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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Summer Means It’s Time for Baseball! Batter Up!

June 04, 2017

manassas-baseball-100x116Our youth (and their parents!) desire fun and active things to do while school is out and few things signify summer fun like baseball!

We partner with A Game Sports to provide a program teaching fundamentals, team spirit and fun competition. Over the last few years we have had winning seasons by our teams as they put into practice what they’re learning. This year we plan to have 2 teams (14 & under and 10 & under).

How You Can Help:

Donate: If you’d like to help make this American summer tradition possible for our kids (and free to them) – the costs for this outreach including coaching, league fees, equipment and transportation is roughly $4,000.

Volunteer: Also, if you like baseball and have some time, we’d love your help coaching these awesome kids!

Send Your Kids: Practices will be held most evenings at the Bickford Community Center baseball field. Schedules will be handed out at practice. Teams will be divided into a 10 & Under and a 14 & Under.

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Coach Cleo Hayes, 901-801-3103. 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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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.

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.

Back to School Volunteer Opps – Ways to Get Involved!

October 15, 2015

student-taking-test-100x116Curious about us? You’ve been hearing about Oasis for 14 years now, but have you visited our offices and seen our ministry neighborhood? Come be our guest and join us for our Oasis Open House/Neighborhood Tour July 29 or August 26 at 6:00pm and let us show you around! We’d love to share with you the big picture of why we are located in and committed to North Memphis.

Curious if there is a volunteer opportunity that fits you? Whether you like to work with younger kids, older teens, tutoring, singing, biking, Bible Studies, senior citizens, work in retail, or more, we can plug you in, whether you are looking for a light touch entry or are ready to go deep!

Following is a list of numerous ways to get involved. Click here for more details like days/times/locations/contacts for the below opportunities.

Read2Succeed
In School Tutoring at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary
Pathfinders Jr. High Mentoring
Pathfinders Jr. High Tutoring
Life Builders Sr. High Mentoring
Empowerment at Manassas High School
Manassas Football Volunteer Coaching
Lion’s Cage at KIPP Middle School
Warrior Princesses Girls Club
Oasis Bike Shop
Angel Street Choir

Email us, call us, come to our Open House and let us answer your questions. We’d love to have more volunteers so we can expand our reach!

We’ll equip you! We will have a prospective Volunteer Training on August 31 and September 3rd (attend both days) at the Bickford Community Center from 5:30-7pm. During training, you can expect to learn:

– How to build relationships that have consistent impact
– How to develop cross cultural relationships
– Effective mentoring practices
– How to maintain healthy relationship dynamics and boundaries with youth
– An understanding of Oasis of Hope’s vision and mission, and much more!

If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@oasisofhope).

CCDA Changed Terry’s Life; Coming Here in November!

September 08, 2015

2015-CCDA-web500View CCDA Schedule.

It is with a heart full of passion that I make an ask of all people interested in the welfare of Memphis to prayerfully consider an opportunity…attend the Christian Community Development (CCDA) Conference November 11-14, 2015 here in Memphis.

It was 1991 (24 years ago) that I stumbled across a meeting of CCDA in my home town of Minneapolis, MN. My life has never been the same since. Dr. John Perkins and Coach Wayne Gordon laid out a philosophy and plan of impacting our urban centers that inspired me and changed the direction of my life. God had been speaking to me about His Kingdom and being involved in mission work. Then when I heard the stories, the passion, the lives being impacted in a holistic way, I knew that this is what God was calling me to do.

It lead to my involvement in an inner-city church in Minneapolis, where I met my beautiful bride (Karey). We served there for several years in their youth and community outreach areas. Karey also started a Christian debt consolidation and budget counseling ministry across the street from the church. Later God called us into ministry with the Billy Graham Crusades where she was the assistant to the director and I had the privilege of serving in the areas of urban outreach, prison crusades and stadium arrangements. During this time I got my MBA in Business Management, because I felt drawn to ministry that holistically helped people (including economically).

All the while, I was a member of CCDA, attended their conferences, read their books and prayed that someday I would be able to work in a ministry that embodied these principles. After a decade with the Billy Graham Association, I was looking on the CCDA website and came across the job posting for Hope Church’s urban community organization, Oasis of Hope. It was a great fit for the passion I felt! God coordinated that hire; and my family and I have now been involved in urban ministry here in Memphis for more than a decade.

Of course, none of our lives take the same turns, and God calls us all to the unique plan He has for each of us. But as a Christian living in Memphis TN, I urge you to consider attending this phenomenal conference that will, in all likelihood, NEVER be in Memphis again. The opportunity is NOW, please don’t miss out on what special message God may have for you at this time in your life. Inquire about more information or register to attend by emailing Crystal. Cost through us is $209. A small amount of partial scholarships are available.

Please consider joining us at this historic event here in Memphis!

Terry Hoff, Oasis of Hope Executive Director

 

Mentors, Mentees, and Neighbors Doing Life Together

June 16, 2015

2015-ben-and-jessica100x116Ben and Jessica are just volunteers from Christ City Church with a passion for North Memphis and two VERY BIG hearts.

A few years ago they got involved with the Oasis Bike Shop ministry and since then have made it their mission to connect inner city kids from Oasis of Hope with volunteers ever since. Recently, they have been holding a bi-weekly potluck to encourage fellowship together between our middle school Life Builders kids and mentors, as well as Bike Shop volunteers and the kids they mentor as well. Anyone who is interested in becoming a mentor is welcome to join in on the fun:

We would love other folks from Oasis or from Hope join us if they are ready to love and engage these kids.  We have been praying for more folks; we could love them more effectively if we love them together.

WHO: You … just bring a dish … but contact me (Jessica) to make sure we are still on schedule
WHAT: Mentors/Mentees/Neighbors doing life together
WHEN: We meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 1pm-ish
WHERE: 225 Angelus Street, please RSVP to Jessica
WHY: Our purpose is to “follow Jesus in a genuine, mutually transforming love of our neighbors.” (Sherman Restorers of Hope) The potlucks on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month have given us another opportunity to develop deeper life-on-life relationships.  The young people have opened up, asked profound questions, and shared a part of their stories and personalities that we hadn’t known before.  Folks from Oasis ministries and from our church and neighborhood have gathered to share love and time and support to the youth and it’s been wonderful.  We’d love to have more folks join in. The kids need all the love they can get. Contact Jessica@oasisbikeshop.com for details.

-Jessica

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.

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.

Urban and Suburban Youth Unite Monthly to Serve Others

April 08, 2015

high-five-175x175Throughout the existence of Oasis of Hope we have made it a tradition to take our urban youth groups to the services at Hope Church so that they can experience and encounter God in a way that they might not be accustomed to, as well as to begin bridging the gap between Hope Church in the suburbs, and Oasis of Hope in the inner city.

Now that our youth are getting to know each other, we thought it was time for our combined teens to go out and serve Memphis together in hopes of increasing awareness at the needs everywhere around our city, and also to encourage deeper relationships between the students in both urban/suburban groups.

So, starting in April, we are scheduling monthly youth service projects to partnering organizations like Habitat for Humanity, S.O.S., Mid-South Food Bank, and serving the homeless in North Memphis.

For this month’s service project, on April 11th, we will go to Morris Park and hand out lunches and personal care products to the homeless. If you would like to donate to this project, we will need the following items:

-toothbrush/holder
-toothpaste
-lotion
-shampoo/conditioner
-soap
-face towel/wash cloths

Eventually, the relationship between our two groups will be more than just service projects; hopefully, each group can attend the other’s weekly program a couple times throughout the year. Our ultimate goal is that the students will form lasting relationships that transcend stereotypes.

PARTICIPANTS: Jr. High Youth from Oasis or Hope Church
DATE: Various Saturdays
TIME: 11am-12:30pm
PLACE: Various locations to be announced each month
REASON: To bond urban/suburban youth groups and focus on a common denominator of serving others

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.

We Often Ask: Are we making an impact? Let’s Ask Nisha …

April 04, 2015

neshiaGalatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

1 Corinthians 15:58- Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Questioning the Work

Doing youth outreach ministry can be a very difficult work, but doing youth outreach ministry in “the Hood” can be like a triathlon! There are many things that make it a very heavy and demanding work. I have days when families call me because they have no lights, out of work dads asking for help making job resumes, kids asking for advice for their “friend” who often cut themselves and they don’t know if their lives are worth it. Some days I’ve spent taking care of teens that got kicked out of their homes. I spend so much time planning trips, running programs, writing lessons, training volunteers, visiting parents, working with the community schools, and having endless amounts of meetings, that I begin to wonder if all this being busy is worth it? There is nothing heavier than the question, “Are we making an impact for Jesus?” I’ve struggled with if we are really helping people to come to know the Lord and to live out their faith.

Unexpected Encouragement from ‘Nisha

After a long Thursday, we were dropping kids off from our Life Builders mentoring program. As we arrived at a young lady’s home named Antwanisha, she became hesitant to leave the van. She began to say that things that I didn’t anticipate. I expected her usual “bye, Coach!” But I saw she had something on her mind.

‘Nisha opened her mouth to say that her life began to change since she began attending our programs.

She told me that she now reads her bible and prays more than she ever has before. I asked her what made her change. She answered me by saying “ You guys.” She went on to say being around everyone at Life Builders has shown her that she can live different. She said that her new friends and mentors are teaching her how to live for God. She then hoped out the van and said “bye, Coach!” just like nothing happened. Her words of encouragement breathed new life into me in an instant! God used her to remind me that work in the Lord is never in vain! I’m so thankful for the calling God has given me! God has been very kind to give me the encouragement I need to not give up on the youth and families I serve.

-Martell Hixson, Oasis Youth Developer

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.

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