Support Our Local Schools by Serving as TCAP Proctors

April 22, 2015

student-taking-test-100x116 One of the best ways we can help our North Memphis students succeed is by supporting our neighborhood schools!

The following two partnering schools are asking for volunteers to be present in each classroom while they administer TCAP and SAT tests:

Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, April 28-30 & May 5-8. Just 2 hours in the morning is all it takes (show up at 845a … monitor from about 9:00-11:00am).

Humes Middle School, April 27-May 8. Choose time slots that are convenient for you (show up as early as 7:15am…monitor slots between 8:00am-12:00pm). Contact Jasmine for details.

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To Us Tax Season is an Exciting Way to Show We Care

March 05, 2015

Oasis-VITA-100x116At Oasis, we believe that relationships often begin by giving someone-in-need tanglible, practical help. Through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), our professional accountants and volunteers have saved North Memphis residents thousands of dollars … millions actually … which keeps money in families pockets to be used for necessary items like food and housing.

In recent years, tax filing had become dirty business in the inner city and several local businesses were charged for filing fraudulent claims and withholding money that was due people. But for eight years now, our trusted and trained volunteers have set up shop in the neighborhood for several weeks and faithfully filed honest returns – at no cost – with a main goal being to find each person all the earned income tax credits they are eligible for, as well as, save them all the filing fees other companies charge. This saves many low-income families hundreds of dollars every year and puts precious dollars back into their households and our community. The impact is not only individual, but positively impacts the entire family and local economy.

“We have many repeat customers who have come to us every year,” says former VITA Project Coordinator, Doug Edwards. ” I would estimate at least 50% of the people we serve have been coming back for at least 4 years. One lady who stood out to me a couple of years ago had just lost her mother after also losing her father the previous year. In addition, she was dealing with her own health issues and had recently lost her job, so she was very much in a world of grief and needed someone to talk with and listen. I spent about an hour with her, not only reviewing her taxes but also talking about her situation and helping to boost her spirits. She called me after she got her refund and thanked me for the help and for being supportive and a good listener. Ours is not just a ministry of help, but a ministry of love. It is so much more than just doing their taxes. We get to know these folks on a personal level and they become our friends. They trust us, they appreciate the help, but they especially appreciate the personal attention we provide.

Over the past eight filing seasons, VITA volunteers have invested almost 2,475 hours of their own time, filed 1,460 returns, and saved people just shy of $2.5 MILLION dollars!!

We will be available to file taxes every Saturday from 9:30-1p at the Bickford Community Center from January 31 through March 28.

If you are interested in joining our volunteers (we’ll train you!), let us know! We’d love to add more members to our team!

If you would like more information regarding this specific ministry, contact Vikki. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Have you Enrolled to Run/Walk the Hope 5K on July 12

May 26, 2014

hope-5k-tennis-shoesHave 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 and Multi-National Ministries by running in the Hope 5K on July 12th at 8am? 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; or at Breakaway Running, 1997 Union Avenue; Breakaway Running; and 1223 Germantown Parkway. Cost: $18/pre-registration, (are you a MRTC member? If so, use PREREG), $25/late registration (after 6/14/14), and day of race registrations. Packet Pick-up and registrations (packets will not be mailed):  Thursday, July 10th – at Breakaway Running, 1223 Germantown Parkway, 901/754-8254; Friday, July 11 – Hope Church/South Foyer from 5-6pm; and Saturday, July 12th (race day) from 7-7:45am (Hope Church/West Parking Lot).

Race Benefits:  Oasis of Hope Ministry: a non-profit, community based Christian organization that encourages life-on-life relationships in North Memphis. It is a ministry of partnerships connecting people across racial and socioeconomic boundaries in the North Memphis neighborhood, 38107 zip code; and Multi-National Ministries that show kindness to refugees and immigrants, helping them understand the culture, attain academic success and feel the love of God. They do mission work as well right here in Memphis. 
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 male 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.

Did You Know Oasis Staffers are Students in School Too?

July 17, 2013

oasis-staff-terrice-100x116 Recently, Oasis’ Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator, Terrice Thomas, graduated from the Spring 2013 Leadership Memphis Fast Track program through Leadership Memphis to help her do just that.

FastTrack is a community leadership development program that builds on each participant’s personal leadership skills and expands their Community IQ and helps them gain a stronger understand­ing of how to take Memphis to the next level through an increased understand­ing of self and community, experiential learning processes and exposure to high-profile community leaders and organizations.

Participants in this class are high-potential leaders who are determined to learn and take action to build a better Memphis and are passionate about the Memphis region and are energized by their classmates, who represent a diversity of personal and professional backgrounds. Each class is a strong cross-section of the community, including representatives from the business, nonprofit, govern­ment, academic, and other essential sectors.

Some of the goals of this course were to:

  • Enhance leadership development in the areas of self leadership, leadership of others, team building, and commun­ity awareness
  • Establish contacts within the commun­ity to foster personal growth, network­ing and expanding one’s sphere of influence
  • Experience and appreciate the strengths/assets Memphis has to offer its citizens, as well as the responsibility citizens have for making Memphis a great place to live
  • Explore representative challenges facing Memphis while learning how to be better informed and thereby better understand those challenges
  • Enact change in Memphis by better understanding what makes cities successful and the leverage points Memphis has to compete for talent
  • Engage in community action by out­lining a plan as to how one can best become actively involved in and serve the community

We are grateful to have staff like Terrice who have huge hearts for our community and a desire to keep learning and growing. Congratulations graduate!

VBS is June17-20 with a Grand Finale and We Need You!

May 31, 2013

oasis-vbs-2012-100x116ARE YOU READY to jump in on an exciting adventure with inner city kids as we explore God’s Word, play games, sing songs and make crafts together during Oasis of Hope’s Vacation Bible School?

As an extra special conclusion on the last day (Thursday) we will take all the kids to our 2nd annual “Day of Fun in the Sun” at Shelby Farms! We will need lots of help as we station groups through horseback-riding, paddle-boating, playing in the new playground, and biking the trails (thanks to the Oasis Bike Shop!). Last year was many of the kids’ first time visiting Shelby Farms and enjoying new experiences like riding horses!

The kids look forward to VBS every year and it’s impossible to not be moved as you work side-by-side with them! We’d love to have you join in on the crazy fun!

Event: Oasis of Hope VBS
Date/Time: June 17- 20th from 5-8pm
Location: The Green House / In the Cut

We need volunteers to help throughout VBS week
We need donations of individually wrapped snacks & drinks

Kids are hungry! We will need LOTS of SNACKS!! If you can help in this way, here’s what we need (carts will be in the main foyers at Hope Church to place your donations):
- Fruit snacks/fruit roll-ups
- Rice krispie treats
- Chips (1 oz serving bags)
- Cookies
-Cheese Its
- Capri Sun Pouch Drinks
- Monetary Donations (donation info here)

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact Terrice. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.


Oasis Bike Shop Teams Up to Provide Bike Rodeo

May 01, 2013

bikde-rodeo-100x116Come and be a part of the fun by joining the Oasis Bike Shop as we partner with the Greater Memphis Greenline and Berclair Elementary School to host a Bike Rodeo!

Just what is a Bicycle Rodeo?

Bicycle Rodeos are for approximately 4–13 years old. The activities that are provided are suitable for each age so that no one is bored during the event. Each rodeo usually begins with a short lecture on bicycle safety and a safety course that includes a safety check for both the rider and the bicycle. The safety check for the rider is the helmet and bicycle fit. An ABC quick check is performed on the bicycle. The ABC quick check consists of checking for proper air in the tires, checking to see that the brakes work, and checking that the chains are on properly. Following this the real fun begins by navigating a road course which offers real life situations such as traffic lights, stop signs, pedestrians crossing the streets, and road intersections. Children learn to handle riding their bikes in this life like setting.

bike-rodeo2-webIn a typical bicycle rodeo there are eight different stations with chalk courses that the children have to master in order to pass the course. The objective of each course is to make sure that each child knows how to operate his or her bike correctly. The stations are: mounting and dismounting the bicycle, changing direction and turning in circles, steering through tight spaces, weaving, having the ability to stop quickly, turning around, riding the bicycle very slowly while maintaining balance, and learning to maneuver tight turns.

There are always plenty of fun things to do! After each child is finished with the safety course they are free to go around to the different booths to check out what they have. There is usually plenty of food and free prizes. A local bicycle shop might be giving away a bell or light for the bicycle. There might also be competitions held where the children can show off their newly learned skills. Some of the competitions may involve racing.

The Oasis Bike Shop is a ministry of Oasis of Hope where volunteers meet regularly with local children from North Memphis to teach them how to work on and repair bicycles. Children track their time with the goal of earning themselves a new (gently used) bike, a mentor, a biking team to go on outings with, and a healthy alternative in using their time wisely. This is a win-win for the kids and the mentors!

Come join us and be a part of our biking team!

Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 8:15am
Location: Berclair Elementary School, 810 Perkins, Memphis, TN 38122
Volunteers Needed: At least 6
Contact: Bill for more information

Oasis Bike Shop Hosts Bike Rodeo in Frayser

April 20, 2013

oasis-bike-shop-thumbnail-1The Oasis Bike Shop not only meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays to promote a healthy lifestyle and to teach bike repair to local kids, but we also organize or participate in special biking events in the Spring, Summer and Fall.

This coming Saturday, April 27th at 9:00am we will be hosting a Bike Rodeo in Frayser at New Hope Christian Academy (JK-6th grade), 3000 University St  Memphis, TN 38127,  where we will be providing a bike safety course and taking loaner bikes for kids to use.

We will need 8 volunteers, and if you are interested in joining us, please come!  These kids are wonderful and it will be a very rewarding day!  Contact Bill for more information.

How Hope Again Came to Be – See Before And After Pics

April 18, 2013

grand-opening-collage2-webThe idea of collecting donations from church members and using them to open an upscale thrift store conceptually came from a church in Virginia that Pastor Craig visited over a year ago. While Craig was there he discovered that from this little store, the church was able to utilize volunteers’ time and donations, and raise significant funds to be used towards missions.

He shared this vision with staff, and soon business plans, budget projections, location analyses, etc. were in the works. In December 2012, Craig made an announcement to the church about this new venture and asked people to begin cleaning out their attics.

Location of the store, as always, was key, and since Hope members would serve as the main volunteers as well as be donating their gently used items, it was very important to position the store near the church. After the location was secured, the interior store space needed to be designed. Skilled carpenters helped build in the dressing rooms, bathrooms, office space, hanging rods, register counter, display tables, and beautiful flooring.

Then volunteers got to work painting, locating display fixtures, and setting up a huge sorting and receiving bay to clean. fix and organize incoming donations. Interior designers, IT specialists, retail managers, and more have worked tirelessly to make the store look and run beautifully. A key goal in this endeavor was to be UPSCALE … with quality stock, pleasant lighting, good smells, a warm atmosphere, and a department store feel.

So, after about a year of behind the scenes work, Hope Again is now officially open to the public! If you would like to get involved in the excitement and help raise money for local, national and global missions, you can do the following:

  • Donate your gently used items
  • Volunteer your time in our store (sign up online)
  • Scout for deals to bolster our stock or
  • Shop for a cause in our store

Location: 1140 North Germantown Parkway, Suite 110  |  Cordova, TN, 38018
(Near Cordova Malco Cinema between International Market and Humdinger’s)
T: 901.752.0074  |  |

Store Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Donation Drop-offs: For your convenience, there are four ways to drop off donations:
– at our store receiving bay (Suite 101 behind Humdinger’s) on M/W/Sat from 10a-4
– at the white semi-trailer in the South parking lot at Hope Presbyterian Church from Monday-Friday 9a-4p
– at the white semi-trailer in the South parking lot at Hope Presbyterian Church during all worship hours on the weekend
– let us know if you have large items needing picked up (call 901.527.0074 or email Terrice)

Three ministries of Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018 joined together to make this store a reality: Oasis of Hope, Hope’s Urban Ministry, and Hope’s Global Outreach.

Upgrading Your Bike? Donate Your Old One & Give it New Life

April 03, 2013

oasis-bike-shop-bicycle-100This ministry brings together mentors along side of kids from the inner city, and takes in used or new bikes in any condition and refurbishes them when possible to be reused by those in need. Bikes that are not repairable are used for parts. This ministry is not just focused on the kids but also those adults that have no other form of transportation. The bikes are typically earned through doing some type of supervised community service. All bikes earned through this method come with a bike lock, helmet and a safety class.

Additionally, we are focused on taking the youth on outdoor field trips to parks or through bike trails in safe, beautiful settings contrary to riding on the streets where they live. Our desire is to expose our bikers to opportunities beyond the inner city that they can own for themselves.

There are many ways to support this cause or to get involved. You can:

- Donate a Bike
– Work in The Bike Shop
– Join us for Group Rides or
– Shop in The Bike Shop


See The Oasis Bike Shop for detailed information on any of the above.

Until We See Karen Again; Funeral Services Scheduled

February 11, 2013

It is with an extremely heavy heart for the family and loved ones that we let you know that Oasis’ founding staffer, Karen Durham, passed away Feb 22 after complications from a heart attack. Her fingerprints are on everything in our ministry and she is DEEPLY missed by so many in our ministry neighborhood. Please pray for the family and all those who loved her dearly and will miss her! The memorial service will be held at Hope Church on Wednesday, Feb 27 at 2:00 pm.

Note from our Board Chair, Rev. Eli Morris, “Our ministry team salutes our precious sister Karen Durham. She was a warrior in every sense of the word. Her passion was only surpassed by her compassion. Her tenderness only surpassed by her toughness. One of a kind. Rest in the strong arms of Jesus, friend.”

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Hope Church, Urban Ministries.

Additionally, we will be hosting a Youth Dinner in honor of Karen in North Memphis at the Bickford Community Center on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.  All who are interested are welcome to attend.

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