church Attendance

Who: Young Women and Children from North Memphis
When: Sundays at 5:30pm
Where: Hope Presbyterian Church (map & directions)

For several years the young women and young moms group has been attending Hope Church each week for spiritual teaching and encouragement from Hope's pastoral team. Through this process, a bridge is being built between North Memphis and Cordova and relationships are being made.  If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Karey.



woman menting young mom Young Women's Ministry - Mentoring Young Moms

Who: Teens & Twenty-somethings from North Memphis
When: Mentors & mentees set their own meeting schedules
Where: Mentors & mentees can meet at any of the Oasis offices, public places or personal homes
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A special mentoring opportunity exists to support our expectant mothers through those challenging months leading up to and after delivery. We encourage meeting once a month to go over a curriculum that chronicles the baby's development in addition to touching base with your mentee once/week (by calling or texting). We match moms we know with volunteers we know (& a lot of prayer!). A one day training is required to review the curriculum and there is a fee of $75. We need volunteers willing to invest in the lives of young mothers. Become a mentor that helps two lives simultaneously! If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Karey.