Working Together To Start a New Food Pantry Partnership!

June 05, 2017

2017-4-food-pantry-web800We are excited about a new ministry partnership happening in North Memphis!

Often times ministry programs develop when one of our connected volunteers sees a need and is moved to help fill a void.

This is how Oasis Appliance began, and our Warrior Princesses program for middle school girls, and now … a food pantry aimed at assisting 60 North Memphis families whose children attend Memphis Scholars Caldwell Guthrie (MSCG) elementary school.

This came about after a volunteer reading tutor who works with students several days a month personally witnessed numerous students suffering from a lack of nutrition. Her heart was moved, she shared this need, and several partnerships began working together to do something about it! MSCG, Mid-South Food Bank, Hope City Church, and Oasis of Hope combined forces and have just begun to serve 60 families who will receive groceries and toiletries through this initiative. The food component of this mission has become an added value to MSCG’s new outreach center which also includes a clothes closet and washer and dryer.

2017-4-food-pantry-(13)-webSixty families have been carefully identified and are personally invited to receive the bi-monthly box of groceries and toiletries. This means that 30 families will be served every other month for the next 12 months (including the summer). Grocery boxes may consist of items such as canned fruit & vegetables, beans, cereal, juice and milk.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

In an effort to keep the boxes of food consistent, we are in need of financial donations to support this ongoing mission! Family boxes of groceries and toiletries cost approximately $25/each due to buying in bulk and utilizing assistance from organizations like the Mid-South Food Bank.

Donations can be made online or checks can be sent to Oasis of Hope, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018. Please list ‘Food Pantry’ in the memo.

WHEN IS THE FOOD DISTRIBUTED?

This outreach is available every 2nd Saturday of the month from 11am-12pm, by appointment only.

We are grateful for the tender heart of the volunteer who looked way beyond her important mission of reading with students, and not only spoke up, but has now put into motion a practical, helpful program that will make a BIG impact in the lives of 60 families! That is what ministry looks like!

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact Crystal at (901) 527-0074 or Crystal@oasis-of-hope.com. For more information about our other ministries, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check out our website for detailed information.

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Thanks Hope Church For Bringing Hope to N Memphis!

June 02, 2017

bringing-hope-web800Urban ministry is all about partnerships because without them, the vision to make an impact is too vast! So, when Hope Church shared that they were committing to a daily intensive reading and lunchtime manners program in a school we have been investing in for years too, we were THRILLED! It’s been great to see the students at Caldwell-Guthrie Memphis Scholars Elementary in North Memphis being loved on from many angles!

Hope’s new program – “Bringing Hope” – did just that this year! Thanks to Program Leader Jacqueline Smith’s vision & understanding of classroom needs, volunteers answered the call to show up weekly to be a source of encouragement & support to teachers. Each volunteer committed to serving one hour a week during Reading Block in the same classroom through out the year. Working with a small group of students, Hope volunteers read with students & utilized guided instruction to enhance reading comprehension skills.

As always, volunteers soon learned that as they encouraged students & teachers, the rewards were reciprocal. Seeing students improve their reading comprehension & grow their desire to learn is rewarding enough, but becoming part of the community at Memphis Scholars Caldwell Guthrie is priceless.

Thank you Hope!

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact Kathleen. For more information about Oasis of Hope’s ministries, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check out our website for detailed information.

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Join us for The Easter Experience April 16 at Noon

March 10, 2017

oasis-easter-egg-hunt300We are thrilled to once again partner with Hope City! Pastor Cooper will be providing an inspirational Easter message during a time of teaching and worship, including special music, and even door prizes and a raffle drawing! Parents can sit back and enjoy a time for adults, while we watch the kids, teach them a Bible lesson, and take them on a quest to fill their baskets with eggs and candy.

Bring your friends and neighbors and come out to celebrate the meaning of Easter, have fun with the kids, and get to know Community Pastor Colley and his family.

Date: Easter Sunday, April 16th
Location: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, 951 Chelsea Ave.
Time: 12:00pm

test-100x116Get Involved: If you would like to be involved in helping, we can use your help! You can either volunteer your time, or donate items for the hunt:

  • Volunteer your time to help with the kids
  • Donate baskets, plastic eggs, candy (no chocolate please; it melts), or stuffed eggs taped shut (Look for drop-off bins at Hope Church)

This is going to be a great community building event and we’d love to have you help us spread the word and join us Easter Sunday! If you would like more details about the The Easter Experience, contact Jasmine.

If you’d like more information about our other many programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

Bringing Hope to Readers at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary

December 01, 2016

bringing-hope-web800“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Lila Watson

And with that vision, a new and deeper partnership to invest in North Memphis students has begun between Hope Church and Caldwell-Guthrie/Memphis Scholars Elementary under the leadership of School Director, Janai Douglas!

Students in North Memphis need this investment. Why?

– Because only 33% of students are proficient/advanced in reading
– Low reading levels and high drop out rates are directly correlated
– 4% of students are reading at the college readiness rate
– There is no federal funding for remedial courses

What is Bringing Hope’s goal?

With an intensive commitment to work on student’s reading skills, it is Director Douglas’ goal that due to this investment 70% of students would increase their reading level for 1.5 years each academic year with a program like this!

bringing-hope-9-14-2016-webHow can you help?

Through volunteer-led reading groups, teacher-led whole group instruction, and small group instruction, together we can help kids reach this lofty goal of improving reading levels by 1.5 years per each academic year!

What does volunteering look like?

Volunteers only need to commit to being in the classroom one hour per week, and to read with the same group of 5-6 students all year for 20 minutes of that time (the rest of the time will include collecting and reviewing tutoring materials prior to assisting). Books and discussion questions will be provided and will be assigned by the teachers. The objective each week will simply be to improve or heighten reading comprehension. We will initially begin working with younger classrooms, but will grow to assist with K-5.

Make a difference and sign up!

It’s easy to get started! All you need to do is email the coordinator and let us know you’d like to join the team! You will receive a needed background clearance link, and following this step, will be contacted to help you find a time-slot that fits your schedule. Slots begin at 9am and continue until the school day is over, Monday-Friday.

Reading begins September 12th!

This is a program offered and organized by our parent church, Hope Church. We are thrilled they are providing such a focused investment within Oasis of Hope’s North Memphis boundaries! We are so excited for the future of this community! If you would like more information regarding this specific ministry, contact Marcia.

Toy Store Pop-Up Shop Was So Much Fun! Thank You!

November 30, 2016

fav13-web800Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 was an amazing day!

Oasis of Hope partnered with Hope City Church & Hope Church to host the annual Oasis Toy Store as a One Day Pop-up Toy Store due to a fire earlier in the year at the Oasis Appliance & Furnishings store where we normally house the toys over a two-week period. On this one day alone we were able to host approximately 150 families with approximately 5 children per family, impacting around 700 children ranging in ages from 2 months to 16 years of age!

Not too shabby for ONE day! God is Amazing!

fav4-web800I would like to extend a sincere heartfelt THANK YOU from myself and Oasis of Hope first to our “elves”… ALL OF YOU from Hope City Church and Hope Church who donated toys or volunteered your time! We could not have done any of it without you helping to setup, price toys, help families with their packages, etc. Pastor Colley Cooper…you are a true gem! Hope Church congregation….THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! Without all of your wonderful donations this toy store could not be this successful! What YOU donated is appreciated not only by Oasis but also by the North Memphis families whom we desire to support in providing a memorable and affordable Christmas for their children.

I personally want to thank you all again & look forward to the 2017 Toy Store and the joy & blessings it provides during the Christmas season to so many. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

– Toy Store Director, Melissa Orr

Toy Store – Remaining Toys at Oasis Appliance & Home!

November 08, 2016

Toy Drive Promotion12/11/2016: We have brought all remaining toys from the Oasis Toy Store to the new location of the Oasis Appliance Store (3154 Thomas Street, Suite 2, Frayser, Northgate Shopping Center, Tel:  901.577.0013, www.facebook.com/OasisApplianceAndHome ). Come & get some incredible deals!! Toys priced at 75% less than retail prices!

Due to the fire at Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings, we will be offering a one day Oasis Toy Store Pop-up Shop on Dec. 10th! Oasis of Hope and Hope City Church are partnering together to bring the joy of Christmas to our North Memphis neighbors! Through your generous gifts, our annual Toy Store empowers parents to provide new toys with dignity for their children at a fraction of the cost. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to Hope Church now through December 8th and drop them in the marked barrels across the campus. We will need lots of volunteers to help set up, run and cleanup.

Store hours will be 10am-5pm on Saturday, December 10, at Caldwell-Guthrie School, 951 Chelsea Ave.

Toy Ideas (really just think about what you want to buy your own child and buy two!):
– Games like: Uno cards, board games like PieFace, Monopoly, Life, Connect Four, Sorry, Twister
– Other ideas: Barbies, Monster High dolls, My Little Ponies (Pinky Pie, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle)
– Transformers and Legos!

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

For questions contact Melissa Orr or for more information or to donate online and let us do the shopping for you, 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.

 

School Supply Drive Lists are Out! Adopt a Student Today!

July 20, 2016

Backpack Drive:back-to-school-drive-100x11

We know the thought of heading back to school conjures up a lot of emotions; there is excitement, anxiety, tighter schedules, and the fun of reuniting with classmates and friends. However, in the inner city, it often also means financial concern about being able to even afford one new uniform, or finding money to purchase a backpack or notepaper. If surprising a child with a backpack full of beautiful, new, school supplies sounds like a fun way to bless a student, we can connect your gift with kids who really need it!

This is your chance to shop for a cause! While you’re out buying school supplies for your own children, consider picking up a few more items to be passed on to less fortunate students from one of our partnering inner city schools who have helped us formulate the school supply lists (below) for various age groups.  It takes a little effort but makes a big impact!

Backpacks of supplies can be dropped off at Hope Presbyterian Church from now until the end of July; look for the bins/carts that say ‘Backpack Drive.’

If you would like us to do the shopping for you, you can donate online or make checks payable to Hope Church and write ‘Backpack Drive’ in the memo.

Uniform Drive:

We often know kids who have one uniform to wear at school, as well as throughout the summer. We’d love to send these kids to school dressed in NEW uniforms!  This year, our neighborhood schools have asked for help in stocking their depleted school clothing closets, so that students are able to get items that they don’t have. Your monetary donation (donate online) will enable us to “shop in bulk” to help out these students and the school clothing closets.

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

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SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS:

Kindergarten

Backpack
6 pocket folders
1 glue stick
1 bottle of Elmer’s glue
2 boxes of crayons-8 count
1 pkg washable markers
1 pair scissors-Fiskar blunt tip
12 #2 pencils
4 fat pencils
2 Kindergarten tablets
1 pkg 3×5 index cards
1 bottle anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Grade 1

Backpack
4 folders with pockets
4 folders with pockets and brads
2 glue sticks
1 bottle Elmer’s glue
1 box crayons-24 count
1 pair scissors-Fiskar blunt tip
24 #2 pencils
6 1st grade tablets
2 black/white marble composition books
1 pkg washable markers
2 pink erasers
1 spiral notebooks
2 steno pads
1 bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Grade 2

Backpack (no rolling backpacks please)
1 box of crayons (no more than 24 count)
24 #2 pencils
2 glue sticks
1 bottle Elmer’s glue
1 pair scissors
1 3-subject composition notebook
2 70-page spiral composition notebooks
2 boxes of Kleenex tissues
1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags
5 2-pocket folders (no prongs)
1 box of markers, thick point
2 soft vinyl 1-inch 3-ring binders
1 Steno notebook
1 pkg wide-ruled notebook paper
1 spiral notebook
1 Steno pad
1 bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Grades 3, 4, 5

Backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
2 glue sticks
1 box colored pencils
1 pair scissors, Fiskar
1 box crayons, 24 count
1 pkg ink pens (blue, black & red)
1 pkg washable markers
3 spiral notebooks
2 pkgs notebook paper, wide rule
8 folders with pockets & brads (assorted colors)
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
2 composition books
1 box Kleenex
1 bottle anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
1 box Ziploc bags (gallon or quart size)

Grades 6, 7, 8

Backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
1 eraser
1 pair scissors, Fiskar sharp tip
6 spiral notebooks, 1-subject, wide rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 bottle of glue
2 glue sticks
1 box colored pencils, 24 count
1 protractor
2 red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 pkg colored markers
2 pkgs notebook paper, wide-rule
1 ruler with inches and centimeters
1 Steno pad
1 3-ring binder 2″
2 pkgs dividers
1 pkg 3×5 index cards

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Draw string backpack or regular backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
1 eraser
6 spiral notebooks, 1 subject, college rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 box colored pencils, 24 count
2 yellow highlighters
1 protractor
1 pkg red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 pkg colored markers
2 pkgs notebook paper, college rule
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
1 steno pad
1 – 3 3-ring binder, 2″
2 pkgs dividers

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

Ms Outstanding Teen Devotes Her Platform to Inner City Kids

May 06, 2016

gabby-web500Every now and then, someone comes along who challenges my thinking and makes me intrinsically want to do better, do more, and be a better person. Today, I am challenged by an amazingly inspirational 15-year-old (did you hear me say FIFTEEN people??!!) actually speak louder than her perfectly stated pageant expectations. Take notice!

Gabriella Genereaux is the reigning 2016 Miss Shelby County Outstanding Teen as of January, and despite seeing a lot of these titles myself, I have to say she TRULY is proving herself to be even *more than* outstanding!!

Winners of such a prestigious titles are expected to have a platform they believe in passionately, make a difference in their communities, and be ready to carry it out with a fierce plan. Gabby desires to “help inner city children in as many ways as possible.” Well … Oasis of Hope is more than blessed for her kind of dedications because she IS making a difference in North Memphis week after week!

More specifically, Gabby’s platform is “Love Never Fails, based off of 1 Corinthians 13 which tells us love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. My passion is working with inner city children, and no matter what I do with them whether it be playing on the playground, or simply just talking with them, the most effective thing of all is just showing them love.”

Gabby … thank you for LOVING our kids!!!!!

Currently, Gabby is mentoring Saniaa in Oasis of Hope’s Read-2-Succeed program, a weekly commitment where she invests in a relationship with Saniaa as well as promotes her increased educational capacity through reading together and improving her educational skills, and investing in her spiritual well-fare as well (after-all, she is working with an Oasis program).

And this is just the beginning. Gabby has lots of additional ideas!! As well as collecting over 2,000 donated books for the Oasis of Hope reading library, she also has plans to use those books for a ‘Little Free Library’ project where she and her dad plan to build poles to put up in North Memphis where families are encouraged to take a book/leave a book. Watch for details on this!

She also has a ‘Bike-a-thon” in the works, scheduled for Shelby Farms in partnership with the Oasis Bike Shop to raise money for inner city kids who desire to attend Bible camp this summer at KAA (Kids Across America). Stay tuned for details about this as well and be sure to support her efforts by being involved! This is compassion, and education, and spiritual development, and physical fitness combined!!!

So Gabby … we are your BIGGEST fans!!! Even if your future titles don’t go exactly as you planned, we see that you are a total SUPERSTAR in North Memphis!! Thank you dearly for your platform involving the investment in Oasis of Hope kids … we absolutely believe they are WORTH it!!!!

Pastor Coop Recaps the Easter Service In His Own Words…

April 10, 2016

web3-215x215 Check out Easter Extravaganza pics here.

What an awesome God we serve!

We had an amazing time on Easter Sunday; our Easter Extravaganza was a great success! We experienced rocking praise and worship, a radical word, and a remarkable egg hunt for the kids.

For me personally, the highlight of the day was not the turnout of 350 men, women, youth and children, but the highlight happened when I felt lead to break away from the service and check out the parking lot which was filled to capacity to my surprise. As I was outside, I noticed two young adult females walking away from the lot out the back gate. I immediately engaged them by asking, “Hey! Where are ya’ll going?”

One of the ladies replied as I introduced myself, “I don’t have on the right clothes. I didn’t know this was a church service. I need to go change because I don’t want people looking at me and talking about what I am wearing.”

web4-215x215At that moment it became apparent to me why I had been lead to slip outside. It was a moment that God would have no one else to seize, but the Pastor of this “New Kind of Church!” I comforted the young lady with these words, “We’re not that kind of church. You can wear whatever you have to wear. We won’t judge you. This will be the kind of church where all are welcome to come just as they are. No one will judge you here because it is God’s job to judge us all.”

My words assured her, and we went into the building to worship. That moment confirmed for me that God has us in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons in North Memphis.

Many more stories happened on Sunday and more can be shared by others who also witnessed moving interactions. We’d love to hear other thoughts, highlights, and experiences.

Undoubtedly, I especially want to say, Thank you to all that made this day a success. Thank you to everyone for their prayers and support!

web2-215x215Remember these words, “Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has entered into the hearts of men, what God has prepared….”

Stay tuned for updates on what is next for the church plant as we reach new milestones, with a goal of launching in the fall of 2016.

Blessings,

Pastor Coop
North Memphis Church Plant

Easter Extravaganza! Egg Hunt and Worship Service March 27

January 15, 2016

oasis-easter-egg-hunt300Something extra special will be happening this year during the Annual Oasis of Hope Easter Egg Hunt!

We are thrilled that Colley Cooper, Pastor of the North Memphis Church Plant, will be providing an inspirational Easter message during a time of teaching and worship, including special music, and even door prizes and a raffle drawing! Parents can sit back and enjoy a time for adults, while we watch the kids, teach them a Bible lesson, and take them on a quest to fill their baskets with eggs and candy.

Bring your friends and neighbors and come out to celebrate the meaning of Easter, have fun with the kids, and get to know Community Pastor Colley and his family.

Date: Easter Sunday, March 27th
test-100x116Location: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, 951 Chelsea Ave.
Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Get Involved: If you would like to be involved in helping, we can use your help! You can either volunteer your time, or donate items for the hunt:

  • Volunteer your time to help with the kids
  • Donate baskets, plastic eggs, candy (no chocolate please; it melts), or stuffed eggs taped shut (Look for drop-off bins at Hope Church)

This is going to be a great community building event and we’d love to have you help us spread the word and join us Easter Sunday! If you would like more details about the Easter Extravaganza, contact Terry.

If you’d like more information about our other many programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

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