Why SLA is Impacting North Memphis this Summer

June 16, 2017

summer-leadership-academy-2We believe that some of our city’s greatest leaders will emerge from under-resourced communities like North Memphis.

Summer Leadership Academy is an 8-week leadership training experience conducted by Oasis of Hope to provide our high school student leaders with the resources needed to elevate their leadership capacities. This includes biblical training, career readiness, community service, and exposure outings that will help our youth grow and develop into the potential that God has given them.

  • Cultural Exposure – We are providing strategic opportunities to enlarge the worldview and perspective of our student leaders. We want to help our youth see what’s possible when motivated by love and faith. For example, youth will attend a diversity training at Bridges as well as experience racial & economic diversity by attending St. Jude, Slavehaven, art shows and cross cultural service projects.
  • Leadership Development – We seek to provide spiritual, character and vocational training to enlarge the understanding and competencies of our youth. We want to help our student leaders become more functional in their faith.  For example, our business professional mentors are teaching the students many of the business essentials to succeed in the workforce.
  • Service Opportunities – Our students are experiencing the workplace in an on-the-job setting serving as interns at Chick-fil-A and Oasis Appliance. In addition, many served as volunteer leaders at our Summer VBS program and other outreaches designed to stretch their leadership muscles and grow in this essential aspect of their lives.

Our youth with spend a week serving through Service Over Self (SOS) camp, learning the importance and benefits of serving others.

They will also have 6-week internships with local companies doing everything from maintenance, landscaping, restaurant service, retail customer service, cashier positions and truck delivery services. They will spend time each week in group settings learning key life and employment skills through professional instruction and team building activities. A sincere thanks to all of the businesses providing our teens summer internships and giving our kids at chance to make a difference!

Values taught through our program are: Love for God, Love for Self, Love for Others, Love for Community/City, Leadership/Discipleship, and Social Justice.

Graduation will be celebrated July 25th.

This program not only gives our youth practical training for the future beyond high-school, but many of them find immediate benefits from the experience. For instance, all of our Chick-fil-A students last year were offered on-going employment at their establishment!

An investment in our youth is an investment in the future of our city!

If you would like more information regarding this specific ministry, contact Martell. 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 Newest Oasis Family Member, Rev. Neko Sharkey

June 13, 2017

neko-sharkey-215x215 We have extremely exciting news!!

When Oasis of Hope began in 2004 we had one employee.

Fourteen years later, we are adding our ninth staffer to join our team (in addition to our real heavy hitters —-> our many volunteers!)!

Please help Terry (Executive Director) & staff in welcoming our newest Oasis of Hope addition, Rev. Neko Sharkey, our Ministry Director!

We are thrilled to welcome Neko and his family to our team due to our continual growth and need for assistance in overseeing our youth staff, but also ministering to community folks, in addition to developing a more concentrated arm for adult ministries coming soon!

neko-and-girls-web215x215As we have grown, we have continually felt the need for these additional programs, but have lacked capacity to add them! Neko will allow us to expand what we are already doing and create additional adult-focused services.

Also, everything we do from this point forward will be a team effort in cooperation with our ministry partners, Hope City Church. Due to this, we have so much growth potential as we mutually work together, but so many logistical and strategic details to figure out as we identify exactly what this cooperation looks like.

So in addition to seeing Neko around, please also give a warm, North Memphis, hug to his sweet wife, Catrice, and his three beautiful little ladies – Kelsi, Bailee & Trinity – who have already been actively involved in Vacation Bible School, so you might already recognize them.

Neko joins our staff officially full time beginning July 22nd. Until then, he will be working part-time so if you catch him, please say hello!

catrice-web215x215Welcome to the Oasis family!!

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Neko. 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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Local Staffer Serving Her Neighbors From the Inside Out

June 09, 2017

web800-jas-soul2017From the time Oasis of Hope entered my North Memphis neighborhood I began having a growing desire to serve my community. As I start noticing the positive impact that was happening, I knew I wanted to be a part of that change. I was very thankful for the presence of Oasis’ staff and volunteers, but I wanted more community people to take ownership of our community. God used Oasis to burden my heart for my community and His people.

In May 2014, I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree and I was wondering what I was going to do next. Little did I know God was going to bring everything full circle for me. Five months after graduation I started working with Oasis of Hope as their Middle School Youth Developer. Accepting this position was totally a God thing. Aside from being equipped through the things God allowed me to experience in my childhood and college years, I had no idea how to effectively fulfill my job’s responsibilities. I found peace in this truth;

“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.”

web800In September 2015, I also started at SOUL where I would be equipped some more for the work that God called me to do. SOUL stands for Sending Out Urban Leaders. SOUL’s mission is “to recruit, train, and resource new leaders in order to impact the youth of our city with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Over the course of the past two years, this mission has been fulfilled in my life. I learned so much about my relationship with God, my community, my city, and myself through this organization. I was stretched and I was placed in some uncomfortable situations. However, I have grown so much in my abilities to fulfill my job’s responsibilities because of SOUL. Through my time at SOUL, I am now better for Oasis of Hope, my community, and my city. Moreover, I am better equipped for whatever God calls me to next through the enrichment I’ve received at SOUL. I am forever grateful for these past two years! I am very certain that I couldn’t have done Urban Youth Ministry without SOUL’s resources and training.

-Jasmine Martin, Oasis of Hope Middle School Director

To volunteer or for more information contact Jasmine. 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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Lions Cage: A New Program For Middle School Guys

May 01, 2017

2016-tylon-walkerFor many years we have offered an excellent program for middle school ladies called Warrior Princesses to address important issues facing this season of life. This program has been exceedingly popular with both girls and volunteers, so much so that we knew we needed an equivalent program for the guys. So, we are thrilled to announce Lions Cage Boys Club for our middle school boys!

This is a mentoring program geared toward urban boys living in a disadvantaged environment in grades 4-6 where they can learn skills that are relevant to their actual life experiences. We seek to help develop character and dignity in each young man through our partnership with a diverse group of dedicated mentors. We also want to increase their networks by connecting them to resources that will enhance their scope of life.

2017 Lions Cage Schedule (subject to change):
Jan. 7: Orientation (outing)
Jan. 21: The Four Faces of Manhood: an Overview of the principles of Manhood (Self-Defense)
Feb. 4: The King Face (A man’s leadership, worth, goals, and ambitions … made for greatness!)
Feb. 18: Field trip – TBD
Mar. 4: Warrior Face (What should a man take a stand for? Peer pressure, bullying, conflict resolution, and more – Self defense)
Mar. 18: Spring Break – no meeting
April 1: Friend Face (A man’s circle: How to make friends and navigate relationships – Self defense)
April 15: Lover Face (Why is Jesus and Love important to manhood – Easter weekend)
May 6: Field trip – TBD
May 20: End of year party (Parent & child)

Location: Bickford Community Center
Meeting Dates: 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:30a-12p

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS:

1. Volunteer with us: We need several male volunteers to assist who are willing to commit to a mentoring relationship. We’d especially love African-American males to join us!

2. Donate funds to support this ministry: We always appreciate financial support; donate online or by mail here.

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

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.

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.

Join us for The Easter Experience April 16 at Noon

March 10, 2017

oasis-easter-egg-hunt300We are thrilled to once again partner with Hope City! Pastor Cooper 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, April 16th
Location: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, 951 Chelsea Ave.
Time: 12:00pm

test-100x116Get 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 The Easter Experience, contact Jasmine.

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.

Attend Hope City Church…A New Way To Do Church!

February 06, 2017

logo-web215x215Last week we watched a years-long dream come to fruition as Pastor Colley Cooper took the stage and welcomed North Memphis to Hope City’s first official church service!

Hope City is here to offer the unchurched, the dechurched and the rechurched a New Way To Do Church!

Everyone is welcome at Hope City and there are no dress codes, no inner circles, and no churchy languages. This is just a church with a passion to be relevant and real for our neighborhood.

Hope City’s Vision:

We are a place where the unchurched can find meaning and purpose through Christ-centered living and love-centered outreach!

Hope City’s Mission:

- Evangelize the lost
- Equip the believer
- Empower the community

Join Pastor Colley and team on Sundays at noon in the Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School (951 Chelsea Ave) for an uplifting message and spiritual connection. Children’s ministry provided.

Be sure to following Hope City on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information about this exciting and growing ministry, or to learn more about how you can get involved, email Pastor Colley  or call him at 901-881-5877.

Why Has Our Senior Program Doubled? Volunteers Needed!

January 08, 2017

web2-IMG_3460Any line dancers out there? How about computer nerds? Or maybe you’re a quilter or an arts and crafts fan?

Have you ever considered that using your personal interests and talents could immensely bless others? Our senior ministry has doubled to 123 members in the past few years and we are in need of at least five more weekly volunteers to come and hang out with us! We are bursting at the seams but are thrilled that the word has spread that Bickford Senior Center is the ‘happening place to be’ for those 60 and over in North Memphis!

Our Seniors Program Director of nearly 3 years, Shirley Glenn, in partnership with Activities Coordinator, Leon Murrell, have poured themselves into advocating for our seniors and have been growing and expanding the programming we offer to provide activities that are truly needed and wanted. Practical, helpful, useful and fun events rotate weekly and this program has evolved from a place to perhaps cool off or warm up, to a place that offers educational, healthful, spiritual, practical, financial and fun activities for members, volunteers and staff to enjoy Mondays-Fridays from 8am-1pm.

The atmosphere around the center is very casual but bustling. Friendships are formed here, and relationships are developed that go beyond a neighborly hello. Seniors look forward to spending time with their friends doing the typically expected activities such as playing bingo or wii, sewing or making ceramics, exercising by line dancing or practicing water aerobics, and attending the highly-anticipated field trips that are both educational and social.

2014-susan-harber-110x116However, so much more is offered in addition to the assumed senior activities. Through seeking out numerous local partnerships, seniors can expect delicious free meals, optometry assistance, regular health check-ups, massages, needed home repair, and financial help. And programming is continually expanding and evolving to address new needs as they arise. For example, cell provider, Cricket, will be coming next week to work with anyone needing a lesson on how to use their cell phones. UT nursing interns are scheduled to check blood pressures and discuss blood sugar. The Red Cross will be coming to address disaster awareness. MPD is always nearby and can often be talked into playing a round of Spades. We’d like to give a special thanks to the City of Memphis, Division of Parks & Neighborhoods for their generosity in providing this facility free of charge!

This is a FUN place to be and the activity calendar is packed providing both the social and the practical! Come teach a line dance, or show someone how to send an email, or just simply provide a listening ear and adopt a grandparent! If you have a heart for seniors and a hobby or skill you are willing to share, we invite you to hang out in the most happening spot in North Memphis!

To volunteer or to become a member (free; must be 60 years or older), contact Shirley. 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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