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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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.

SPARCC – Exciting Opportunities are Beginning!

April 02, 2017

IMG_2527-web800Praise God for the favor He has shown North Memphis. A group of well-known national foundations put out a Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) grant opportunity…and North Memphis was one of 6 locations selected from all over the nation! Recently meetings were held to discuss how this will play out for our community. It will take time with some significant money on the front end to organize and plan out the strategy.

Then there will be another opportunity for program dollars down the road if our plan is one of those selected. Oasis of Hope has participated on the local team trying to organize and move the ball forward. It has been a huge blessing already as many of the stakeholders in North Memphis haven’t taken the opportunity in the past to work together, deepen relationships and seek to better our community together.

The SPARCC program focuses on racial equity, health, and climate resilience…all aspects that need improvement in our part of the city. It will take a lot of time and hard work planning this out, but it’s great work that will have a positive impact on our community.

For more information about SPARCC, see www.sparcchub.org.

– Terry Hoff, Executive Director

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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

We Saw a Miracle Happen in the Form of a God-Given Van!

July 29, 2015

If you have ever helped Oasis with our youth, a service project, a senior citizen outing, a leadership event, attended Urban Plunge, or nearly anything and everything we do at Oasis, then you have probably ridden in or driven one of our old red vans!

2015-6-new-van-web500-2Just this week the Lord has stepped in a provided for a HUGE ministry need we have had for years! For more than a decade, Oasis of Hope has been limping along with a broken down, falling apart, requiring frequent repairs, somewhat unsafe, old red van. It has stranded staff and youth in various places of the city at some of the most precarious times of day.

Forever we have longed for a better ride, but vans are expensive! For a while we had a second old red van that helped when this one was unreliable. However, a couple of years ago the backup van bit the dust and we were once again left with our still limping, still unreliable ‘main’ van. Our staff has begged to try to find the money for a new van after being stranded time and time again…but our budget is always tight and we always seem to have 50 more important financial needs in front of this one.

Then … a couple months ago the main van died a final death, never to rise again. This hit at a tight financial time for the ministry and we were not able to purchase a replacement. Staff and volunteers temporarily scrambled to get students and seniors where they needed to go by using their own vehicles (no easy task when transporting 20 youth or 40 senior citizens!).

So, we started to spread the word, asking people to pray for a solution, and to see if anyone knew of a good, used van for sale. WREG News Channel 3 read a tweet we posted and did a story (watch the clip) on our van woes! Following this TV exposure, we received a call from a couple that had seen the report and said they had the perfect van for us and were willing to sell it for a very reasonable price! We looked at it and drooled over it, but they were unable to donate it and we were unable to afford it even at their more-than-fair price tag.

2015-6-new-van-tweet-web500Then a few days later, it came to our attention that there was money ‘leftover’ in one of our grants that HAD to be spent by June 30 or forfeited! Now people … this has NEVER happened before!! We ALWAYS use every penny! So we inquired if we could use some of this ‘extra’ amount toward the purchase of a new van even though this was not in our original proposal for the grant. The answer came back that we could!

WE WERE JUST GIVEN A NEW VAN YA’ALL!!!

We believe God cleared the way for the approval of this vital expenditure and granted us favor to get it. We are now proud owners of an almost new 14 passenger van (more like a mini bus!) with great room for youth and equipment, as well as, easier access for our wonderful senior citizens!

Thank you to those of you who have asked about this need, prayed with us, and have even been willing to donate towards it. The grant paid for the majority of the expense and we were able to find budget for the remainder. Just praise God with us and hope that it will provide for our transportation needs for years to come and allow ministry to keep happening.

Those old red vans were surely FILLED with memories and in a way, will be missed. However, NONE of us will miss the breakdowns, the stalling engines, the jumps needed, the torn interior fabric, the cassette players, or the fires (ha!)! We will savor this new gift and will gladly, respectfully ‘beat it up’ too by promising to fill it with inner city kids, with parents, with seniors, and with ministry volunteers until it too dies a fulfilling death!!

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL!!

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.

Donate to Oasis Without Writing a Check: Kroger & AmazonSmile

June 01, 2015

kroger-logo-110x116Kroger Asks You to Re-Enroll Your Desired Non-Profit: Shop at Kroger and Donate 3-5%! Old concept; quicker process!

As of January 1, 2015, 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 now 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.

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.

Invest in the Next Generation; Sponsor a Kid to Attend Camp

May 27, 2015

octavious-and-sharice-110x116 of 34 kids have been sponsored ($215/ea) as of 5/27/2015! Camp starts June 7th.

Are you frustrated about our youth dropping out of school, broken teenage families, drug use, and gang violence defining our city?

We are encouraged to be working towards a solution to these heartaches … an investment that is offering our inner city kids a new, Biblical model that they are affected by and listening to. We are prayerfully planting visions in their minds of believing that they can truly BE the next generation of indigenous leaders who return to North Memphis and demonstrate leadership, Godly living, and hope for the next generation.

This process involves a ton of time, love, investment and relational trust that is slowly built over many years. Oasis of Hope has been in the neighborhood now for 14 years. We’ve had the chance to work with kids from childhood to adulthood and are now listening to their ideas for change and leadership.

One of the things these new leaders, like Octavious Johnson, are saying is this: Send our youth to Bible Camp: Offer them this powerful opportunity & exposure!

Octavious was hesitant when Oasis went with him to camp for the first time in 2009. He even tried to back out at the last minute, but ended up experiencing the life-changing urban camp with a mission of “building urban leaders by encouraging, equipping and empowering urban youth and their mentors through camping and education.”

He had never gone to a camp of any kind, never zip-lined, and didn’t know how to swim. He loved tubing on the lake and sitting around the bon fire and making friends from other states! These were all new experiences that he conquered over the next four years as he returned and grew both spiritually and emotionally. He remembers during a scavenger hunt event he carried other kids through the obstacle course and was later selected as their leader! From this experience, it sparked leadership qualities in him which he has continued to grow and develop.

But Octavious’ most memorable camp moment was when he surrendered his life to Christ! His camp counselors shared the Gospel with him which sparked an “aha moment” in his life motivating him to return to Memphis and live differently.

Today, Octavious is a leader amongst his peers in North Memphis and just completed his first year at Lane University (YAY OCTAVIOUS!!!). He encouraged his family to rearrange their summer schedule to make sure his younger sister, Sharice would be able to attend camp this summer like he had as a teen.

And now Octavious wants to give back … and eventually be an Adult Counselor at camp himself.

HOW EXCITING!!!

But it costs each student $215 to attend.

We have 34 kids that we have built relationships with, have worked with through various Oasis programs, feel they will benefit from camp, and are willing to send our staff and volunteers to counsel them through the awesome emotional process of the overload of the amazing experience of camp, but we need financial sponsors to help us pay each youth’s camp cost.

North Memphis is an ‘under-resourced’ community in our city. This means that families and kids living here aren’t offered the same opportunities as other kids around town. There are zero expectations that they will be taking a trip to the ocean, or Yellowstone, or experiencing a month – or even a week – of fun at a camp of any kind.

Being gifted a chance to attend camp … BIBLE camp … in another city, and even more exciting in another state, is a VERY big deal to kids who have most likely barely even left their own neighborhood.

We are interested in transforming urban youth in our city to impact their communities for Christ. We are interested in developing leaders like Octavious … and Shirice!

If you believe in this mission too, we’d love your support and prayers. Campers leave June 7th and return June 13th.

Donate online or send us a check. THANK YOU for being part of this movement to transform!

Make Summer Meaningful and Dive In to Many Opportunities

May 20, 2015

2013-6-vbs-shelby-farms-100Summer Opportunities for Involvement:

– Assist during VBS, June 29-July 1
– Repair bikes and mentor youth at the same time by joining the Oasis Bike Shop team
Youth Service Projects with Hope & Oasis youth
– Volunteer time at the Hope Again Boutique or Oasis Appliance stores
– Build friendships with our senior citizens during their daily program
– Teach our Warrior Princess middle school girls a life skill
– Participate in one of our many fall youth programs
– Coach local youth during Summer Baseball

Current Opportunities to Give:

– Sponsor 1 of 34 youth to attend Summer Bible Camp ($215/each)
– Give financially without writing a check; Designate Oasis of Hope on your Kroger Community Rewards or AmazonSmile accounts
– Donate items to Hope Again Boutique, Oasis Appliance, and the Oasis Bike Shop

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.

Bearwater Park – Pray that the Transformation Continues!

September 22, 2013

bearwater-park-100x116Thanks to the generosity of many of our volunteers, donors, the City of Memphis, North Memphis CDC, and others, the Bearwater Park Phase 1 construction is complete!

As we are wrapping up the first phase, we are already working on plans for Phase Two! Please keep us in your prayers as we begin the tedious footwork to raise funds, develop infrastructure and start this massive process all over again.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, we still need to raise a final $50,000 of the $2.1 million project for Phase One, so if you are encouraged by what you see and want to help us cross that financial finish line, you can give online or make checks payable to Oasis of Hope and put Bearwater Park in the memo. Mail checks to Oasis of Hope, 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis TN 38018. Thank You!

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 Terrice. 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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