Wait…Wait…Wait…Now Go! Building Has Finally Begun!

January 20, 2013

It was five years ago that the Oasis Baseball Coach, Michael Timmons, was in the right place at the right time

and came across the opportunity for Oasis to buy the old Cedar Court Apartment complex, located in the heart of the community at 1007 N 7th Street in North Memphis. These apartments had a rich history of being a problem property in the neighborhood and were feared by locals due to the drug activity, vandalism, robbery, and gang activity that stemmed from here.

After successfully obtaining the fourteen-building property for $270,000, plans to renovate went into full swing and Hope volunteers quickly got to work gutting the complex. However, after receiving $1.5 million dollars in grants to tear down and rebuild NEW instead, Oasis’ plans switched gears and the next few years were spent obtaining funding, drawing plans, maneuvering through red tape, coordinating partnerships, securing contractors, building infrastructure and finally … FINALLY …

The actual building has officially begun … and the houses are going up FAST!

A combination of ten single family and duplex homes will be built in Phase I with a timeline of having families move in this summer! What a blessing it will be to offer beautiful, safe, and most importantly – affordable – homes to neighborhood families and residents.

Of course while Phase I is actively wrapping up, we are working behind the scenes and are in full swing with the needed steps for Phase 2 which will entail building an additional 15 homes including a playground and a community center. The final stages will consist of an additional 26 homes and will conclude this enormous project.

Soon you can get involved! Watch our website and facebook page

for volunteer opportunities as we will begin the exciting process of getting to do some hands-on work ourselves, like painting, landscaping and light construction.

We can’t thank you enough for your patience and continued support through this long, five-year process to date! We are grateful beyond words that God placed this opportunity in our laps and look forward to seeing how something as foundational as affordable, beautiful housing can impact a community!

First Goal Met: $100k Given to the Bearwater Matching Grant!

January 16, 2013

THANK THE LORD FOR FAITHFUL GIVERS!

We are VERY excited to announce that we met the $100,000 Matching Grant Challenge for Bearwater Park! 

We are very humbled by the exuberant generosity of so many people over the last couple of months!

We are now well positioned to hopefully complete Phase I of Bearwater Park debt free. With the completion of the $100k matching grant, we are now within the final $50,000 left to raise of the $2 million total needed to complete the 10 housing units of the subdivision’s Phase 1.  Ten neighborhood families will soon have a brand new, affordable place to call home.  As soon as the weather cooperates, the foundations will be laid and the house construction will begin.  There will be volunteer opportunities to help with this project, so stay tuned for future announcements.  See Bearwater Park for more information on the project.

Batter Up! Manassas Spring Training Starts

January 15, 2013

It’s spring training camp time for the Manassas Baseball Team and we’re hosting them again at Hope Church. If you have any baseball experience or just want to be an encouragement to some young men – this is your chance! This Friday/Saturday (2/22-2/23) you can plug into something special. Below is the camp schedule. Feel free to stop by anytime and join the players and coaches. You’re also welcome to eat with them during those times. The more the merrier.

FRIDAY

5:30-7:30 Well Worx (6161 Shelby Oaks Dr)

8:00-9:00 Pizza and Speaker @ Hope, room 303 (or possibly 230)

9:00-10:30 Wash up and open gym

10:30 Lights out

SATURDAY

9:00-11:00 Practice @ Hope (fields in back of church)

11:30-12:30 Lunch/ Speaker (South Hall @ Hope)

1:00 -3:30 Practice@ Hope (fields in back of church)

4:00-5:30 Clean up, room 303

5:30 church service @ Hope and head for home

Questions: contact Terry Hoff, 901-438-6600.

Oasis and KIPP Begin ‘Men of Distinction’ Mentoring

January 13, 2013

The purpose of the Men of Distinction mentoring at KIPP is to instill the values of the school. Those values are

Perseverance, Scholarship, Integrity, Teamwork, and Fun.

My role (Martell Hixson speaking, Oasis Youth Developer) in partnering with the school is to reinforce those values and build relationships with our neighborhood’s future leaders. The vision is to mentor, develop, and inspire the young men (middle school) to exert their gifts and skills for the greater good of our communities. Dates for the Men of Distinction Saturday classes this semester are 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20 & 5/4. We meet at KIPP school, 230 Henry Avenue, Memphis TN 38107 from 10:20am to 1:00pm.

If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry and possibly joining us, contact me (Martell.)

Read-2-Succeed Students Win School Awards

January 10, 2013

Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary had their 1st Semester Awards Program recently, and many of our Read-2-Succeed students received honors!

We are especially proud of 2nd grader Tyra Bates, daughter of Danielle & Aaron Cunningham! Tyra received the Principal’s Award for getting straight A’s!!

Also, another one of our students, 5th grader Kayla Hawkins, sang a solo at the program.

We are so proud of our Read-2-Succeed students!!

If you are interested in finding out more information about our Read-2-Succeed program, read more on our website or contact Brenda.

Our Volunteer Coaches Hit Mentoring Homeruns

January 10, 2013

You have probably heard that Oasis of Hope provides volunteer coaches for the Manassas Football Team (we hope you have seen the Oscar Winning ‘Undefeated’ movie by now!), but did you know that we provide the same support for the Manassas Baseball Team? Coaching is one of the best ways to get to know the team and to coach the players not only on the field, but in their personal lives as well. In addition, Oasis volunteers came together a few years ago to fund, build and maintain the beautiful ball diamond that Manassas High School now calls their own!

One of our most long-standing volunteer coaches, Michael Timmons, who has been working with the team for at least seven years, has been working with the boys since they were 10 years old! When asked why he’s hung in there so long he said, “It’s because of the bond with these young men and the love they have shown me. My family continues to grow and there are not enough hours in the day between family, work, and baseball, but the relationships I have formed with these young men will be forever part of the lives of me and my family.  I feel strongly that God has put me in the lives of our players and that he uses the game of baseball to bring me and our players closer to him.”

When asked what the biggest challenge has been over the years, Michael said it’s the pressure to not be able to do more. “Many of our boys have told me that I am like a father to them. This is the ultimate compliment but I really only serve 200-250 hours per year with them and for them to say that is setting the bar very low for their expectations of what a father is. They deserve so much more! Many of our players face so many more challenges than I realized 7 years ago and I wish I could level the playing field for them in life but I have come to realize that I can’t.

The biggest reward that Michael has seen over the past seven years has been “Watching young men mature and place others before themselves. Our boys come in as freshman, often very self centered (they are after all teenagers), many of them by the time they are juniors or seniors start placing others above themselves. We as coaches play a very small part in that as parents, grandparents, faculty, older siblings, and many others shape these youngsters but knowing God has used me as a piece of that puzzle is very rewarding. Knowing what options our boys have to consume their time and seeing them choose to spend it on the ball field is also extremely humbling.  As a teen, I made many poor choices as a young man in how I spent my time and knowing where they might be if they were not at practice makes practice all the more rewarding.”

At Oasis of Hope, we cannot wish for better leaders than those like Michael Timmons! He caught the vision, shared his skill of baseball, and has committed his free time to investing in these boys!! THANK YOU MICHAEL!!!!

If you have a love for the game and would like to join the volunteer coaching staff or to simply cheer on the team, we’d love to have you! Contact Terrice for more information.

Manassas High Baseball Schedule 2012-2013

3/04/13         4:00     Scrimmage @ Craigmont

3/18/13         4:00     East High @ East

3/20/13         4:00     Whitehaven @ Whitehaven

3/21/13(1)     3:00     Douglass @ Manassas

3/21/13(2)     4:15     Douglass @ Manassas

3/22/13         4:00     Ridgeway @ Ridgeway

3/25/13         4:00     Raleigh-Egypt @ Raleigh-Egypt

4/01/13         4:00     Middle College @ TBA

4/04/13         4:15     Kingsbury @ Kingsbury

4/15/13         4:00     Westwood @ Manassas

4/08/13         4:15     Kingsbury @ Manassas

4/10/13         4:00     Raleigh-Egypt @ Raleigh-Egypt

4/11/13          4:00     Ridgeway @ Ridgeway

4/17/13(1)     3:00     BTW @ Manassas

4/17/13(2)     4:15     BTW @ Manassas

4/18/13          4:15     Mitchell @ Mitchell

4/22/13         4:00     Whitehaven @ Whitehaven

4/23/13         4:00     Melrose @ Melrose

4/24/13(1)     3:00     Frayser @ Manassas

4/24/13(2)     4:15     Frayser @ Manassas

4/28/13          4:00     Middle College @ Manassas

 

 

Kroger Makes Donating to Oasis Easier; Sign Up Today!

January 09, 2013

We appreciate all of you that have participated in the Kroger gift card fundraiser for Oasis of Hope! Recently, however, the program has been completely redone and it is now much EASIER for you to donate!  Kroger no longer uses the old reloadable gift cards for fundraising, but instead now has customers simply register their Kroger Plus card and designate Oasis of Hope to receive up to 5% of your entire purchase!

It’s SO SIMPLE … and yet the funds are SO HELPFUL!

Register online. Scroll down and click the green “Enroll Now” button.

– If you have already have an online Kroger account, sign in on the left side of the screen.

– If you are a new online customer, click on SIGN UP TODAY on the bottom right of the screen.

– Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering the requested information.

– After registering, you will get a confirmation message sent to your email inbox. Click on the link within the body of the email.

– Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

– Click on Kroger Community Rewards information and “EDIT Kroger Community Rewards Program info”.

– Update or confirm your information.

– Enter name of organization (Oasis of Hope), or NPO number (80469) and select organization from list and click on confirm.

– To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

– Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

– Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Although there are a lot of steps in this process, once you are registered, there is nothing else to do! Every time you use your Kroger card for groceries or gas, Oasis will receive up to 5% of your shopping total! It is an easy way to give to our organization. Thank you so much!

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Donate Your Old Furniture and Donate Money to Missions

January 08, 2013

Donations Needed for Hope Again – 2nd Chance Boutique

Hope has an exciting new opportunity to help impact our city and world for Christ! Maybe you’ve wanted to increase your involvement in Missions at Hope; but timing, money, logistics, safety or cultural barriers have prevented it? Here’s your chance to help raise funds for things like: sending missions trips overseas, or increasing urban discipleship, or providing development funds for the neighborhood around Oasis of Hope.

Through a slightly upscale thrift store business model (near the church), Hope has seen other churches raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for missions.

BUT THE KEY IS YOU!

This will never work without the generous giving of our Hope Church body:

1. Donating your gently used furniture, kitchen wares, clothes, appliances, toys, decorations, etc. Please no junk that you just need out of your attic though. From your closet to ours, clothing should be washed, no stains and on hangers.

2. Donating your time will to help run the store. Without 150+ regular volunteers the store will not be able to operate efficiently and effectively.

We need your commitment to move forward with this venture. We’d like to open in March 2013. Please email us to show your support and how we can count on you. Involvement options are as follows (all skill levels welcome!!):

Yes, I can donate my gently used items to the thrift store. I will bring my donations to the church or store unless physically impossible. A tax donation will be issued.

We need things like gently used furniture, lamps, art work, decor items, kitchenware (pots, pans, dishes, glassware, utensils, appliances), bedding and towels, in season clothing (children’s, teens & young adults)

Drop off your items at the Hope Again trailer in Hope’s South parking lot M-Th from 9-4p and during all worship hours on the weekend (tax forms are available at the trailer)

- Yes, I can volunteer time at the store. The best times for me are (indicate Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun; mornings / evenings / afternoons). There will be flexible time options, including Saturdays.

– Areas that interest me are:

Store Set-up (construction, painting, decorating)
Sales/Cash Register
Sorting/Cleaning
Furniture Touch-up/Repair
Pricing
Display/Ambiance
Floor Help/Customer Service
Pick-Up and Delivery/Warehouse
Managerial Assistance/Phone/Email/Dispatch
List Retail Experience _____________________________________ (We especially need volunteers with retail experience)

NAME:_______________________________________________

PHONE:______________________________________________

EMAIL:_______________________________________________

For more information or to donate items, call Hope Again at 901-507-1950, or email Terrice.

Oasis Basketball – A Disguise to Teach Life Lessons

January 08, 2013

Our desire is to use basketball as a means to teach deeper life lessons like community, selflessness, ambition, and perseverance … as well as building relationships with the players during a critical time in their lives. We hope to instill a drive to win in life and not just in basketball.

Martell Hixson, Oasis Youth Developer, coaches the young men and said, ‘The guys are slowly transforming from a group of disconnected individuals into a cohesive unit.’

If you have a heart for basketball, we would love to have you support our team! Contact Martell for more information.