Before Another Minute Goes By…I Want to Thank our Staff

July 18, 2013

360nashville-urban-youth-woA word from Terry Hoff, Oasis Director

Working at Oasis of Hope isn’t ‘just a job’ for our employees. Oasis staffers have sought after their respective positions because they are passionate about the areas they work in and are all heart about making a lasting difference in the lives of the people they serve in North Memphis!

It is absolutely our prayer to truly connect with people, establish deep and long-standing friendships with our neighbors, and that our presence in our neighbor’s lives and theirs in ours would help us all to feel challenged to live at a higher calling and convinced that together we are better.

Although we often fail, it is our goal at Oasis to humbly strive to demonstrate Jesus’ love through our own actions and our own level of concern and care for the deep issues our friends and families face in the inner city. Yes, our staff has families of their own to support with time and money, but ministry jobs don’t start at 8a and end at 5p, and personal crisis certainly don’t only occur Monday through Friday.

I just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU OASIS STAFFERS AND YOUR FAMILIES for all that you give, give UP, sacrifice and do that goes unnoticed by the masses day after day! Some of our staff has worked for years in volunteer positions before ever getting paid. Some have agreed to large salary pay-cuts to work for eternal rather than financial payoffs. Some have opened their homes to individuals going through times of transition. Some have relocated to live within minutes of North Memphis or to literally be amongst the first families to occupy a home in Bearwater Park.

We love what we do and despite the challenges and hard days we want you to know that your support of our ministry through your time and/or financial donations is taken very seriously! We are small enough to appreciate that every time a volunteer signs up to help or every dollar we receive is A HUGE GIFT! We are big enough with the help of our wonderful volunteers who assist us on a daily basis to help us make a noticeable investment in North Memphis.

I know I often get too wrapped up in the busyness of life to stop and say THANK YOU but today I am sending out the warmest of appreciation to our priceless staff: Terrice, Brenda, Martell, Orisha, Leon, Andre, Bill, Diane and Karey

Did You Know Oasis Staffers are Students in School Too?

July 17, 2013

oasis-staff-terrice-100x116 Recently, Oasis’ Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator, Terrice Thomas, graduated from the Spring 2013 Leadership Memphis Fast Track program through Leadership Memphis to help her do just that.

FastTrack is a community leadership development program that builds on each participant’s personal leadership skills and expands their Community IQ and helps them gain a stronger understand­ing of how to take Memphis to the next level through an increased understand­ing of self and community, experiential learning processes and exposure to high-profile community leaders and organizations.

Participants in this class are high-potential leaders who are determined to learn and take action to build a better Memphis and are passionate about the Memphis region and are energized by their classmates, who represent a diversity of personal and professional backgrounds. Each class is a strong cross-section of the community, including representatives from the business, nonprofit, govern­ment, academic, and other essential sectors.

Some of the goals of this course were to:

  • Enhance leadership development in the areas of self leadership, leadership of others, team building, and commun­ity awareness
  • Establish contacts within the commun­ity to foster personal growth, network­ing and expanding one’s sphere of influence
  • Experience and appreciate the strengths/assets Memphis has to offer its citizens, as well as the responsibility citizens have for making Memphis a great place to live
  • Explore representative challenges facing Memphis while learning how to be better informed and thereby better understand those challenges
  • Enact change in Memphis by better understanding what makes cities successful and the leverage points Memphis has to compete for talent
  • Engage in community action by out­lining a plan as to how one can best become actively involved in and serve the community

We are grateful to have staff like Terrice who have huge hearts for our community and a desire to keep learning and growing. Congratulations graduate!

We Know It Feels Early But It’s Time to Buy School Supplies!

July 15, 2013

back-to-school-100x116We 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, considering picking up a few more items to be passed on to less fortunate students from one of our many partnering inner city schools who have helped us formulate the following school supply lists 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 28th; look for the bins/carts that say ‘Urban School Supplies.’ For more information contact Di.

 

Kindergarten

Backpack
6 pocket folders
1 bottle of glue
1 tap-n-glue cap (red plastic glue cap)
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

Backpack
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 tablets
1 pkg washable markers
2 pink erasers
1 spiral notebooks
1 steno pad
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
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

Backpack
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

Backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
1 eraser
1 pair scissors Fiskar sharp tip
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 – 2” 3-ring binder
2 pkgs dividers

Mentor A Princess! Final Summer Session-Aug. 17

July 15, 2013

iStock_000011700731XSmallAfter an amazing school year at KIPP Memphis Collegiate school, the Warrior Princesses are gearing up for their summer sessions.

Warrior Princesses is a group for young girls that teaches life skills & spiritual development to youth living in urban areas. Girls in our communities face many challenges with crime, violence, and other forms of negativity all around. We want to equip girls with the skills they need to be self-sufficient. Some of these skills include: safety skills, (both for in the home and for around the neighborhood), basic cooking skills, nutritional skills, and how to handle the growing pains of becoming a woman.

If you are a woman who enjoys mentoring young girls, then this is the program for you! Warrior Princesses will meet every third Sat. ( May 18, June 15th, July 20, & Aug. 17) at the Bickford Community Center from 10am-noon.

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

Youth Mentoring Meets on Wednesdays this Summer

July 10, 2013

snow-cone-oasis-summer-planPurpose:
To continue to build relationships with our middle school students over the summer, and provide a template/framework for future mentoring program in the fall. Our Ambassador high school students would serve as volunteers and team leaders.

5 Wednesdays during summer from 5:30 – 7:30 at Bickford Community Center, plus 2 special outings: July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24

Topic Ideas:
Week 1: Character Development – Personal character qualities that one should develop to be successful in life – i.e. hope, hard work, perseverance
Week 2: A Personal Testimonial
Week 3: Career Readiness – dreams & plans – Opportunity for speaker to share what they do & how they decided; Importance of wrestling what you want to do with your life; Common things that keep people from being successful; Education requirements
Week 4: Community Engagement; Serving in your community
Week 5: Importance of Friendships – Mentors; Peers; The need for you to be a good friend

General Order of Program:
5:30-5:40 – music as people gather & snack time
5:40-6:10 – game time & raffle
6:10-6:20 – talk
6:20-6:40 – small groups (worksheet)
6:40-6:50 – closing talk
6:50-7:00 – raffle
7:00-7:30 – prayer, dinner, raffle & clean-up

Needs:
– At least 4-5 volunteers per night; Help with facilitating games & Connecting with kids
– Food for 20-25 people
– Speakers for career night & character development night; guidelines will be provided
– Donations for raffles; each night we will give away 3 small prizes and 1 grand prize (goody bag with candy & $5)

We will plan on enlisting assistance again from the Hope Men’s Group, the Ambassador High School Group, Volunteers & Oasis staff

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

Plunge Into Inner City Memphis With Us! Sept.19-22

July 01, 2013

urban-plunge-100x116Pack your bags and experience life in the inner city with Eli, Terry, and Sharon during this year’s Urban Plunge September 19-22, 2013.

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!

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, have a work project on Saturday from 8a-1p in North Memphis, and end the entire weekend by attending First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue.

Are you ready to Plunge???

Housekeeping: We sleep at one of our ministry partners in a dorm-style fashion; all the women in one room and all the men in the other. 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.

Space is limited, so register today! For more information and to register contact Di.