Just a few of the numbers from the ministry are below:
Children/Youth Ministry – every week we are life-on-life with:
- 35+ elementary children through programs like Read 2 Succeed and Warrior Princesses
- 130+ middle school students through programs like ThinkTank, Pathfinders and tutoring
- 50+ high school youth through programs like Ambassadors, Young Life and mentoring
- 150+ backpacks were distributed to students in need
- 29 youth had the life impacting experience of summer Bible camp
- 400+ youth were touched through the Easter Egg Hunt, VBS, Summer Baseball & Fall Festival
- Youth Developer, Martell Hixson, moved into neighborhood to have a deeper impact
- 260 families had a happier Thanksgiving through the affordable purchase of our baskets
Much of the credit goes to the 50+ volunteers that make youth ministry possible!
Employment – 10 adults were employed (p/t) through, Oasis Appliance, Bike Shop, Sweet Shirt & Toy Store
Housing – 10 new, affordable housing units completed at Bearwater Park
Personal Finance – 164 family tax returns filed for free, representing $381,000 in savings (credits and fees)
Life Skills – 20 adults graduated our “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by Kind of World” course
Seniors – 90+ senior citizens were served through our daily social services program
Honoring Ms. Karen: On Wednesday, February 27, we hosted a dinner for our Oasis families in honor of Karen Durham, who went home to be with the Lord. It also gave our families the opportunity to know more about what Oasis of Hope is all about. The dinner was held at Bickford Community Center, and we had about 150 people in attendance for what turned out to be a very special evening. Please continue to pray for Karen’s family and loved ones!
Houses have started to go up! Foundations are poured and 4 of the housing units are framed and progressing fast. Families in the community will have new places to call home soon…thanks to the generous donations of people from Hope, along with the grants from the City of Memphis and Tennessee Housing Development Agency. Click here to view ongoing details & view the progress video.
After Race Report: Thank you to our 325 walkers and runners and 88 volunteers who risked the weather on Saturday and came out to run for a cause! Oasis of Hope is truly grateful for your support! We’ll see you back out on the track next year!
Have a passion for inner city ministry? Have a passion for exercising? Then how about combining the two and helping to raise money for Oasis of Hope by running in the Hope 5K on July 14th at 8am? Proceeds from the race will go toward our Bearwater Park affordable housing project in addition to various other needs. We are looking for sponsors, door prizes, vendors for the expo after the race, volunteers, runners and walkers! Contact Di for more information (507-1920).
Registration: Online <HERE> ends 7-9-2012; Breakaway Running, 1997 Union Avenue; Breakaway Running, 1223 Germantown Parkway. Cost: $18/pre-register, $16/pre-register (MRTC members), $25/late registration (after 6-22-2012), and day of race registrations. Packet Pick-up and registrations (packets will not be mailed): Thursday, July 12th – Hope Church South Foyer from 5-6pm; and Saturday, July 7th (race day) from 7-7:45am.
Race Benefits: Oasis of Hope Ministry: a non-profit, community based Christian organization that encourages life-on-life relationships. It is a ministry of partnerships connecting people across racial and socioeconomic boundaries in the North Memphis neighborhood, 38107 zip code.
Divisions – Male & Female: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Awards will be presented to the: Overall male and female winners, overall male and female master’s winners (40-49), overall male and female grand master’s winners (50 and over), overall male and female wheelchair winners, and three deep to the mail and female winners in the age division. Overall winners are not eligible to win their age divisions. There will be no duplication of awards among the Open, Master’s and Grandmaster’s winners.
For the safety of all participants, NO rollerblades, skates, bicycles or pets are allowed in the race. Walkers may use strollers, but must start at the back so competing runners will not be impeded.
Update on damaged Hope House: Oasis Director, Terry Hoff said, “God has been very faithful. With so many trees down in the storm from June 12th it should have taken days, if not weeks for a tree company to remove the huge tree that collapsed right onto one of our homes. However, Bill Jurgens and Jones Brothers Tree Service were there the next day! The contractor, William Parks, and the insurance adjustor agreed on the repair price immediately without any problems. The contractor has been steady at work repairing the building and has about one week left to finish the job. It was a major project but God protected the family and has worked out the details far better than could be imagined since then. We are very thankful to Him for His provision. And Glen is thankful to get his family back home without major delays.
Posted June 13th: Summer winds blew a huge tree right onto one of the properties built and owned by Oasis of Hope, crushing through the upper level of the house and landing largely in the children’s first floor bedroom on Friday, June 12th.Thankfully, no one was home at the time, although the family (Glen & Toya Lloyd) had been there prior for the majority of the day. Their response in the midst of this shocking event: “We are blessed. No one was hurt and we are sssooo blessed.” Please keep this family in your prayers through the process of reconstruction.