Helping Young Readers Get READy To Meet Their Goals

June 07, 2017

read2succeed-215x215“READy” is a summer reading program being offered by Oasis of Hope in the month of June at our ministry house, The Cut.  It’s an extension of Read2Succeed (R2S) and only for students (grades 2nd-5th) who attended during the Read2Succeed school year, but who are behind a grade level in reading their sight words & struggle with basic phonic skills.

Many of these students reached their individual goals set by R2S: gained 150 or more sight words from their initially assessed baseline & passed 7 Bench Mark reading comprehension quizzes. Even with this past year’s gains they remain their sight word recognition & reading comprehension is below their grade equivalency.

These students will attend two hours a day, two days a week, for four weeks (Every Tuesday in June: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th from 12p-2p).

Each student will be matched with a coach and receive instruction in phonics, fluency & sight words.  The typical student loses almost 3 months worth of skills over the summer. READy should deter this loss & instead equip them for the new school.

-Kathleen McDonald, Elementary Coordinator

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Kathleen. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

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Check Out Our Read2Succeed Students’ Year-End Stats!

May 24, 2017

R2S2017-1-web800Growing up in Christ…..”  Ephesians 4:15-16

“So we become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the Church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

“Each part”- each faithful volunteer sacrificing one evening for 28 weeks Sept-May to read Bible stories with students, memorize Bible verses, improve vocabulary, gain sight word recognition & increase reading comprehension. “Each part”- students committed to memorizing Bible verse & improving their reading skills even after going to school all day. “Each part”- parents valuing Read2Succeed & reinforcing reading skills & Bible verse memorization. All together working so that the whole body is healthy & growing!!! Together we worked helping each other & grew in our knowledge of God with a love for one another.

R2S2017-2-web800This year, seventeen Read2Succeed students attended 28 weeks of tutoring, once a week with their same committed coach. Students were challenged to learn a minimum of 120 new sight words (Fry Words), pass 7 reading comprehension tests (Bench Marks) with 80% or better accuracy, & memorize 10 foundational Bible verses. Goals were posted on a “Score Board” where they could visualize their progress weekly.  Just as an athlete knows the goal of the game & can visualize their score at any point during the game, likewise, our Read2Succeed students understood what their goals were & how they were “scoring.” Parents were informed of goals & met with coordinators to monitor progress through out the year.

DID THEY WIN??? HOW DID THEY SCORE??

Based on “Team Read2Succeed” having 17 students, one student of whom is not included in reading & Bible memory goals due to special needs and joining in mid-January:

16 students: grades 2nd through 5th grade
17 volunteers
2 Oasis of Hope middle school interns (discipleship at work!)
28 weeks/42 hours
96% attendance
94% of students met or exceeded the Bench Mark goal
100% of students met or exceeded the Fry Word goal
+468 = average number of Fry Sight Words gained per student
+6.8 (out of 10)= average number of Bible verses memorized per student
17 birthday celebrations with cakes & balloons
1 Birthday Club Parent Volunteer Coordinator

Each working together, encouraging each other, so as to strengthen the Body of Christ is a winning combination!!! “Healthy and growing and full of love.”

-Kathleen McDonald, Elementary Youth Developer

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact Kathleen. 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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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.

Meet Our Two New R2S Interns Sharice and LaDerika

April 22, 2017

R2S-interns2-web800 “Readers become Leaders”, is one of our mottos at Read2Succeed (R2S)! Sharice Johnson and LaDerika were selected back in November to be our first student interns to help with Read2Succeed. Sharice is in 7th grade and LaDerika is in 8th grade at KIPP Academy. Currently both attend Oasis of Hope Pathfinders & Middle School Club. They started as Read2Succeed students in 2nd grade and attended through 5th grade. Besides involvement with Oasis of Hope they were selected because of their eagerness to learn & willingness to help others.

The student internship positions were created, to not only help R2S coordinators, but to also encourage Sharice & LaDerika to become disciples of Christ. Learning more about God & applying their leadership skills to help others in their community is an Oasis mission. Both girls roles are that of assistant to the Youth Coordinator & R2S-interns-web800Volunteer Coordinator. Frequently, tutors will be absent and interns fill in for them. Sharice and LaDerika have been trained how to teach sight words & follow “Team Read” tutoring steps. They also help students memorize scripture and read Bible stories together. The importance of arriving on time, following a “duties” check list, problem solving & organizational skills promote job skills. The younger R2S students get to see older students in a leadership role as well.

When asked what they like best about being a R2S Student Intern, LaDerika stated, “It helps improve my reading skills.” Sharice says she “likes to help organize & set up.”

They are a huge asset to the success of our program & are a blessing to me”, states coordinator, Kathleen McDonald.

Since both interns are younger than 16-years-old we are not allowed to pay them for their positions, however, we can honor their help by awarding them with Family Dollar gift cards (their favorite). If you would like to support the work of our interns, gift cards accepted!

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Kathleen. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

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.

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.

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!!!!

Jasmine Went From Oasis Participant to Oasis Staffer!

January 01, 2016

God doe2015-jasmine-web500s amazing things when you submit yourself to His will!

At the inception of Oasis of Hope, I was in the 7th grade at Humes Middle School. My life would be forever changed by the existence of “The Green House” which was a safe haven for all the children of the neighborhood run by Oasis. We were able to go there to hang out and just be kids!

Eventually, we started having Bible studies and other events and the staff and volunteers willingly shared their lives with me and gave me a whole new perspective of the world! At some point in my Jr. High years a shift happened in my mind, and I started taking ownership of my community. From that point on I knew I would be a part of the good changes that would happen in my neighborhood!

In the Fall of 2009 I went away to Union University for college, but due to unfortunate circumstances I had to return to Memphis. I immediately got re-involved with the Oasis programs; everything from Bible Studies to Vacation Bible School, and in the Fall of 2010, I enrolled in classes at the University of Memphis and I received a scholarship from Oasis of Hope to pursue my higher education. I graduated from the U of M in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Supply Chain Management.

My desire was to continue to be involved with Oasis just as a volunteer and pursue a career in business, however, God had His own plans and my time to do my part for God’s Kingdom had come. Through the transition of several different staff members, God was calling me to accept a staff position with Oasis. It took me a moment to reflect over my life to see how God had equipped me for what He was calling me to. In November 2014, I said “yes” to God’s calling for me and obeyed His command. I am now the Middle School Youth Developer! I am willingly sharing my life with the youth in the same community I grew up in, so that God can use me to ignite a fire in their hearts for Jesus! It has been a surreal feeling to see all this come full circle, but it’s only because I chose to submit to God’s will.

Jasmin Martin, Oasis of Hope Middle School Youth Developer

Generations of Parents Want In to our Read2Succeed Program!

October 17, 2015

2014-read-to-succeed-100x11It’s not “Fried” words, but Fry Words that our elementary students are given an extra serving of at Read2Succeed (R2S)!  Last year, at R2S we paired 22 students (ages 2nd-5th grade) with 22 coaches. The student-coach team read together once a week for 9 months. They focused on reading fluency with Fry Words, comprehension & read Bible lessons. The results showed that 95% of our students gained 200 words or more from their baseline at the beginning of the school year! 70% of all students gained 400 words or more to levels above their grade level!

If it seems like Fry Words are a big deal, it’s because if a student doesn’t recognize these foundational words on sight they are unable to read at their full potential. According to The National Institute for Literacy, “Having a bank of sight words releases a reader’s attention needed for comprehension and for figuring out more difficult and less frequent words.”

At R2S, we have seen evidence of improved reading comprehension, with 57% of students achieving reading comprehension accuracy ranging from 81-100% at their grade level.

Oasis of Hope has been around for 14 years now … and during 13 of those years the Miller family from North Memphis has enlisted numerous family members to participate in R2S because they believe in it so much. Uncles (Jimmy & Kevin), aunts (Elizabeth), nieces/nephews (Jamie & Javonte), and now the next generation (Trey), have all signed up to participate in this one-on-one reading program that is helping kids read more efficiently. And we have the proof to prove that it’s working.

Of course, we aren’t so focused on reading that we don’t have time for a little fun. Building relationships is just as important! It’s so important that most of our students remain in R2S all four years and many of our coaches have been volunteering for 10-13 years. Together we pray, celebrate birthdays, visit Hope church, attend monthly field trips, annual swimming parties and this year, we’ll participate together in service projects. Growing in mind, body & soul WITH each other.

If you have time Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm and want to be an important part of a child’s educational, spiritual, and emotional development, prayerfully consider becoming a Read2Succeed coach.

If you’d like more information about Read2Succeed, please contact Kathleen. If you are interested in any of our other programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@oasisofhope).

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.

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