We Are Hiring A Ministry Director to Join Our Team!

April 28, 2017

Blackboard with the text We want youWe are *more than excited* to announce we are ready to hire additional staffing to enhance our staff and outreaches!

We are hiring a Ministry Director!

Following are the details of the job. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Terry Hoff, our Executive Director with your resume (contact information below). For our prayer warriors, please be in faithful prayer about bringing on the person God knows is the perfect fit! Details are:

Department/Ministry: Oasis of Hope
Job Title:
Ministry Director
Reports to: Executive Director of Oasis of Hope
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Type of Position: Full-Time

General Description: This position will be an essential part of Oasis of Hope with the overall responsibility to: Oversee the ministries coordinated by the staff, including ministry direction, evaluation, and staff/volunteer relations; with an emphasis on making disciples. In addition, adult outreach will be a main responsibility (discipleship, life/skills, connection with Hope City Church).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Love and be a follower of Jesus Christ
  • Adhere to the Core Values and ministry philosophy of Oasis of Hope
  • Be a Servant Leader – the main responsibility is to serve the staff so they can succeed
  • Provide leadership to the staff, in area of ministry impact, making sure our energy/resources are utilized to their potential
  • Conduct program evaluations (in conjunction with the responsible staff person), offering suggestions for improvement and assisting them in making the necessary changes
  • Lead weekly staff meetings (in partnership with Executive Director), providing Biblical motivation and making sure staff are on the same page and ministry calendar
  • Run ministry outreaches for adults in the community, including discipleship & life-skills
  • Correspond and work with various departments of Hope Church & Hope City Church
  • Respond clearly and promptly to all calls and emails
  • Organize and prioritize work flow
  • Have a “whatever it takes” attitude and a passion for urban ministry

Skills and experience requirements:

  • Have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word).
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, handle multiple tasks, and reassess priorities as necessary.
  • Energetic, exceptional organizational skills and a positive outlook.

Education Requirements:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred. Minimum of 5 years of related experience. . Church ministry experience is preferred.

Other:

  • Participate in weekend ministry assignments, as needed
  • Compile/maintain basic ministry schedule/calendar from all departments
  • Have a working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and post as assigned
  • Others duties as necessary

To Apply: Send a resume & references to: Terry Hoff, Executive Director, terry@oasis-of-hope.com, 901/438-6600, fax 901/527-0053; 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38018.

Download a PDF of the job description: Oasis of Hope Ministry Director 2017 3

For more information about our ministries, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check out our website for detailed information.

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.

Bearwater Park, Oasis of Hope, and Memphis Habitat

September 04, 2016

bwp-collage-2016-8How Oasis of Hope & Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis Came Together on Bearwater Park: A Story of Faith & Why This Nine-Year Project Was Worth the Struggle

By Terry Hoff, Director of Oasis

2001-2006: We as a ministry, reached out and began developing relationships with youth and families living in the old Cedar Court Apartments (now Bearwater Park), which was the largest apartment complex in the neighborhood (18 buildings and 122 units). During those five years, we learned intimately that many of the problems on Seventh Street and our entire community (such as violence, drug use, and rampant gangs) were originating from Cedar Court. In 2006 one of our youth, Lil Van, was shot and killed right outside the complex.

2007: Our youth baseball coach, Mike Timmons (who also worked in real estate investment), saw Cedar Court come up for sale on public auction. He bid on it and won! We then took the biggest leap of faith to-date as a ministry and decided to buy the complex despite being very concerned over the debt we would incur to acquire the property, not knowing our ability to obtain the grant funding necessary to redevelop it. We bought it anyway and Cedar Court was now ours!

2008-2010: We worked tirelessly to rehab the complex – we had countless volunteers (many of you were there!) and more than 30 large construction dumpsters that were filled with sheetrock and debris from the buildings as we hammered, and stripped, and hauled away rubble in hopes of doing the demo grunt-work ourselves. All the while we applied for grant after grant, with no success.

2011: God provided a generous grant through the City of Memphis to get started on the redevelopment! However, it came with a MAJOR string attached: it required new construction, not rehab. I then had the humbling duty of letting all our staff, volunteers, and community know that all their hard work on the complex was now going to be demolished and removed from the site; HARD! God knew better than I did though and new construction would be significantly better for the community in the long-run. In addition to the grant, the City of Memphis came alongside us in partnership by donating the demolition of the old complex. It was exciting!

2012-2013: This first tedious step in being awarded grant money is only a part of the challenge in redeveloping an entire subdivision. Countless meetings with engineers, architects, the developing partner (Promise CDC), city departments, and community gatherings – not to mention the myriad of delays with the demolition and other complicated hoops to navigate – the Phase 1 project seemed like it would never be complete. But thanks to the generosity of many donors, as well as, Hope Church, the 10 housing units of Phase 1 were completed in July of 2013, debt free! Families began moving in!

2014-2015: It was back to applying for more grant applications for Phase 2, but unfortunately the federal government suffered a significant recession and the money for affordable housing wasn’t nearly as available as in the past. We were successful in being awarded a small grant through THDA (Tennessee Housing Development Agency) allowing us to build 4 more homes on the site, as well as, some infrastructure funding through the city.  As grateful as we were for this, it was realistically a drop in the bucket to be able to redevelop the remaining vacant land at the site (80% of the subdivision). As I was becoming resigned to the fact that I would be 91-years-old and still trying to build homes in the subdivision, along comes another blessing to save the day!  Mutual friends at MLB-Uptown LLC connected Oasis with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis to see if there might be a win-win relationship possible.

2016: They were definitely right – Oasis and parent ministry, Hope Church, could not be more delighted to partner with Memphis Habitat and be a part of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project to bring 19 new homes to the community, which will bring us much closer to completing our Bearwater project! To say it is an honor to work alongside these people and this organization is an understatement! God is so good to bring all things together that we had NO power to accomplish on our own. To Him be the glory for all that has taken place and all that will happen in this new place for many families to call home. We look forward to building relationships with the new home-owners who will move in soon and are grateful for all the progress, growth and interest happening in North Memphis!

More opportunities to help build!

Even though we will wrap up building these 19 homes with Habitat this week, Oasis will be building 4 more homes beginning in September and we’d love to have your help! If you missed volunteering this week, you still have an opportunity to grab a hammer and say that you were a part of this transformational project!

Building affordable homes is an important step to helping families live stable, healthy, and safe lives, although Oasis of Hope has numerous other ministries and programs as well! If you would like more information on how to get involved with our housing program or one of our many youth programs, community events, businesses, or senior citizen program, check out our website or contact Terry. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter and Instagram for daily updates. We’d love to plug you in to this growing and exciting neighborhood!

You’re Invited to a Community Cookout Saturday, July 16!

June 14, 2016

Join the fun as we gather together as a community with our Memphis Habitat partners this Saturday! The Oasis Bike Shop will also be holding a Bike Rodeo for the kids!! Join us!!

fall-fest-web500When: Saturday, July 16
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Bickford Community Center
Cost: FREE! Hotdogs & lemonade will be served.

Information will be shared about:

- Habitat for Humanity’s plans in Bearwater Park for this Fall
- Oasis of Hope’s yearly activities and ministries available for youth through senior citizens

See you Saturday!!

If you would like more information regarding this specific ministry see our Bearwater Park page or contact Crystal. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Hail to the Chief! Oasis and Habitat Week: Aug 21-27

April 27, 2016

web176x176The 2016 Jimmy & Roslalynn Carter work project is coming to Bearwater Park this summer!

Every year Habitat for Humanity and President Carter chose ONE location around the world to make an impact in providing quality/affordable housing. This year it is in partnership with Oasis!

Mark your calendars for the week of August 21 – 27. There will be many volunteer opportunities to build and serve those doing the building. You may even bump elbows with a celebrity or two.

We so thankful that God connected us with Habitat and are beyond honored that our neighborhood has been chosen to receive this blessing. Connect with us on social media and our website to receive the latest updates on the progress.

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

Oasis and Hope Partner with Habitat for Humanity!

March 01, 2016

habitat-oasis-banner-web500Oasis of Hope and Hope Church partner with Habitat for Humanity in building 25 new homes for families in Uptown/North Memphis!

Through a strategic partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, God is paving the way for many families to have new, quality, and affordable places to call home.

Today, November 2, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, announced that Oasis’ site, Bearwater Park, will be the focus of their 2016 build (read Habitat’s Facebook post here). This means that 25 new homes at our subdivision will be going up to complete the next building phase, bringing our total to 35 homes! We are beyond honored to partner together to make a significant difference in our North Memphis community!

There will be numerous volunteer opportunities to work on this project alongside the former president and other habitat-oasis-eli-rufus-tercelebrities in the new year (such as Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood who were also present today).

Please join us in praying for this outreach and that the myriad of details will come together to make this a reality, and that God will connect the families of His choosing to be able to call this new subdivision a warm neighborhood and home.

Get your hammers ready!

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.

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

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.

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