New Program for High Schoolers Begins: ‘Life Builders’

January 23, 2014

powered-for-life-2012-100x1Life Builders is a program designed to help inner city students from Manassas High School with career planning and goal setting. Throughout the school year, students will prepare and develop a portfolio that includes important personal information such as transcripts, report cards, college and job applications, grant letters, and personal goals. The program is being facilitated in partnership with Oasis’ Youth Director, Martell Hixson, and the Men’s Group from Hope Church, who will mentor individual students by helping to hold them accountable for assignments and graduation requirements, as well as exposing them to various career fields of interest.

When: Every 2nd & 4th Monday, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Where: The Green House

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

Bearwater Park Phase 1: Done and Debt Free! Now Phase 2

January 23, 2014

bearwater-park-100x116We are singing God’s praises this year as He has provided the means to complete the First Phase of Bearwater Park! We were committed to paying back the final $70,000 on the construction loan by December 31, 2013. Some donors had graciously given a $35,000 matching grant to help us get there. Well, on December 30, we were still more than $20,000 short of being able to pay off our loan. We decided to wait to see what came in on the last day and talk about a miracle – not only did enough come in on that final day to cover our debt, but there was even a little left over to go to the ministry! God is SOOOOO good.

Over the course of this now 6 year project, through the grants from the City, help from foundations, and gifts from generous donors we have been able to complete the first 10 units – 4 single family homes and 3 duplexes. Nine families have moved in and call it HOME! Some of the children and adults living here are involved in our programs. In addition, our Youth Developer, Martell Hixson, has moved into one of the homes to be in the community as well and have a deeper impact on the youth he serves.

Click here to view a video about the project and see more of the story behind the scenes.

The development continues … we just received a partial grant from the State of TN to build 4 more homes! The entire site can hold up to 51 homes, so stay with us as we continue to seek God’s help in transforming our community into one that families want to call home and brings glory to the Lord by building one house at a time. We will need to raise more than $100,000 as a match to this grant, so your prayers and contributions will continue to be earnestly sought.

The development is a blessing on multiple levels. Families in our low income neighborhood now have quality, affordable places to raise their children. They have immediate access to all the services and opportunities Oasis provides. Contributions that donors gave to the project not only created the homes, but now any rent above maintenance and reserve needs can go back into the ministry. In essence, your financial gifts keep on giving!

If you are interested in filling out an application to live in one of these homes, please contact our management company, Northern Inc at 901/526-7155 or stop in at there office located at 62 Union Ave.

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

First Ever Warrior Princess Retreat at Hope – So Fun!

January 23, 2014

2014-1-wp-retreatOur Warrior Princess retreat held at Hope Church was a big hit with the girls! We had 11 young ladies and lots of volunteers who enjoyed three days of fun, faith and fellowship. The girls participated in games, group discussions, sewing lessons, LOTS of great food and laughter! Pastor Craig’s message about dreams on Sunday was very timely and inspiring. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that made this “dream” a reality for us and the girls!

Our Warrior Princess Program  has been designed for girls living in an urban, underprivileged environment and focuses on teaching them life skills and spiritual development that will empower and benefit them for years to come. Through this ministry, girls learn important lessons on health/fitness, self defense, healthy cooking, basic sewing, etc. We need financial donations to help cover program expenses since we offer this club at no cost to participants, and we need volunteers to assist during bi-weekly club meetings and to mentor the girls. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact Terrice or complete our Volunteer Sign-Up Form.

Who: Young ladies in grades 3-6
When: 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Bickford Community Center (map & directions)

Think Tank’s Awesome KIPP Business Class Begins Again

January 17, 2014

student-taking-test-100x116THINK TANK:  We are excited to begin our Spring 2014 Think Tank business classes at KIPP middle school. Think Tank teaches 7th grade students  business and entrepreneurial skills. Classes are each Friday (Jan. 10- April 25th) and have three slots 9-11am; 11-1pm; and 1-3pm.  We need volunteers for each of the classes. The purpose of the Think tank class is to teach 7th grade students business and entrepreneurial skills.  If you are interested in helping please contact Terrice Thomas (terrice@oasis-of-hope.com, 527-0074).

Two Current Educational Needs for the New Year; Join us!

January 16, 2014

student-with-mentor-100x116KIPP MIDDLE SCHOOL TUTORING: Want to make a difference in a young person’s life? Consider being a tutor for one of our KIPP Middle School students next semester. One hour of your time per week can really give a child that extra boost they need to succeed. Tutoring slots are available M-Th from 4-5:15 pm at the school, 230 Henry Ave. Contact Brenda for more info: Brenda@oasis-of-hope.com, 496-5516.

READ-2-SUCCEED: We’ve had a great fall semester in Read-2-Succeed, but could still use more volunteers on Tuesdays or Wednesdays! We meet once a week from 4:30-6 pm at our ministry house located at 932 N. Sixth Street for one-on-one reading with elementary students. It’s rewarding and fun! Contact Brenda for more info: Brenda@oasis-of-hope.com, 496-5516.

It’s Ladies Night(s) at Urban Plunge! Feb. 27-March 2

January 15, 2014

memphis-neon-sign-web110x11We are offering a very special Urban Plunge for ladies only (guys – you’ll have to wait to join us on the next Plunge in the Fall)!

Spend 3 1/2 days with Eli and Hope’s Urban Staff on our upcoming Plunge where you will hear the heart of our urban leaders and have your eyes opened to the many great things taking place in our city. You will leave changed and with a new outlook on the City of Memphis as you experience life in the inner city as well as cultural landmarks famous to Memphis’ civil rights history.

Cost is $100 for Hope members and long-time attenders or $175 for non-Hope members. Sign up online or email Di for more information.

2nd Annual Oasis Family Appreciation Dinner-Feb. 26

January 15, 2014

2014-familyappdinner-100x11Please make plans to join us on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Bickford Community Center, 233 Henry Avenue, for a special dinner to show our love and appreciation for the families of our youth! Come and enjoy good food and fellowship, and learn more about Oasis of Hope and the many ways we are engaging in the community.

Also planned – a candlelight vigil immediately following the dinner at the Green House to dedicate the Karen Durham Memorial and Scholarship Fund. You don’t want to miss this memorable evening as we celebrate and build upon the legacy of community fellowship left by Ms. Karen!

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.

We Reflect on the Life-on-Life Relationships From 2013

January 14, 2014

oasis-vbs-2012-100x116Just a few of the numbers from the ministry are below:

Children/Youth Ministryevery week we are life-on-life with:

  • 35+ elementary children through programs like Read 2 Succeed and Warrior Princesses
  • 130+ middle school students through programs like ThinkTank, Pathfinders and tutoring
  • 50+  high school youth through programs like Ambassadors, Young Life and mentoring
  • 150+ backpacks were distributed to students in need
  • 29 youth had the life impacting experience of summer Bible camp
  • 400+ youth were touched through the Easter Egg Hunt, VBS, Summer Baseball & Fall Festival
  • Youth Developer, Martell Hixson, moved into neighborhood to have a deeper impact
  • 260 families had a happier Thanksgiving through the affordable purchase of our baskets

Much of the credit goes to the 50+ volunteers that make youth ministry possible!

Employment – 10 adults were employed (p/t) through, Oasis Appliance, Bike Shop, Sweet Shirt & Toy Store

Housing – 10 new, affordable housing units completed at Bearwater Park

Personal Finance – 164 family tax returns filed for free, representing $381,000 in savings (credits and fees)

Life Skills – 20 adults graduated our “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by Kind of World” course

Seniors – 90+ senior citizens were served through our daily social services program

Getting Ahead Graduate Takes that Next Step

January 12, 2014

2013-12-getting-ahead-100x1One of the Getting Ahead graduates, Tamara Williams, was very apprehensive when she first started the class.  She was very quiet and didn’t really give much input.

“I was shy because I didn’t like reading in front of people, and I was worried the class would judge me.”

But toward the middle of the class she really opened up.  Her confidence increased and she became one of the star students…so much so that the class voted her “most improved”.  She even started working on her goal of getting an associate degree. She enrolled in Remington College to get her Nursing Assistant license.

The class teaches individuals living in poverty how to set goals for their lives, through self- assessment and financial literacy. This year’s graduation included an address by our very own Oasis board member, Deborah Harrison. Congrats to Tamara and all the Getting Ahead graduates!

Bearwater Park (Phase One) has had a Phenomenal Year

January 08, 2014

bearwater-park-100x116We are singing God’s praises this year as He has provided the means to complete the first Phase of Bearwater Park!

Through the grants from the City, help from foundations and gifts from generous donors we were able to complete the first 10 units – 4 single family homes and 3 duplexes. Nine families have moved in and call it HOME! Some of the children and adults living here are involved in our programs. In addition, our Youth Developer, Martell Hixson, has moved into one of the homes to be in the community and have a deeper impact on the youth he serves.

The development is a blessing on multiple levels. However, we do still have a relatively small balance to pay in order to have phase 1 completely debt free and any donation would be greatly appreciated.

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