Sign Up with Amazon Smile and Re-Enroll Your Kroger Card

February 08, 2017

kroger 275x303Kroger Requires You to Re-Enroll Your Desired Non-Profit Each January: Shop at Kroger and Donate 3-5% without writing a check!

Each January 1st, all Kroger Community Reward Participants are required to renew their organization of choice to receive Kroger reward payments. We are hoping you will choose Oasis of Hope!

It may seem like a small act, but it’s a huge help! Designating Oasis of Hope on your Kroger card allows you to donate to our ministry each time you shop for groceries or buy gas!

For example, if 2,500 people spent $100, Oasis could receive a total of $7,500!

We can do a lot of ministry with that!

It takes about 3 minutes and registering your Kroger Plus Card is easier than ever:

If you already have an existing Kroger account:

  1. Sign in to your Kroger account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details,’ edit your Community Rewards, and search for ‘Oasis of Hope’ (or 80469). Click ‘enroll’

If you are registering your Kroger account for the first time:

  1. Creat an account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Follow the prompts to enter your email, password, & address.
  3. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details’ and designate Oasis of Hope as your Community Rewards recipient by typing ‘Oasis of Hope’ in the Search box (or #80469). Click ‘enroll’

That’s it!

amazon-smile-logo110x116AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Oasis of Hope! Same products, same service!

To designate your existing Amazon account:

  1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com (email/password); click ‘Sign In’
  2. Type “Oasis of Hope” in the search field (Cordova, TN) & select … then Start Shopping! From then on Amazon will remind you to sign in with using the ‘Smile’ site every time you log on.

Shop online via Smile.Amazon.com rather than Amazon.com. Smile.Amazon.com has the same products, prices, and service as Amazon.com, and Oasis of Hope will receive a donation from Amazon equal to .5% of your purchases placed through Smile.Amazon.com.

Invite family and friends from across the country to support Oasis of Hope by designating Oasis of Hope, Inc. on their Amazon account and shop through Smile.Amazon.com.

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Oasis Toy Store 2015; Annnnnnd That’s a Wrap!

January 02, 2016

oasis-toy-store2014-110x116Another year another wonderful Oasis Toy Store experience! 252 families shopped for 1,097 children. Now that will equate to MANY smiling faces Christmas morning! Mary Susan and Tom Capon, along with Melissa Orr did an awesome job coordinating all aspects of the store (and boy there are many).

The 3 neighborhood employees – Danielle, Joshua and Brandon served their customers with a smile that couldn’t help but bring some Christmas cheer…along with retail experience for them and great deals for the shoppers!

Hope Church members and others gave hundreds of toys to line the shelves; Thank You! The Oasis Appliance staff helped with much of the cashier sales logistics this year. It was a team effort and we believe God will be glorified when the kids open their presents this Christmas. Thank you to all who gave toys or help in any way at this year’s Oasis Toy Store. We couldn’t do it without you. Merry Christmas!!!

Plunge Into Inner City Memphis at Urban Plunge-Sept 10-13

June 08, 2015

urban-plunge-100x116Pack your bags and experience life in the inner city with Eli, Terry, and Sharon during this year’s Urban Plunge September 10-13, 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 Megan.

Urban and Suburban Youth Unite Monthly to Serve Others

April 08, 2015

high-five-175x175Throughout the existence of Oasis of Hope we have made it a tradition to take our urban youth groups to the services at Hope Church so that they can experience and encounter God in a way that they might not be accustomed to, as well as to begin bridging the gap between Hope Church in the suburbs, and Oasis of Hope in the inner city.

Now that our youth are getting to know each other, we thought it was time for our combined teens to go out and serve Memphis together in hopes of increasing awareness at the needs everywhere around our city, and also to encourage deeper relationships between the students in both urban/suburban groups.

So, starting in April, we are scheduling monthly youth service projects to partnering organizations like Habitat for Humanity, S.O.S., Mid-South Food Bank, and serving the homeless in North Memphis.

For this month’s service project, on April 11th, we will go to Morris Park and hand out lunches and personal care products to the homeless. If you would like to donate to this project, we will need the following items:

-toothbrush/holder
-toothpaste
-lotion
-shampoo/conditioner
-soap
-face towel/wash cloths

Eventually, the relationship between our two groups will be more than just service projects; hopefully, each group can attend the other’s weekly program a couple times throughout the year. Our ultimate goal is that the students will form lasting relationships that transcend stereotypes.

PARTICIPANTS: Jr. High Youth from Oasis or Hope Church
DATE: Various Saturdays
TIME: 11am-12:30pm
PLACE: Various locations to be announced each month
REASON: To bond urban/suburban youth groups and focus on a common denominator of serving others

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Oasis Family Dinner is this Wednesday, April 15th

March 29, 2015

you're-invited-110x116Who: Families of youth participating in any Oasis of Hope program, mentors and Oasis & Bickford staff
What: Dinner for your whole family on us (it’s free)!
When: NEW DATE is Wednesday, April 15th from 6-7:30pm
Where: Bickford Community Center
Why: To enjoy community fellowship, to honor our participants, and to showcase Oasis programs that can encourage community growth

Families of the youth currently involved in our programs are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Oasis Family Dinner! We would love to treat the whole family to a delicious meal and an entertaining program to celebrate how special you are to us! Mark your calendars and plan to enjoy the sounds of the Angel Street choir, hear a rousing word from staffer Martell, and listen to personal testimonials from students & families who have been involved themselves.

We are looking forward to a fun night of fellowship and mingling, and to inform families of additional upcoming programs/volunteer opportunities we have to invest in more families in North Memphis!

We know that by working together, we will all have a much more profound impact on our community!

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

Impact a Life; Volunteer with One of our Youth Programs

July 01, 2014

2014-read-to-succeed-100x11Probably the biggest need in our city is for your young people to have more positive role models in their lives. You can have a great impact by simply spending a few hours a month with one of our kids. We’ll make it easy; all you have to do is show up and befriend a child.

Children’s Opportunities

Opportunities at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary (951 Chelsea Ave): In-School Tutoring – various times during the week

Opportunities at “The Cut” (932 N 6th St): Read-2-Succeed (one-on-one reading with elementary students) – Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4:30-6 pm

Youth Opportunities

Life Builders High School & Pathfinders Middle School Mentoring Groups (Dramatically impact the lives of young people in the pivotal teenage stage of life by joining us and providing encouragement, support and spiritual guidance) – Monday & Thursday evenings

Warrior Princesses (9-12 yr old girls) – various Saturday mornings throughout the year

For more information contact Brenda (496-5516, Brenda@oasis-of-hope.com) or Martell (246-6010, Martell@oasis-of-hope.com). Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Pray for our Teens This Week at KAA Summer Bible Camp

June 01, 2014

It’s hard to believe, but June is almost here, and the school year is beginning to wind down, and we are gearing up for our summer Bible camp season! In fact, we’ve been making our plans and praying about the children that God would have us include this year, and have our reservations set for 2 camps coming up soon:

UYI Student Leadership Camp – May 30-June 1 at For The Kingdom Camp, Memphis, TN; Theme: “Road to Riches” – Matt. 6:33

Kids Across America – June 22-28 in Golden, Missouri near Branson; Theme: “Redeemed” – Luke 1:68

Last year I received a letter from one of the KAA camp counselors. It really touched my heart, and I want to share just a portion of it:

“I have greatly enjoyed getting to know Marquisha & Mykah the past 2 summers, and I continue to pray for them, as well as the other campers you’ll be bringing this summer. Camp has changed my life and I hope it’s doing the same for them. Thank you for all you do. In Christ’s love, Miss Gil – Galatians 6:10”

That’s the kind of positive role model behavior and Christian love that our children get to experience when we take them to camp, and you all are a vital part of that!

This year we are planning to take a total of 36 young people, and 6 adults, and we humbly ask that you might consider sponsoring a child. $200 will cover their registration and transportation fees ($7,200), but any amount would be greatly appreciated (donate online). In addition, we are asking for prayers for the children.

KAA-camp-web100x116Here are some of the students that are going:

Kayla
Shunterria
Talisha
Tyra
Laderika
Jamie
LaJerrica
Asia
Derrick
Martavious
Robert
Tryon
Exzavier
Montegus
Marshall
Kesherion
Marquisha
Alexus
Mya
Teyanna
Monise
Jeffery
Kevin
Travis
Mario
Daniel
Quanterrius
Octavious
Tillisia
Tonya
Imani
Jada

 

Thank you for all you do to support these children and their families!
Very sincerely, Brenda (Children’s Developer)

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, email Brenda. 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.

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

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