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.

A Fall Fest Twist: 2016 Block Party & Trick or Treat Oct. 29

September 22, 2016

read-to-succeed-spring-breaWe thought this was the perfect year to change things up a bit and to do something a little different … instead of our typical Oasis Fall Festival, we’ve partnered with North Memphis community residents and many of our familiar friends like the Bickford Community Center, Uptown, and Hope Church, in addition to new friends like Hope City Church, the new families moving in to Bearwater Park, and Memphis Habitat!

Although many things will look the same, we are working on several new ideas and will be offering a new location (7th & Unity Lane between Caldwell and Cedar) and providing a Trunk-or-Treat for the kids with tons of candy since we are so close to Halloween!

Please SAVE-THE-DATE for October 29th, 7th & Unity Lane (between Caldwell & Cedar), from 4-7pm. Bring the kids dressed in costumes & plan to attend our Haunted House (no clown costumes please)! Games & doorprizes will be awarded for all ages! Free food! North Memphis residents: Please plan to invite your neighbors!!!

As always, we will need many volunteers and many donations of candy and prizes! Plan to join us and get in on the fun and help us welcome our friends – new and old!

For more information or to volunteer or donate, contact Terry. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Thanksgiving Baskets Are Coming! Get One or Give One

September 11, 2016

Whole Homemade Thanksgiving TurkeySlow basted turkeys, mom’s homemade stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, collard greens, pumpkin pie … mmmmm … is your mouth watering yet?

Each year around this time we start taking Thanksgiving Basket orders for anyone living in North Memphis who’d like one. We start by spreading the word among families currently involved in one of our many ministry programs such as: Read2Succeed, Angel Street Choir, Warrior Princesses, Pathfinders (Middle School Bible Study), Life Builders (High School Bible Study), families renting homes in Bearwater Park/North Memphis from us, those involved in our young mom’s ministry, and of course, all of our senior citizens who are involved in our daily program … and beyond!

A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor – Proverbs 22:9

Here’s what you need to do to order yours:

Join us in worshiping together from 12:00-1:15pm at Hope City Church (Caldwell-Guthrie School, 951 Chelsea Ave) and then register for your basket at the close of the service Nov. 6 or 13. Cost per basket is $5 (cash only) and will need to be turned in at the time of registration.

Pick up your basket after worshiping with us on Nov. 20 at Hope City Church. We’ll be around from 12-3pm with plenty of time to plan your menu for your holiday feast on Nov. 24th!

If you have extra and would like to donate food for the Thanksgiving Baskets:

Drop-off your donations at any of our Oasis of Hope office locations, or Hope Church in the marked carts located across the campus anytime in November, or just leave them behind your vehicle in the parking lot and we will pick them up while you attend Hope Church services each weekend.

Frozen Turkeys – 12 lb max

Cans (Cases, if possible)
– Green Beans
– Corn
– Peas
– Yams
– Vanilla Frosting
– Cranberry Sauce

Boxes
– Stuffing
– Cake Mix
– Instant Potatoes

Thanksgiving Baskets would not be possible without the generous partnership and teamwork with Hope Church and Hope City and the hundreds of people who graciously share any extras they may have. We are grateful to everyone for their partnerships!

For more information, please call Elle Miller at 901-474-9388 or contact Terry. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Support Angel Street – Attend their Fundraising Dinner 8/29

August 20, 2016

MIMbutton-web500Celebrate what we love about our city while investing in the lives of girls from N Memphis. Enjoy an evening featuring a four-course meal while members from Angel Street sing.

DATE: Monday, August 29th
TIME: 6:00-8:30pm
PLACE: Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Avenue, Memphis
COST: $125 per ticket or $1000 for a table of eight (includes $25 gift card to Napa Cafe)

Reserve your tickets today!

Also – we are looking for individuals and companies who may be interested in being a sponsor for this event. Contact us to find out how! For details and more information click here, or email us at info@angelstreetmemphis.com

Thank you to our friends at Napa Cafe!

We Couldn’t Be Prouder; Oasis Will Always Be #TeamTerrian!

February 08, 2016

As exciting as this whirlwind has been for all of us fans, Terrian’s journey on American Idol has come to end, but oh this is just the beginning! Read Terrian’s words below, as posted on her blog about her final appearance on the show. Thank you to everyone for your support and thank you Terrian for being such a beautiful representative of North Memphis, Angel Street, Oasis of Hope, and Hope Church!! We are forever #TeamTerrian!


I vividly remember this day. I physically still feel what it felt like then.

All of us contestants waited anxiously in the holding room on information regarding how The Final Judgement would go down. I did not know what was next.

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All I knew was I poured myself out on stage the night before. I finally knew what it meant to leave it on the stage. I did just that. But was it enough? Was I one they needed for their Top 24?

Many contestants told me they felt it was a “sure thing” I would go through — they were SURE of it, they told me! My response was always, “I don’t know. You never know what they’re thinking.”

Then, the time came. A producer called my name and told me to hurry upstairs, but to take the elevator. I got up there knowing I was about to receive my results.

My heart is pounding as I write this.

My time had come and it was beautiful – black with piercing rays of blue light. I walked down the long, infamous aisle that so many Idol contestants have walked down and there the judges were sitting.

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They smiled as I walked in, but I couldn’t look up  — I was so nervous. I sat down and Keith began talking. As he spoke I thought “They’re about to send me home.” I could feel it because he complimented me 98% of the conversation. The more compliments I heard, the closer I felt myself receiving a “no.”

Then, he said it…  “Unfortunately, it’s a no.”

I felt numb. I continued to smile, but walking away I didn’t know how to feel. I had to walk down the stairs and reveal the news to the contestants and my support team.

My team was turned away from me, so the contestants saw me first. I finally got to where I could reveal the news and shook my head “no.”

There were gasps and then it was pretty quiet. The camera crew was waiting for me at the steps, ready for an interview. But, all I could say was, “I’m sad.”

I’m terrible at speaking while crying, so I kept responses to a minimum or I would’ve sounded like a troll. It was rough and I cried myself to sleep that night.

Reflecting back, I realize something. I took on a challenge that I knew would be tough, so I used the song Oceans as a theme going to Hollywood. I knew it would be something unknown and it would be an experience where my faith in God would be challenged. Receiving the no, is actually where this song should’ve come into play.

Traveling to and from Hollywood and getting in the routine of early mornings, late nights and singing it all day became my comfort zone. It started to become easy to take on, even though there was a great challenge that lied within the whole experience. I’m singing,

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith would be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” (Oceans)

I believe singing this and telling the Spirit to lead me where my trust was without border, was God leading me directly to the “no.” My trust and faith in God was so shaken in the “no.” I could feel it beforehand. I was afraid of hearing “no!” If I heard that, I didn’t know what would be next.

I felt I could sink instead of walk upon the waters of the “no.” There was so much fear, anxiety and pain receiving it. So God took me through a journey of renewed faith and trust in Him.

Here’s where the issue came in — the second time flying out to L.A., I felt my identity becoming more about being an Idol Contestant and less of being a Child of God. It became more of what I was wanting and less of what He was wanting.

In a recent interview, I explained how knowing who you are in Christ is what keeps your sanity in a process like Idol, because if it’s not, you will be hurt — immensely. In that interview, I spoke on what had happened to me back in L.A..

My lack of identity was detrimental to how receiving the no would be.

So, where do I stand now in all of this?

I’m good.

Tune into American Idol to see these beautiful ladies and I kill it for the last round of Hollywood Week It's about to go down. #AmericanIdol #TeamTerrian #HollywoodWeek btw-Sonika, I stole your pic

I miss the experience of American Idol, I miss my Idol friends and I miss the restaurant YALLA! But, I trust God. He is walking alongside me in this journey of walking on waters. I am following His plan, and doing my best to keep my eyes on Him through all of this. Some days are better than others, but I know He has a much better plan for me than I could ever give myself and that plan doesn’t include American Idol.

I am grateful for the “no,” because it needed to happen. I am excited for what He is doing next. It was a great season of life, but that chapter is closed now and it is time to get back to work!

Words can’t express my excitement for the future.

Much love, Team Terrian. Glory to the Giver!

~Terrian

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.

Make an Impact in 2016; Attend Urban Plunge Feb. 25-28

January 20, 2016

memphis-neon-sign-web110x11Spend 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.

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.

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.

Jasmine Went From Oasis Participant to Oasis Staffer!

January 01, 2016

God doe2015-jasmine-web500s amazing things when you submit yourself to His will!

At the inception of Oasis of Hope, I was in the 7th grade at Humes Middle School. My life would be forever changed by the existence of “The Green House” which was a safe haven for all the children of the neighborhood run by Oasis. We were able to go there to hang out and just be kids!

Eventually, we started having Bible studies and other events and the staff and volunteers willingly shared their lives with me and gave me a whole new perspective of the world! At some point in my Jr. High years a shift happened in my mind, and I started taking ownership of my community. From that point on I knew I would be a part of the good changes that would happen in my neighborhood!

In the Fall of 2009 I went away to Union University for college, but due to unfortunate circumstances I had to return to Memphis. I immediately got re-involved with the Oasis programs; everything from Bible Studies to Vacation Bible School, and in the Fall of 2010, I enrolled in classes at the University of Memphis and I received a scholarship from Oasis of Hope to pursue my higher education. I graduated from the U of M in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Supply Chain Management.

My desire was to continue to be involved with Oasis just as a volunteer and pursue a career in business, however, God had His own plans and my time to do my part for God’s Kingdom had come. Through the transition of several different staff members, God was calling me to accept a staff position with Oasis. It took me a moment to reflect over my life to see how God had equipped me for what He was calling me to. In November 2014, I said “yes” to God’s calling for me and obeyed His command. I am now the Middle School Youth Developer! I am willingly sharing my life with the youth in the same community I grew up in, so that God can use me to ignite a fire in their hearts for Jesus! It has been a surreal feeling to see all this come full circle, but it’s only because I chose to submit to God’s will.

Jasmin Martin, Oasis of Hope Middle School Youth Developer

Join #TeamTerrian as Terrian Performs on American Idol

December 11, 2015

terrian-american-idol-400Terrian’s going to Hollywoooood :D!

Now it isn’t every day that you have the chance to meet someone who can say they auditioned for American Idol and met the judges personally! One of our very own talented, young adults, Terrian Bass, whose family has been highly involved in our ministry from nearly the very beginning (like 12 or 13 years), did just that!

Watch here as Pastor Eli interviews Terrian.

Help us cheer Terrian on by spreading the word and tuning in to watch (Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7pm/Fox) in hopes of seeing glimpses of her! If you don’t catch her there, you can enjoy her gifts personally as she helps leads worship on the front lines at Hope Church, helps in Hope’s Youth Department, and mentors middle school girls through Angel Street, a ministry bringing music opportunities to girls in North Memphis!

We couldn’t be any prouder … mostly of the Godly woman Terrian has become and how she continues to use her musical talent as a gift from God (#glorytothegiver)! Take a listen for yourself! Whether she’s singing on tv, or belting it out at the next Oasis event, she’s a gem and we are so thrilled for her!

Stay up-to-date on Terrian’s progress by following her Facebook page.

#TeamTerrian!

Fall is an Important Time to Support Oasis Financially

November 01, 2015

camper-reading-bible-web100This time of year is always challenging financially for the ministry. We are still a couple months out from our year-end donation drive and these are some of the most expensive months on the calendar:

  1. All of our fall outreaches are being launched, requiring materials, food, transportation, increased staffing, etc. The costs of which easily extend beyond an additional $15,000.
  1. You may not realize it, but our Toy Store ministry has to purchase 60% of the toys we sell and that outlay happens over September and October, adding $10,000 in expenditures.
  1. This year we have an amazing opportunity to send staff, volunteers and neighborhood friends to the amazing Christian Community Development Conference (CCDA) for education and encouragement. But many cannot afford the $209 registration fee so we are helping with scholarships which may total an additional $3,500.
  1. We are in the process of preparing Bearwater Park for phase II construction. Even though we have some grant funds for the actual home construction the prep work and engineering plans are in process to the tune of at least $7,000.
  1. Finally, we were blessed with a partial grant to fund the purchase of a ministry van! However, there was $2,400 still to be covered.

We know with the downturn in the market, it isn’t the best time to ask, but if you happen to have the capability of giving a gift to the ministry – the timing couldn’t be better for us. If you would like to address a specific ministry area, let us know. You can write checks out to Oasis of Hope and mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018 (or place in the offering bucket at Hope Church); or you can donate online.

Thank you again for your interest, prayers and support of Oasis of Hope!

Terry Hoff
Director, Oasis of Hope

Back to School Volunteer Opps – Ways to Get Involved!

October 15, 2015

student-taking-test-100x116Curious about us? You’ve been hearing about Oasis for 14 years now, but have you visited our offices and seen our ministry neighborhood? Come be our guest and join us for our Oasis Open House/Neighborhood Tour July 29 or August 26 at 6:00pm and let us show you around! We’d love to share with you the big picture of why we are located in and committed to North Memphis.

Curious if there is a volunteer opportunity that fits you? Whether you like to work with younger kids, older teens, tutoring, singing, biking, Bible Studies, senior citizens, work in retail, or more, we can plug you in, whether you are looking for a light touch entry or are ready to go deep!

Following is a list of numerous ways to get involved. Click here for more details like days/times/locations/contacts for the below opportunities.

Read2Succeed
In School Tutoring at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary
Pathfinders Jr. High Mentoring
Pathfinders Jr. High Tutoring
Life Builders Sr. High Mentoring
Empowerment at Manassas High School
Manassas Football Volunteer Coaching
Lion’s Cage at KIPP Middle School
Warrior Princesses Girls Club
Oasis Bike Shop
Angel Street Choir

Email us, call us, come to our Open House and let us answer your questions. We’d love to have more volunteers so we can expand our reach!

We’ll equip you! We will have a prospective Volunteer Training on August 31 and September 3rd (attend both days) at the Bickford Community Center from 5:30-7pm. During training, you can expect to learn:

– How to build relationships that have consistent impact
– How to develop cross cultural relationships
– Effective mentoring practices
– How to maintain healthy relationship dynamics and boundaries with youth
– An understanding of Oasis of Hope’s vision and mission, and much more!

If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@oasisofhope).

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