Community Bonding – Oasis Fall Festival on Oct. 18 from 1-5p

September 14, 2014

pumpkins-110x11613th ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL: The Oasis Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 1pm – 5pm at (the Green House) 245 Guthrie, Memphis, TN 38107. This urban outreach opportunity is a perfect time to get to know inner city families in the Oasis of Hope neighborhood in an environment that is casual and fun for every age!   We need donations of candy and prizes:  (grand prizes for Raffle, adult Bingo Prizes, and  Kids’ Bingo Prizes).  Some suggested prizes include:  TVs, DVD Players, Board Games, gift cards, etc.  You may bring your donations to Hope Presbyterian Church (8500 Walnut Grove, Cordova, TN).  Or you can donate online.

We also need volunteers to help with Set-up, Clean-Up and to man volunteer stations (such as Sign-In, Food /Servers, Game & ride attendants, Face Painters etc.). We encourage you to bring your family, friends, small group or neighbors to enjoy the day’s FREE festival: bingo, moon bounces, kids games, face painting, prizes, and great music!  This will be a great volunteer opportunity for a group or family!  To volunteer, Contact: Jaime, (901)527-0074.


Check us out. See if Our Fall Opportunities are for You

September 12, 2014

kaa-campers-2014-100x116School is officially back in session, and our Oasis youth staff is busy planning a great Fall line-up of youth and education programs.

But…as always, we need your help!! Please prayerfully consider volunteering your time in one of these areas. Even an hour a week can really make a difference! As many of you already know, it will be a life-changing experience, not only for a child who needs a little extra help, but for YOU, too.

**There will be an Oasis Youth Volunteer Info Meeting at Hope Church, Wednesday, August 27 at 6 p.m. in Room 230. Make plans to join us to hear more about the programs, and meet the staff, as well as some of our veteran volunteers. Contact Brenda with any questions at:, or 901-496-5516.

Also, we are excited about our new Oasis Volunteer & Mentor Training on Sept. 3 & 10, 6-7:30 pm at Bickford Community Center (233 Henry Ave.), and are strongly encouraging all of our volunteers to attend both days. The sessions will cover the specifics of each Oasis program, as well as provide practical, hands-on tips that volunteers and mentors can use in working with our urban youth.

Click here to fill out the online background check required for all volunteers who would like to get involved.

Click here for a map/directions to all of the locations mentioned.


READ-2-SUCCEED – Weekly one-on-one reading with an elementary-aged child.
Contact:, 496-5516
In The Cut Ministry House, 932 N. 6th St.
Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00

CALDWELL-GUTHRIE ELEMENTARY Tutoring – Weekly 1-hour in-school tutoring sessions in Reading. Training provided. You can also fill in as a substitute tutor averaging once a month as your schedule permits
Contact:, 496-5516
Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, 951 Chelsea Ave.
Choose any 1-hr time slot below:
2nd Grade tutoring: M, T, W, Th, or F 11:35-12:35

PATHFINDERS Mentoring Group – Mentoring group for middle school students.
Contact:, 246-6010
Bickford Community Center, 233 Henry Ave.
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00

LIFE BUILDERS High School Group – Dramatically impact the lives of high school students at this pivotal teenage stage of life. This group helps students gain practical life skills, as well as grow spiritually.
Contact:, 246-6010
The Green House, 245 Guthrie Ave.
Thursdays, 6:00-7:30

WARRIOR PRINCESSES Girls Club – Club for 9 – 12 year old girls living in an urban, underprivileged environment that teaches life skills.
Contact:, 496-5516
Bickford Community Center, 233 Henry Ave.
Every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 10:30-12:30


- VOLUNTEER INFORMATION MEETING at Hope Church, Room 230, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:00 p.m.


Support Manassas Football; View Game Schedule

September 10, 2014

manassas-football-2012-100x08/23 – 3:00p
Raleigh-Egypt (Memphis, TN)
Location: Crump Stadium

08/29 – 7:00p
Munford (Munford, TN)
Location: Munford High School

*09/04 – 7:00p – Homecoming
Sheffield (Memphis, TN)
Location: Melrose

09/12 – TBA

09/18 – 7:00p
Frayser (Memphis, TN)
Location: Raleigh-Egypt High School

09/26 – 7:00p
Memphis Central (Memphis, TN)
Location: Crump Stadium

10/03 – 7:00p
Westwood (Memphis, TN)
Game Details: John P. Freeman Stadium

*10/10 – 7:00p – Senior Night
Fairley (Memphis, TN)
Game Details: Melrose Stadium

10/17 – 7:00p
Douglass (Memphis, TN)
Location: Fairground

*10/23 – 7:00p
Trezevant (Memphis, TN)
Game Details: Crump Stadium

10/31 – 7:00p
Craigmont (Memphis, TN)
Game Details: Raleigh Egypt Stadium

*Home Games

Shop at Kroger; Donate 5% to Oasis Without Writing a Check!

September 08, 2014

kroger-logo-110x116Old concept; quicker process!

It may seem like a small act, but it’s a huge help! Designating Oasis of Hope on your Kroger card allows you to donate 5% to our ministry each time you shop or buy gas without even sending us a check!

For example, if 2,500 people spend $100, Oasis would receive $5 from each purchase, or a total of $12,500!

We can do a lot of ministry with that!

It takes about 3 minutes and registering your Kroger Plus Card is now easier than ever:

  1. Go to
  2. Create an account & follow the prompts to enter your email, password, & address. You can even request a digital Kroger Plus Card.
  3. Designate Oasis of Hope as your Community Rewards recipient by typing our name in the Search box (or #80469)

If you already have a Kroger Plus Card, it’s even quicker:

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in to your account and view your reward details.
  3. Edit Community Rewards and designate Oasis of Hope as your Community Rewards recipient by typing our name in the Search box (or #80469)

That’s it!

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

How Can Selling Appliances Be Considered Ministry?

September 06, 2014

2013 11 new arrivals web300 (14)Effective ministry often begins by providing a practical, physical solution to someone who is struggling.

The idea of Oasis Appliance began as we tried to bridge the gap between families we worked with in North Memphis who needed help finding basic, affordable appliances/furniture and Hope Church members who had used items to pass on. Initially this process took up a lot of time on our already-taxed small staff to coordinate picking up items, identifying families to receive them, and then making the deliveries.

We definitely realized this was a huge need, however, there was way more demand than there was supply … until Mid-America Apartment Communities generously contacted us in 2008 with an amazing offer to donate their used appliances when they were upgrading entire apartment properties!

This solution of corporate donations set into motion the creation of a business plan, securing a store-front, and with much anticipation, opening the doors to the public in 2009. Our mission reached far beyond the goal of simply starting a new business, but rather providing a needed product at an affordable price with a warranty, as well as providing job training, employment and to further our reach to people living in the neighborhood. We had already developed relationships with many families who trusted us, and now we had a more dependable way to solve the need for these homes to have reliable appliances.

We quickly outgrew our initial location and were offered a great deal through Belz Enterprises to move into a much bigger space at our present location, 1294 North Thomas Street. Since opening our doors five years ago, Oasis Appliance has been a self-sustaining ministry that currently provides part-time employment for three local men who are learning appliance repair, customer service, and truck delivery. Gratefully we have expanded our corporate donations and currently receive used appliances from the following apartment companies: Mid-America Apartment Communities, Alco Management, Wesley Senior Housing, Fogelman Properties, Estates at River Pointe, and Island Park & Harbor Town Square, in addition to Hope members.

Last December we reorganized the appliance showroom and expanded our furniture show room in order to accommodate additional furniture, household items and electronics as well. This allowed us to not only offer a larger variety of low cost items to people in the neighborhood, but also to utilize furniture items that were donated to our newly opened partner boutique in the suburbs, Hope Again, that would not sell in that location.

If you are interested in supporting this ministry, there are 3 ways to get involved:

1) Donate your used appliance.

Although we have expanded our product stream, there is still more demand than supply and we are always looking for more partnerships willing to donate to our non-profit (tax receipts provided)! We are especially in need of washers and dryers. If you or anyone you know might be interested in making a donation, please email Deborah. We generally arrange pick-ups on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays. Simply provide us your address and phone number and we’ll gladly remove your unwanted item.

2) Shop in our store.

We are open Tuesday/Thursday from 10am-2pm and Saturdays from 10am-12pm. We are located in North Memphis at 1294 North Thomas Street (click for directions). Phone 901.577.0013.

3) Volunteer in our store.

There is always work to be done! We could use help selling in our showroom, picking up donations or cleaning appliances.

Oasis Appliance is just one of the many ministries through Oasis of Hope. If you would like more information regarding this ministry or to get involved, email Deborah. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.


New Tracking System Assures Us that R2S is Working!

September 04, 2014

web-read-to-succeed-100x116Our Read-2-Succeed (R2S) team – students AND volunteers – worked hard and played hard this year, and we have the results to show it! 20 Oasis students completed the 9-month program, along with 20 volunteer “coaches” who met weekly with the students. Talk about a dedicated bunch of people!

This year’s program was developed by another one of our awesome volunteers, Donna Young, to correlate with the school system’s “Team Read” tutoring program that’s being used by Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary school (where most of our students attend). Our reading goal at the beginning of the school year was two-fold:

1. Students will acquire 200 new FRY sight words by the end of the school year.

2. Students will score at least 80% accuracy in reading comprehension by the end of the school year.

Here are the results:


- 85% gained 200+ words from baseline with the majority acquiring words well about grade level

- 70% of all students gained 400+ words to levels above grade level

- 15% gained 150+ words rising to grade level


- 70% achieved reading comprehension accuracy ranging from 80-90% at their grade level

- 30% scored below 80% as follows:

• 2 students: 71-78% avg.

• 2 students: 62% avg.

• 1 student: 40% avg.

These results speak for themselves – this program truly IS making a difference in our children’s lives! What can’t be measured with numbers, though, are other ways their lives were touched. To watch relationships develop between students and their coaches is absolutely heart-warming, and in fact, usually coaches AND students want to stay paired together as they go from year to year. Not only that, but the children learned to pray with and for each other, as well as memorized weekly Bible verses. Most students memorized 15 or more passages of Scripture, with two students learning 26 and 28 verses by heart!

The results also show however, that we still have much work to do. In fact, this program has developed such a reputation in our Oasis neighborhood that we have parents calling us all the time about openings, and already have a waiting list of students. The need is there, but we can’t grow without more volunteers. Please consider joining our team for the 2014-15 school year – we need you! Contact Brenda at to learn how.

If you would like more information regarding our ministry, email Brenda. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Special Urban Plunge for Men Only – Sept 11-14, 2014

August 18, 2014

memphis-neon-sign-web110x11We are offering a very special Urban Plunge for men only! We did the same thing with just ladies last spring and it was a great success!

We do a lot in a couple days, and the whole experience will stretch your mind, heart, and beliefs in a way you’d never imagine!

Pack your bags and spend 3 1/2 days with Eli, Terry and Urban/Oasis staff on our upcoming Plunge September 11-14, where you will hear the heart of our urban leaders and have your eyes opened to the many great things taking place in our city. You will leave changed and with a new outlook on the City of Memphis as you experience life in the inner city as well as cultural landmarks famous to Memphis’ civil rights history.

We leave Hope on Thursday evening and return to Hope Sunday afternoon. We have speakers come in, panel discussions about racism, visit approximately 10 of our ministry partners, tour the National Civil Rights Museum and Slave Haven, eat lunch on Friday in one of our many urban, soul food restaurants, eat Saturday dinner at Eli’s home, do an Oasis work project on Saturday from 8a-1p in North Memphis, and end the entire weekend by attending First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue.

urban-plunge-100x116Are you ready to Plunge???

Housekeeping details: We sleep at one of our ministry partners in a dorm-style fashion. We provide beds and you bring your own linens or a sleeping bag, toiletries, clothes, and a pillow. All your meals are provided along with beverages and snacks. The cost for members is $100 and $175 for non-members. Email Di for more information. Space is limited, so register today! For more information and to register contact Di.

Hear from Coach Moore-Goodbye Summer Baseball

August 12, 2014

oasis-summer-baseball-100x1This summer was a great success for the kids most importantly and also, Colby and I. Everyday throughout the summer we had about 25 kids show up for baseball.

We had two different teams that we assembled after the first week of practice, which consisted of a Coach Pitch team and a Kids Pitch team. The teams both did very well this summer and have improved a lot from last summer. The coach pitch team went 8-1 and the kids pitch team went 8-0.

I am greatly pleased by the effort these kids gave me this season. These records are proof of how much hard work and determination they put into it this summer. I couldn’t be more excited for these kids after this season. I honestly think baseball is becoming one of the most popular sports down in the Bickford area, which is just so exciting to me as a coach.

Coach Tyler Moore

Our Heros Don’t Wear Capes-Middle School Mentoring

August 01, 2014

superhero-cape-100x116Pathfinders Mentoring Program: End of the year article
by Martell Hixson, Oasis Youth Developer

“[Our] heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes…their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. [Our] heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could [still] untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” ― Jodi Picoult

The Birth of a Mentoring Program

At the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, the Oasis of Hope Youth Staff begin to reflect on Jesus’ love for young people. We concluded that Jesus’ concern for them gave validity to our efforts as youth workers. As we discussed how we might best serve the kids in the North Memphis community (an at-risk, under-resourced part of town), we made an amazing discovery: we began to see that Jesus taught the importance of not only making disciples out of young people, but also learning from them! This made us shift from simply preaching to them to something a little more dignifying. We had to find a way to walk more intimately with the kids. As we talked about the changes that needed to be made, it became clear that our Pathfinders Middle School Bible Study needed to evolve into something more. This gave way to the birth to the newly formed Middle School Mentoring Program.

Embracing the mess!

We planned the details for the first year of our mentoring program and fanaticized about kids coming to Jesus and becoming great leaders! We reflected on their needs, hurts, and struggles, knowing that God could use us to change their lives! But the one thing we overlooked as we planned was that life’s not that neat…it’s messy!!

2014-pathfinders-web500Each week of our Pathfinders Mentoring Program we endured organized chaos. The kids didn’t answer our questions in “the right way.” They complained about the food and activities. Some kids didn’t know if they could trust Jesus because their lives were so hard. In all this, we kept moving forward. We were shocked that the more we worked to make a mess-free program, the harder it became to see what God was doing. We mentors thought that the kids needed us, but we found out that actually we needed them too. And more importantly, that we all needed God! The more we were honest about out brokenness, the more the kids admired our leadership in their lives. God was creating a sense of community that crossed age, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds. He was teaching us to love one another despite our differences!

Looking back over the year

When the Mentoring Program ended this year, we asked the kids and volunteer mentors for feedback concerning the program. We found out that the kids felt blessed to have older men and women spend time with them. They wanted more of the activities they complained about! They wanted more encouraging conversion about life and Jesus! One student in the program even said they wished there was a nearby church they could attend to spend more time with their mentors and friends from the program! The kids desired to be a part of community, to be loved, and to be challenged!

2014-pathfinders2-web500Of course none of this would have happened without our amazing volunteers who were willing to give away the most cherished gifts of all: their time and love. Many of them made small but significant sacrifices to be involved in the kids’ lives. One of the mentors, an Anatomic Pathology Specialist, asked her employer to rearrange her work schedule so that she could be a small part in the lives of the girls she mentored. She said connecting with the kids in simple ways gave her confidence that God could use her to impact people for Jesus! Wow. These guys made a DIFFERENCE!

So here we already are, at the end of another year and will soon be planning to kick off another school year in the Fall. If you are interested in joining us to make a simple, but deep impact in the lives of our middle schoolers, please considering joining our team!

“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, email Martell. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Yes it’s Early but it’s Time for Our Backpack/Uniform Drive

August 01, 2014

Backpack Drive:back-to-school-drive-100x11

We know the thought of heading back to school conjures up a lot of emotions; there is excitement, anxiety, tighter schedules, and the fun of reuniting with classmates and friends. However, in the inner city, it often also means financial concern about being able to even afford one new uniform, or finding money to purchase a backpack or notepaper. If surprising a child with a backpack full of beautiful, new, school supplies sounds like a fun way to bless a student, we can connect your gift with kids who really need it!

This is your chance to shop for a cause! While you’re out buying school supplies for your own children, consider picking up a few more items to be passed on to less fortunate students from one of our many partnering inner city schools (KIPP Middle & Elementary, Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, and Humes Middle) who have helped us formulate the school supply lists (below) for various age groups.  It takes a little effort but makes a big impact!

Backpacks of supplies can be dropped off at Hope Presbyterian Church from now until July 27th; look for the bins/carts that say ‘Backpack Drive.’

If you would like us to do the shopping for you, you can donate online or make checks payable to Hope Church and write ‘Backpack Drive’ in the memo.

Uniform Drive:

We often know kids who have one uniform to wear at school, as well as throughout the summer. We’d love to send these kids to school dressed in NEW uniforms!  This year, our neighborhood schools have asked for help in stocking their depleted school clothing closets, so that students are able to get items that they don’t have. Your monetary donation (donate online) will enable us to “shop in bulk” to help out these students and the school clothing closets.

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact Di. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.




6 pocket folders
1 glue stick
1 bottle of Elmer’s glue
2 boxes of crayons-8 count
1 pkg washable markers
1 pair scissors-Fiskar blunt tip
12 #2 pencils
4 fat pencils
2 Kindergarten tablets
1 pkg 3×5 index cards
1 bottle anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Grade 1

4 folders with pockets
4 folders with pockets and brads
2 glue sticks
1 bottle Elmer’s glue
1 box crayons-24 count
1 pair scissors-Fiskar blunt tip
24 #2 pencils
6 1st grade tablets
2 black/white marble composition books
1 pkg washable markers
2 pink erasers
1 spiral notebooks
2 steno pads
1 bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Grade 2

Backpack (no rolling backpacks please)
1 box of crayons (no more than 24 count)
24 #2 pencils
2 glue sticks
1 bottle Elmer’s glue
1 pair scissors
1 3-subject composition notebook
2 70-page spiral composition notebooks
2 boxes of Kleenex tissues
1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags
5 2-pocket folders (no prongs)
1 box of markers, thick point
2 soft vinyl 1-inch 3-ring binders
1 Steno notebook
1 pkg wide-ruled notebook paper
1 spiral notebook
1 Steno pad
1 bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Grades 3, 4, 5

24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
2 glue sticks
1 box colored pencils
1 pair scissors, Fiskar
1 box crayons, 24 count
1 pkg ink pens (blue, black & red)
1 pkg washable markers
3 spiral notebooks
2 pkgs notebook paper, wide rule
8 folders with pockets & brads (assorted colors)
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
2 composition books
1 box Kleenex
1 bottle anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
1 box Ziploc bags (gallon or quart size)

Grades 6, 7, 8

24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
1 eraser
1 pair scissors, Fiskar sharp tip
6 spiral notebooks, 1-subject, wide rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 bottle of glue
2 glue sticks
1 box colored pencils, 24 count
1 protractor
2 red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 pkg colored markers
2 pkgs notebook paper, wide-rule
1 ruler with inches and centimeters
1 Steno pad
1 3-ring binder 2″
2 pkgs dividers
1 pkg 3×5 index cards

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Draw string backpack or regular backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
1 eraser
6 spiral notebooks, 1 subject, college rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 box colored pencils, 24 count
2 yellow highlighters
1 protractor
1 pkg red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 pkg colored markers
2 pkgs notebook paper, college rule
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
1 steno pad
1 – 3 3-ring binder, 2″
2 pkgs dividers

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