Hope Again Has Moved Just Around the Corner

March 23, 2014

hope-again-second-hand-boutHope Again has moved to better serve our customers! Be sure to come check out our ‘new’ storefront!

 *   IMPROVED STORE LAYOUT

 HOPE AGAIN has moved to Suite 101. Still in Cordova Town Center – just around the corner behind Humdingers restaurant and across from Malco Cordova.

New Partnership=Exciting Opps for Boys and Girls!

March 20, 2014

kaa-2013-100x116Oasis has recently  partnered with the Boys & Girls club Technical Training center to provide area youth/young adults, ages 16-21 skills in Culinary, Logistics, and Automotive care!

This partnership is an answered prayer to our ministry providing much needed tangible training opportunities to our youth. These opportunities will enable them to get access to jobs and careers! Participants enrolled in the program will receive training 3 days a week (Mon, Tues & Fri. 3:30- 5:30 pm), including a small stipend.

Oasis will assist North Memphis youth in the enrollment process as well as helping with transportation (when needed).

DATE/TIME: Mon, Tues & Fri from 3:30-5:30pm

LOCATION: Kids will be picked up at the North Memphis Boys and Girls club, 1100 Vollintine Ave, Memphis TN 38107 and brought there and back.

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, email us or call at 901.527.0074. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Urban Summit: Hear What the Nation’s Experts Have to Say

March 19, 2014

urban-summit-2014-100x116THE URBAN SUMMIT 2014

The Urban Summit is the Mid-South’s premiere experience for Urban Ministry Training from some of the nation’s most proven leaders in the field. Join Dr. John M. Perkins, Pat Lawler, Patricia Talton and D.A. Horton will join us to discuss the issues of biblical justice in immigration, health care, education reform, community development and the criminal justice system.

When: Saturday, April 5th

Where: Christ United Methodist Church, 4488 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38117

Time: 8:30am to 2:00pm

Tickets: Regularly $59 but can be purchased for a special price of $29 if you email Terrice

This event is being hosted by Memphis Leadership Foundation (MLF) and Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies (MCUTS). You can also check this conference out at http://theurbansimmit.com for a list of speakers and additional information.

We Are Determined to Get Residents’ Every Penny Back!

March 15, 2014

2014-3-VITA-volunteers-webA ministry that has an extremely tangible impact on our area families has begun again…the Oasis Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) site.

Here families can get their income taxes filed for free! This helps them to get all the earned income tax credits they are eligible for, as well as, save them all the filing fees other companies charge. This saves many low-income families hundreds of dollars every year.

Since its inception, eight years ago, our VITA site has processed 1,310 returns and saved families more than $2,180,000 in tax credits and filing fees! This puts precious dollars back into their households and our community. The impact is not only individual, but positively impacts the entire family and local economy.

The first day we opened this year we filed 23 returns which is the second highest total we’ve ever done in one day! We are excited to be off to a great start!

Thank you to our lead volunteer, Doug Edwards, who coordinates our site and to all of his volunteer team that makes this outreach possible!

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

Eli Honored to the UofM 2014 Hall of Fame! Congratulations!

March 01, 2014

eli-morris2-100x116The University of Memphis, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Alumni Chapter recently announced their list of 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees, and not surprisingly, it includes Dr. Eli T. Morris!

If you would like to honor Eli at the official ceremony, mark your calendar to attend The 3rd Annual CEHHS Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway Hall of Fame celebration on Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 pm.  Join the UofM as they honor exceptional faculty and alumni from their 100+ history.

The cost is $35 for Alumni Association members and $40 for not-yet members. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Chapter’s Centennial Scholarship. For more information or to RSVP, contact bhoyer@memphis.edu or call 901/678-1333.

For a list of all of the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees, click here: http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/cehhs/index.php

Congratulations Eli … and Go Tigers!

 

Oasis Family Dinner/Dedication of Karen Durham Youth Center

March 01, 2014

On Wednesday evening, February 26, Oasis of Hope hosted a special dinner to show our love and appreciation for the families of our youth, and also to give them an opportunity to know more about Oasis and learn how they can get involved.  The dinner was held at Bickford Community Center, and despite the chilly temperatures we had about 100 people in attendance for what turned out to be a great evening of food and fellowship!

Right after the dinner we headed over to the Green House for a candlelight vigil to dedicate the Karen Durham Youth Center and Scholarship Fund. This turned out to be a very special time of sharing memories and prayers, and the mood of the night was beautifully captured in these words written by Eli Morris for the event –

“On occasion, God places people in our lives for a season, and because of that season our lives are changed forever.  Over and over in this building, God used Karen Durham as a life changer.  Within these walls she laughed, she cried, she encouraged, she scolded and she loved.  The Green House was a landing strip for hundreds of young people and it was Karen’s launching pad for her life of service to her many friends in this neighborhood.  Her passion was only surpassed by her compassion.  Her tenderness only surpassed by her toughness.

Although The Apostle Paul wrote this to the church at Thessalonica, Karen could have written these words to the many young people who entered this house…

1 Thessalonians 2:8 NIV

We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

Tonight as an act of honor and appreciation we dedicate this house to God in Karen’s memory as the Karen Durham Youth Center.

Prayer:  Almighty God, we thank you tonight for the life and ministry of your servant and our friend Karen Durham.  We thank you for her infectious laugh, her exuberant love, her passion for justice, and her determination to serve you by serving others.  We dedicate this house to you in Karen’s memory, praying that you will always allow it to be a safe place of hope for the young people in this community.  Finally God, use US to continue the dream that you gave Karen in this neighborhood. Make us ‘doers of the Word’ and not ‘hearers only.’  We pray in the strong name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

It’s time for Easter and … our Annual Egg Hunt Celebration!

March 01, 2014

Spring is officially here, everyone is in the mood for warmer temps, bursting flowers … and a good ‘ole fashioned EGG HUNT! And ours in the inner city is like none other! Come and see for yourself!

We need Volunteers! We need Easter Baskets!

We not only need donations of Easter baskets, Easter eggs (empty or filled with candy), and lots and lots of individually wrapped candy (sorry no chocolate please … it melts), but we also need help hiding eggs, signing up participants, and interacting with all the kids!!

test-100x116This is a SUPER FUN event … very easy and full of joy! We’d love to have you get involved in the fun and energy!

Donating is easy: Donation carts will be located in the foyers at Hope starting this weekend.

- DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 12 from 1-3pm

- LOCATION: Bickford Community Center (233 Henry, across from the Green House)

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

It’s Spring in Memphis…It’s Time for a Bike Rodeo 3/29!

March 01, 2014

bike-shop-winner-110x116BIKE RODEO: Learn how to ride a bike and learn the rules of the road. This bike safety course is designed and implemented (with the help of PTO volunteers) by the Greater Memphis Greenline and Oasis Bike Shop

1. Parent-Student Orientation: Thursday, March 27th at 6 pm in the school cafeteria

2. BIKE RODEO: Saturday, March 29th from 10 am to 1 pm

3. Location: Snowden Elementary Parking Lot

4. Registration Required: Online (link coming soon)

• Participant Needs: Helmet and Bike. Loaners will be available so all those that want to participate can do so.

• Cost: $3/child. These funds are considered donations and will go towards assisting the projects of the Greater Memphis Greenline

• Questions: Please contact Scott Lebowitz, Healthy Snowden via e-mail at scott@inbalancefitness.com