Effective ministry often begins by providing a practical, physical solution to someone who is struggling.
The idea of Oasis Appliance began as we tried to bridge the gap between families we worked with in North Memphis who needed help finding basic, affordable appliances/furniture and Hope Church members who had used items to pass on. Initially this process took up a lot of time on our already-taxed small staff to coordinate picking up items, identifying families to receive them, and then making the deliveries.
We definitely realized this was a huge need, however, there was way more demand than there was supply … until companies like Mid-America Apartment Communities and Extended Stay Hotels generously contacted us with amazing offers to donate their used appliances and hotel furniture when they were upgrading entire apartment/hotel properties!
This solution of corporate donations set into motion the creation of a business plan, securing a store-front, and with much anticipation, opening the doors to the public in 2009. Our mission reached far beyond the goal of simply starting a new business, but rather providing a needed product at an affordable price with a warranty, as well as providing job training, employment and to further our reach to people living in the neighborhood. We had already developed relationships with many families who trusted us, and now we had a more dependable way to solve the need for these homes to have reliable appliances.
We quickly outgrew our initial location and were offered a great deal through Belz Enterprises to move into a much bigger space at our present location, 1294 North Thomas Street. Since opening our doors six years ago, Oasis Appliance has been a self-sustaining ministry that currently provides part-time employment for several local men who are learning appliance repair, customer service, and truck delivery. Gratefully we have expanded our corporate donations and currently receive used appliances from the following apartment companies: Mid-America Apartment Communities, Alco Management, Wesley Senior Housing, Fogelman Properties, Estates at River Pointe, Island Park & Harbor Town Square, and Extended Stay America in addition to Hope members.
A few years ago we reorganized the appliance showroom and expanded our furniture show room in order to accommodate additional furniture, household items and electronics as well. This allowed us to not only offer a larger variety of low cost items to people in the neighborhood, but also to utilize furniture items that were donated in addition to merging with Hope Again-Second Chance Boutique in order to provide a relevant ministry directly to the families we are ministering to.
If you are interested in supporting this ministry, there are 3 ways to get involved:
1) Donate your used appliance.
Although we have expanded our product stream, there is still more demand than supply and we are always looking for more partnerships willing to donate to our non-profit (tax receipts provided)! We are especially in need of washers and dryers. If you or anyone you know might be interested in making a donation, please email Dana. We generally arrange pick-ups on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays. Simply provide us your address and phone number and we’ll gladly remove your unwanted item.
2) Shop in our store.
We are open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. We are located in North Memphis at 1294 North Thomas Street (click for directions). Phone 901.577.0013.
3) Volunteer in our store.
There is always work to be done! We could use help selling in our showroom, picking up donations or cleaning appliances.
Oasis Appliance is just one of the many ministries through Oasis of Hope. If you would like more information regarding this ministry or to get involved, email Dana. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.