Consider a Year-End Gift For a Great Cause – Grow the OEC!

December 11, 2017

OEC-collage-11-2017We can’t thank God enough for the incredible recent growth we’ve seen (increased staff, huge Bearwater Park build, newly renovated Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings, etc.).

Now we are on the verge of another opportunity that can take the ministry to a new level.

We have struggled with limited space since our inception, but what is a challenge for us is not too big for God! The City of Memphis has appreciated our partnership with them over the years at the Bickford Community Center and has awarded us the opportunity to operate out of their former Head Start space in the back half of the building. This new Oasis Enrichment Center (OEC) will allow us to expand our current youth programs and launch new empowerment initiatives including, a daily after-school program focusing on education, entrepreneurship and technical skills, Bible studies, computer lab, and a safe space for youth to hang out and call their own.

However, this wonderful space has been vacant for many years and needs significant updating (painting, computer/AV equipment, furniture, etc.). Additionally, the expanded outreach will require another van to transport our youth. To the left are some pictures of the current space to help you picture the need and opportunity.

We have had a wonderful first response from some of our committed donors who have made challenge/matching gifts totaling $110,000!

Due to this, your gift will be doubled until we match that amount. Giving us a total of $220,000!

The attached fact sheet gives a little more financial information on the OEC Challenge.

Please consider partnering with us to make the most of this opportunity! You can make a one-time donation and/or prayerfully consider being a monthly contributor to the ministry, as the needs continue throughout the year.

For questions contact Terry Hoff or for more information, visit www.oasis-of-hope.com. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

God’s blessings to you and your family as we celebrate Christ’s birth,

Eli Morris
Board Chair

Terry Hoff
Executive Director

 

Rescheduled to Sept 5: Volunteer/Parent Orientation

July 23, 2017

BWP-Martell-500EVENT RESCHEDULED: Hello Oasis Parents & Partners, due to inclement weather associated with Hurricane Harvey, we will be rescheduling tonight’s Parent & Volunteer Orientation to Tuesday, September 5th at 6pm at the Bickford Community Center.

Please be safe this evening with your families.Considering getting involved? Come be our guest and join us for our Volunteer/Parent Orientation at 6:00pm at the Bickford Community Center on SEPTEMBER 5th and let us share our programs with you!

Curious if there is a volunteer opportunity that fits you? Whether you like to work with younger kids, older teens, tutoring, singing, 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:

Read2Succeed
Warrior Princesses (girls grades 3-5)
Lion’s Cage (boys grades 6-8)
Middle School Club

Pathfinders (Jr. High)
Angel Street

Life Builders (Sr. High)
High School Club
Oasis/Hope City Fall Fest (October)
Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings
Bickford Seniors Program
Hope City Church

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

If you’d like more information about our programs, please email Ellyn (ellyn.gluntz@oasis-of-hope.com), or check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

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Save the Date: Fall Fest is Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1-4pm

July 04, 2017

fall-fest2014-bingo500Please come and celebrate the Fall season with us!

This year we will again be partnering with Hope City Church to bring you a more Gospel-focused Fall Fest that will be filled with all of the fun items you’ve come to expect (like bounce houses for the kids, face painting, games, bingo prizes, great food, etc), plus some exciting new additions like performances by AngelStreet, a Gospel rapper, an encouraging word from Pastor Cooper and much more!

The festivities will happen on Sunday, October 29, from 1-4pm at the Bickford Community Center (233 Henry Ave). This is a GREAT time for every age group! This is an annual event that the community and volunteers look forward to every year! It is also a great way to experience our North Memphis neighborhood and to get to know Hope City a bit more now that they have been around for one year.

We need lots of help to make our annual Fall Festival a success. Here’s what we need:read-to-succeed-spring-brea

VOLUNTEERS: We need help coordinating games, monitoring the bouncy castles, managing the prize table, face painting, food service, bingo calling, etc. You can serve in various areas and during various time slots. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Neko.

PRIZE & CANDY DONATIONS: We also love to bless Fall Fest attendees with the fun of winning great prizes through kid-appropriate games as well as the bingo table! We will be giving away two $50 Oasis Appliance gift certificates, as well as 2 adult and 2 children’s bikes in addition to numerous other prizes!

If you would like to donate prizes (either small or large), please let us know or drop off your items at the Information Desk or Reception Desk at Hope Church (mark donations for Oasis of Hope). We are always looking for items such as tools, towels, blankets, cleaning supplies, Kroger gift cards, Family Dollar gift cards, toys, board games, domino sets, playing cards, jewelry, small electronics, and footballs/basketballs/baseballs. If you’d like us to shop for you, click here to donate online.

Free food will be available! Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies, drinks will be offered.

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 Neko. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

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

April 30, 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

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