Here is a glimpse of what the seniors have been up to this past month alone:
Recently 17 men and women participated in a field trip from North Memphis to the suburbs to visit our partnering ministry store, Hope Again-Second Hand Boutique. This was especially touching because some of the funds raised from Hope Again benefit Oasis programs, like the Senior Program. It was meaningful to witness this cyclical support of ministries working together, supporting one another, and benefiting from the drastically reduced prices in the store! Treasures were discovered such as clothing, jewelry, purses, belts, ties, home decor, bath products, and new friendships were forged! A second trip is already in the works for those who wanted to attend but could not.
And speaking of field trips, in conjunction with the Aging Commission’s requirement of providing high impact, educational outings that allow seniors to experience local resources and cultivate knowledge, upcoming regional trips are being planned to visit Sikeston, Gatlinburg and/or Hot Springs! Last month they enjoyed attending a Senior Expo, Africa in April, and visiting Casey Jones’ Country Store and Restaurant!
Other exciting news is that the Oasis Senior Program recently received an additional $10,000 to implement an improved fitness program! These funds allow us to offer additional exercise classes like therapeutic massage, water aerobics, or weekly wii games to help improve overall health and wellness.
Another touching interaction recently happened between partnering ministries when the Senior program was given a very special donation so that our senior men could enjoy a little pampering at an In-House Men’s Retreat! This was sponsored by Dr. Tom Carrier, Hope Church volunteer, after his visit to Bickford in September during the Urban Plunge. Keusi Donald, Master Barber and Stylist from Rone’s Hair Gallery, gave haircuts, shaves prayer, and education to several deserving men. We are grateful for Dr. Tom’s gift that meant so much to so many!
So, although succinctly describing what we ‘do’ is hard to summarize, one thing is easy to point out: our Senior Program is growing and our seniors are on the move living longer and living stronger!