The Oasis of Hope Toy Store ended another successful year. For the 9th year we were open serving the North Memphis community for two weeks. We employed three young people from the neighborhood who earned retail experience along with Christmas spending money. We served 337 families and 1,368 children. What a Christmas blessing Hope provided for the families, children, volunteers and employees. Thank you for your support!!
– Mary Susan & Tom Capon, Chairmen
Infrastructure is complete and construction is about to begin on Bearwater Park! However, of the $2 million Phase 1 project, we still need to raise $250,000 to complete the construction debt free. To help us get to the finish line, we have received a $100,000 matching grant! This means that every donation to this cause will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000. Please, this Christmas season, consider a gift to help provide quality housing to families in need in Memphis. Follow our Bearwater Park page for update-to-date reports!
Typically as the temperature drops, many of our Oasis neighbors struggle to pay their higher utility bills, and that’s exactly what happened to one of our families. A single mom with 3 children – all very involved in our youth programs (Read-2-Succeed, Pathfinders & Ambassadors) lost her job and had no savings. Their power was turned off a couple weeks ago, but because of her association with Oasis of Hope, her landlord kindly paid the required amount to get their power turned back on. Then, another Oasis connection with the HR person at ServiceMaster enabled this mom to apply and interview for a cleaning position they had open at the Cook Convention Center. She got the job, and started working the very next day!
Later that day, this same HR person was at the Green House picking up her Thanksgiving turkey and basket and while she was there she met another neighborhood mom, who “just happened” to stop in to visit after picking her daughter up from KIPP. This mom has also been desperately looking for a job within walking distance since they don’t have a car. The HR person took her information and said she would try to find a position for her as well. As Oasis staff members, we are so blessed to get the chance to witness God in action – working through people and offering hope to so many of our North Memphis neighbors. It is truly heart-warming!