Oh Boy Oh Boy! Bearwater Park is Nearly Finished!

April 22, 2013

2013-4-bearwater-park-100x1Seventh Street in North Memphis has been known for bad stuff … drugs, gangs, and deaths. Just consider the words from 36 Mafia’s rap song:

North Memphis where I’m from, I’m 7th street bound
Where people all the time end up lost and never found

So the ability to tear down the old apartments that attracted such crime and replace them with Phase 1’s ten, beautiful, brand new homes that are family-friendly is extremely exciting for us at Oasis! To date, the construction crew is putting on the finishing touches to the outside of the homes and is working feverishly putting the fixtures, cabinets, bathrooms, etc together on the insides!

We have felt a lot of excitement in the community and have received numerous applications. We hope to begin moving families in starting in May through June. Stay tuned to watch when this happens!

So, as Phase 1 wraps up we of course are now looking to Phase 2 (we have scheduled 4 Phases to complete the entire project). However, this means hours and hours of time researching and applying for grants and securing funding to begin building the Phase 2 infrastructure. If you believe in what we’re doing and have a heart to help us with grants or to give financially, we would sincerely appreciate your support! Contact Terrice for details.

Read-2-Succeed Has Worked Hard; Now Let’s Play Hard!

April 21, 2013

read-2-succeed-rollerskatinA word from Brenda, our Children’s Education Developer:

First of all, let me tell you how much I appreciate ALL of you!! I really do brag about you guys all the time, because Read-2-Succeed volunteers are unmatched in terms of dedication, heart, and diligence for our children.

This year has been full of changes and adjustments, and I truly appreciate your patience and flexibility as Donna and I have tried to refine the program in order that we help our children improve their reading skills to the best of our abilities. Next week we will start planning for 2013-2014 and I’d love your feedback and ideas.

Here are our plans for the upcoming week – I hope that you can join us for all the festivities!!

ROLLER SKATING & CiCi’S PIZZA, SATURDAY, MAY 4:

As you have already probably noticed, this is a FAVORITE of our kids! *Unfortunately we are not able to set up transportation for this event because the company we normally use is totally booked this weekend for MusicFest, so we will need help with drivers! If you can drive, please let me know.

10:45 – meet at the Cut, and depart at 11:00
11:30-12:30 – CiCi’s Pizza, 1425 Germantown Pkwy., Cordova 38016
12:30-2:30 – roller skating at Cordova Skating Center, 7970 Club Center Dr., Cordova 38016
3:00 – arrive back at the Cut

END-OF-THE-YEAR PARTIES: Monday 5/6, Tuesday 5/7 & Wednesday 5/8 from 4:30-6:00pm

This will be our last time to meet together for the school year, and we will have our end-of-the-year parties during our regular times. Weather permitting, we will have a picnic and some outdoor games.

Here is what we need in the way of food for each of the 3 days: pizza or other fun food, drinks, sweet treats. If you are able to bring something, just let me know!

This week is going to be fun! Thanks for everything you all do! - Brenda

Oasis Bike Shop Hosts Bike Rodeo in Frayser

April 20, 2013

oasis-bike-shop-thumbnail-1The Oasis Bike Shop not only meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays to promote a healthy lifestyle and to teach bike repair to local kids, but we also organize or participate in special biking events in the Spring, Summer and Fall.

This coming Saturday, April 27th at 9:00am we will be hosting a Bike Rodeo in Frayser at New Hope Christian Academy (JK-6th grade), 3000 University St  Memphis, TN 38127,  where we will be providing a bike safety course and taking loaner bikes for kids to use.

We will need 8 volunteers, and if you are interested in joining us, please come!  These kids are wonderful and it will be a very rewarding day!  Contact Bill for more information.

Baseball Team Ends Season Early – We Wanted You to Know

April 18, 2013

web-fav-IMG_3720You – our Oasis supporters, volunteers & staffers obviously do what you do because you care deeply about making a difference in the inner city.

Despite our influence however, sometimes things happen out of our control. Through a relatively mild game event, an incident occurred causing their baseball season to come to an early close. Our coaches will continue to work with the players & are using this disappointing outcome as a teachable moment.

We wanted you to know why the game schedule will no longer be posted. Please keep the team and their coaches in your prayers! They will be taking the team to see “42” the Jackie Robinson movie as another teachable moment.

How Hope Again Came to Be – See Before And After Pics

April 18, 2013

grand-opening-collage2-webThe idea of collecting donations from church members and using them to open an upscale thrift store conceptually came from a church in Virginia that Pastor Craig visited over a year ago. While Craig was there he discovered that from this little store, the church was able to utilize volunteers’ time and donations, and raise significant funds to be used towards missions.

He shared this vision with staff, and soon business plans, budget projections, location analyses, etc. were in the works. In December 2012, Craig made an announcement to the church about this new venture and asked people to begin cleaning out their attics.

Location of the store, as always, was key, and since Hope members would serve as the main volunteers as well as be donating their gently used items, it was very important to position the store near the church. After the location was secured, the interior store space needed to be designed. Skilled carpenters helped build in the dressing rooms, bathrooms, office space, hanging rods, register counter, display tables, and beautiful flooring.

Then volunteers got to work painting, locating display fixtures, and setting up a huge sorting and receiving bay to clean. fix and organize incoming donations. Interior designers, IT specialists, retail managers, and more have worked tirelessly to make the store look and run beautifully. A key goal in this endeavor was to be UPSCALE … with quality stock, pleasant lighting, good smells, a warm atmosphere, and a department store feel.

So, after about a year of behind the scenes work, Hope Again is now officially open to the public! If you would like to get involved in the excitement and help raise money for local, national and global missions, you can do the following:

  • Donate your gently used items
  • Volunteer your time in our store (sign up online)
  • Scout for deals to bolster our stock or
  • Shop for a cause in our store

Location: 1140 North Germantown Parkway, Suite 110  |  Cordova, TN, 38018
(Near Cordova Malco Cinema between International Market and Humdinger’s)
T: 901.752.0074  |  www.hopeagainmemphis.org  | www.facebook.com/hopeagainmemphis

Store Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Donation Drop-offs: For your convenience, there are four ways to drop off donations:
– at our store receiving bay (Suite 101 behind Humdinger’s) on M/W/Sat from 10a-4
– at the white semi-trailer in the South parking lot at Hope Presbyterian Church from Monday-Friday 9a-4p
– at the white semi-trailer in the South parking lot at Hope Presbyterian Church during all worship hours on the weekend
– let us know if you have large items needing picked up (call 901.527.0074 or email Terrice)

Three ministries of Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018 joined together to make this store a reality: Oasis of Hope, Hope’s Urban Ministry, and Hope’s Global Outreach.

Our Tax Volunteers Saved Residents over $380,000!

April 12, 2013

Oasis-VITA-100x116Who knew that accountants, who had a heart for ministry, could make such a huge impact on a neighborhood?! Our VITA team (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) has done just that and has proven that whatever your passion and skills are, they can be used to make a difference in other’s lives!

For the past three months, they have been setting up in the Bickford Community Center two days a week to file residents’ taxes the right way, and for no cost! All of this adds up to a LOT of savings for disadvantaged families and keeps that money in their pockets for things like food and rent!

Doug Edwards, VITA Coordinator, reported the following totals for this year’s tax season:

– We went out with a bang this year doing 22 returns on the last two days.
– We processed a total of 164 returns, up 13% from last year and exceeding our goal of 150. This is also up over 21% over the past 2 previous years.
– We had an economic impact of $381,068, up 17% from last year and exceeding our goal of $350,000. This is up 28% over the past 2 previous seasons.
– Our final efforts involved 291 man-hours over the season.

Without a doubt, we continue to get the word out in the community and more people are being positively impacted by this heartfelt ministry to do God’s work for North Memphis residents and provide them with free, honest tax preparations.

Thank you to our tax volunteers for the time and hard work you have put into making this another successful season!

‘Getting Ahead’ Class Teaches About the Effects of Poverty

April 08, 2013

getting-ahead-class-100x116We are excited to again offer this excellent 7-week life skills and financial literacy course to North Memphis residents titled:

“Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World”

Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday, April 2-May 16, from 10:00 am-Noon at the Bickford Community Center and is designed to help participants examine the effects of poverty on their lives and within their community. It also gives practical information on how to use current resources to help reach specific goals in life.

DONATION OPPORTUNITY:

You can help by donating gift cards from Kroger, Subway, Visa and the like. The gift cards will be given to the participants as rewards and incentives. You can also make financial contributions to help us purchase supplies and gift cards. Please make checks payable to “Oasis of Hope” and write “Getting Ahead” in the memo line, or give online at oasis-of-hope.com.

For more information, contact Terrice.

Upgrading Your Bike? Donate Your Old One & Give it New Life

April 03, 2013

oasis-bike-shop-bicycle-100This ministry brings together mentors along side of kids from the inner city, and takes in used or new bikes in any condition and refurbishes them when possible to be reused by those in need. Bikes that are not repairable are used for parts. This ministry is not just focused on the kids but also those adults that have no other form of transportation. The bikes are typically earned through doing some type of supervised community service. All bikes earned through this method come with a bike lock, helmet and a safety class.

Additionally, we are focused on taking the youth on outdoor field trips to parks or through bike trails in safe, beautiful settings contrary to riding on the streets where they live. Our desire is to expose our bikers to opportunities beyond the inner city that they can own for themselves.

There are many ways to support this cause or to get involved. You can:

- Donate a Bike
– Work in The Bike Shop
– Join us for Group Rides or
– Shop in The Bike Shop

 

See The Oasis Bike Shop for detailed information on any of the above.

April 23-26 Volunteers Needed to Serve as TCAP Proctors

April 03, 2013

student-taking-test-100x116Below is a schedule of times when proctors are needed at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, 951 Chelsea Ave. There are still quite a few classes that are not covered! Please contact Brenda (or call 901-496-5516) by Friday, April 12, to get signed up!

Testing Dates & Times:

April 23, Tuesday / 8:45-10:45 OR 10:30- 12:30 OR YOU MAY CHOOSE TO DO BOTH
April 24, Wednesday / 8:45- 12:00
April 25, Thursday / 8:45- 12:00
April 26, Friday / 8:45- 12:00

FedEx Volunteers to Help at Hope Again’s Soft Opening

April 03, 2013

hope-again-fed-ex-500webWhat a great day we had last week for our soft opening!

One hour before opening and clothes still needed to be sized, floors dusted, windows washed, and music setup to play. We were gifted several volunteers to assist us from The FedEx Cares Team who acted as Hope’s extended family and intuitively began doing all these things. Before we opened the doors, we began with a prayer that Hope Again and its volunteers would be in God’s hands.

As a steady stream of customers came in for the first time, the FedEx Cares Team greeted them with the warmest of welcomes. The Fed Ex Team even submitted paperwork for Hope Again and its mission to be entered into the ‘FedEx Cares’ competition for a possible prize donation of $1000 for the store.

We felt like we had made new friends and want them to know how much their bright personalities lit up the store. We hope to see them again anytime they’re in the area! – Store Manager, Diane Raburn

Please join us for our Grand Opening, Tuesday, April 16th at 10am and shop for a cause!

1140 North Germantown Parkway, Suite 110, Cordova, TN, 38018
(Near Cordova Malco Cinema between Intl Market & Humdinger’s)
901.752.0074  |  Manager: Diane@hopeagainmemphis.org
Store Hours: Tues-Sat: 10a-6p; Thurs: 10a-8p; Closed Sun & Mon
www.hopeagainmemphis.org   |  Like us on Facebook
View a photo gallery of our store

There are many ways you can get involved in this exciting new venture:

  1. DONATE your gently used furniture, kitchen wares, appliances, toys, art, clothes (washed, no stains, on hangers please), etc. We are looking for nice quality items. Bring donations to our receiving bay (Suite 101 behind Humdinger’s) on Mon/Wed/Sat between 10am-4pm, or to the truck in front of Hope during the weekend services.  If the items will not fit in your car, contact terrice@oasis-of-hope.com or 901.527.0074 to schedule a pick-up.
  2. VOLUNTEER to work retail in the store, or in the receiving/sorting bay. Without hundreds of regular volunteers, the store will not be able to operate efficiently and effectively.
  3. SCOUT for deals with companies, stores, real estate sales, going-out-of-business close-outs, etc. that might be willing to donate or drastically reduce goods for pennies-on-the-dollar.
  4. SHOP in our store!

Proceeds from the store go toward local, national and global mission projects. For more information see our website or Facebook page.

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