What Does Summer Look Like With the New OEC?

May 18, 2018

read-to-succeed-pool-party-In the past we have connected our youth with external opportunities such as various summer Bible camps through For the Kingdom, Kids Across America, Hope Church’s The Great Escape, etc. We have also sought to introduce business mentors to our teens by providing professional guidance with resume building, job internships, and connecting them with business mentors and local companies who were willing to hire interns, in addition to challenging them by growing spiritually and by serving and giving back to the city they grew up in.

Now that we have the OEC (Oasis Enrichment Center … thanks to the City of Memphis donating use of the back end of the Bickford Community Center), we have the thrilling opportunity for the first time in 17 years to work with our youth on a daily basis weaving in these skills plus so much more! We couldn’t be more excited!

So, here’s a glimpse of what the Summer of 2018 will look like:

We are more than thrilled to offer our first Summer Leadership Institute June 11, 2018-August 2, Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm!

UYI-camp-ambassadors-2012-web 100x116We have hand-selected 12 boys and 12 girls from each milestone age group (High school, Jr. High, and Elementary) – that’s 72 students total – to spend the summer growing in leadership to be our front runners this upcoming school year and to assist us in spearheading our goal of empowering this promising community.

Through the Summer Leadership Institute, we will equip our apprentices with the tools and support needed to advance in academics, leadership and teamwork, and life skills, through Christian mentorship, tutoring, life skills and leadership training, team building exercises, and peer to peer networking.

With a growing staff of excited youth employees with hearts ready to serve, we cannot contain our enthusiasm to invest in these awesome kids, in North Memphis, and in the City of Memphis as a whole!

If you are interested in supporting this summer youth ministry, there are three ways to help out:
- Pray for us! Pray not only for our growing youth program, but our ministry as a whole!
- Volunteer with us! Contact Ellyn if you love kids and would like to be a mentor!
- Donate snacks! Summer means kids don’t receive meals through their schools so any donated snacks are greatly appreciated!
- Donate financially! If you’d like to make a one-time donation or a recurring financial gift, we’d sure appreciate your donation!

Stay up-to-date on what our youth are up to this summer by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

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

May 14, 2018

manassas-baseball-100x116Our youth (and their parents!) desire fun and active things to do to stay healthy and to provide a positive environment that will keep kids busy from spring into the summer, 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 Little League World Series teams as they put into practice what they’re learning. This year we plan to have 3 teams (Coach Pitch 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under/minors).

How To Get Involved:

Send Your Kids: Practices will be held most evenings at the Bickford Community Center baseball field. Schedules will be handed out at practice. If you have (or know) a young person who would love to experience this, give Coach Barry a call (or text) at 901-502-9135.

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

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.

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Coach Barry. 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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Working Together To Provide A Food Pantry Partnership!

May 10, 2018

2017-4-food-pantry-web800We are excited about a new ministry partnership happening in North Memphis!

Often times ministry programs develop when one of our connected volunteers sees a need and is moved to help fill a void.

This is how Oasis Appliance began, and our Warrior Princesses program for middle school girls, and now … a food pantry aimed at assisting 60 North Memphis families whose children attend Memphis Scholars Caldwell Guthrie (MSCG) elementary school.

This came about after a volunteer reading tutor who works with students several days a month personally witnessed numerous students suffering from a lack of nutrition. Her heart was moved, she shared this need, and several partnerships began working together to do something about it! MSCG, Mid-South Food Bank, Hope City Church, and Oasis of Hope combined forces and have just begun to serve 60 families who will receive groceries and toiletries through this initiative. The food component of this mission has become an added value to MSCG’s new outreach center which also includes a clothes closet and washer and dryer.

2017-4-food-pantry-(13)-webSixty families have been carefully identified and are personally invited to receive the bi-monthly box of groceries and toiletries. This means that 30 families will be served every other month for the next 12 months (including the summer). Grocery boxes may consist of items such as canned fruit & vegetables, beans, cereal, juice and milk.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

In an effort to keep the boxes of food consistent, we are in need of financial donations to support this ongoing mission! Family boxes of groceries and toiletries cost approximately $25/each due to buying in bulk and utilizing assistance from organizations like the Mid-South Food Bank.

Donations can be made online or checks can be sent to Oasis of Hope, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018. Please list ‘Food Pantry’ in the memo.

WHEN IS THE FOOD DISTRIBUTED?

This outreach is available every 2nd Saturday of the month from 11am-12pm, by appointment only.

We are grateful for the tender heart of the volunteer who looked way beyond her important mission of reading with students, and not only spoke up, but has now put into motion a practical, helpful program that will make a BIG impact in the lives of 60 families! That is what ministry looks like!

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact Crystal at (901) 527-0074 or Crystal@oasis-of-hope.com. 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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Ride the Red, White, and Blue June 30 to Support Oasis!

April 16, 2018

RWB-RIde-Red-web500Come out and ride with the Memphis Hightailers for a great cause!

Thank you so much to the Hightailers for choosing Oasis of Hope to receive a portion of this year’s proceeds!

Date: 6/30/2018
Check In Time: 7:00 AM
Ride Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis
Cost: $40-50 depending on when you register
Routes: 28 – 42 – 61
Register online

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Of course, monetary donations are always great. Feel free to add some amount to your ride registration, and these funds will go directly to Oasis.

Enjoy fully supported routes of 28 miles, 42 miles, or 61 miles, and return to Hope Church to enjoy the after-party in the air-conditioned gym!

Lunch will be provided. Count on several entree selections, including selections for the vegetarians among us!

Want to volunteer instead? Volunteers are needed in multiple areas. Some volunteer opportunities also enable you to ride as well. You can earn VIP points with the Hightailers for volunteering and also get a FREE t-shirt!
Volunteer online

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

NEW Counseling Services Now Available to N Memphis Adults!

April 15, 2018

neko-sharkey-215x215ADULTS NEED A BRIDGE TOO! (AGES 18 Above) Oasis of Hope is well resourced with staff and community partners who are equipped to nurture and serve as catalysts and springboards for adults within the community as well. These services are free and include but are not limited to:

Counseling (Individual, Family, and Couples -Married and Pre-Married)

Job Placement Assistance

Housing Assistance

Food Assistance Programs

GED assistance and tutoring

Higher Education and Career Planning

Personal and Household Budgeting

Home Ownership Readiness

Business Plans and Entrepreneurship Training

Addiction Service

Tax Filing

Adult services are offered weekly on an appointment only basis. Additionally, there will be subject specific sessions offered on a quarterly basis communicated to you in advance so you can schedule around it. Childcare will be offered during quarterly group sessions.

If you work in one of these fields and would like to volunteer your skillset, we’d love to add you to our team! Volunteers, please sign up here.

To receive OR offer assistance regarding these services, please email Pastor Neko Sharkey at neko.sharkey@oasis-of-hope.com or call 901.713.1836.

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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146 Families Save By Filing Their Taxes At Our VITA Site

April 02, 2018

IMG_3165We had an another amazing year through our free tax assistance program Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)! Initially, we were concerned that we may have to close the site because our wonderful coordinator from last year had to leave to help take care of her aging parents but God had other plans! Ms. Ellen Williams, who originally grew up in North Memphis, spent much of her career with the IRS and wanted to give back in a meaningful way to her community and the Lord, so stepped in and oversaw the program. What a blessing!

On top of that, we had a very productive year with our faithful volunteers. This year they helped 146 families file returns and get refunds totaling $258,752. This added to the previous 11 years brings a total of 1,963 returns totaling $3,531,903 in refunds for the 2017 tax year. Then if consider the average cost of a $200 filing fee per return over that time (that we didn’t charge since our services are free), this gives an additional savings of $392,600.

So, approximately $3,924,503 has been put back into North Memphis family’s pockets through this practical 12-year ministry!

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness over the years and for providing such a blessing through our volunteers and through Ms. Ellen…we couldn’t do it without them!

Oasis Executive Director Connected to Rev. Billy Graham

February 01, 2018

billy graham 2018View media clip of Terry Hoff recalling his experience with the Rev. Billy Graham as someone who worked for him and now continues to serve in ministry locally here in Memphis.

Did you know that our Executive Director used to be a crop farmer in MN 30 years ago? Read on about his incredible story that directly connects him to the Rev. Billy Graham …

After getting married in 1993, graduating college, and being asked by his dying father to give farming a chance, one desperate day as Terry spent hours on the tractor, he begged God for a more meaningful purpose … to which God challenged him to give up his newly acquired family farm, and move into a friend’s tiny basement apartment three hours away with his new wife to take a chance that Billy Graham might hire him because a Crusade was coming to Minneapolis.

And he was hired and served initially as the Volunteer Coordinator, then the Director of Love In Action as well as the Prison Ministry Manager, and then the Stadium Arrangements Coordinator. And that temporary job turned into ten years of being a part of Billy Graham’s traveling team of approximately eight people, including his wife, Karey, who was hired as the Assistant to the Director. They served in the cities of Minneapolis, Ottawa, Louisville, Indianapolis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Dallas, San Diego, and Los Angeles (as well as assisted in Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, St. Louis, San Antonio and San Jose). Along the way after becoming unexpectedly pregnant, they realized they should look for a job that resided in one city and provided stability for their children, so made the hard decision to leave a job both spouses loved and moved to Memphis instead of their next Billy Graham Crusade assignment, Manhattan, New York!

Thus, they moved to Midtown, Memphis to oversee Oasis of Hope, an inner city ministry in North Memphis that provides a holistic approach to supporting a neglected neighborhood.

So today has been emotional. It feels like we lost our spiritual Grandpa. We are thrilled for him, but sad for us as we say goodbye to our Nation’s Pastor. Rev. Graham … it was such an honor to work for you. Glad you have finally made it home.

-Karey

Donate To Oasis of Hope By Volunteering in the Kitchen!

February 01, 2018

web800We are so grateful to Hope’s Kitchen Ministry for awarding us a $50,000 grant to be used to renovate Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings after we suffered a devastating fire in August 2016. We are also thankful to Belz Enterprises, our landlords, who are also gifting us a very generous $60,000 as well!

We have been busy transforming our charred showroom, to one that is better than it was before!

If you would like to support this ministry, you can donate to our mission by working in the Hope Kitchen! Volunteer hours equal money towards our grant! The next opportunity to give in this way will be April 16-21, 2018. Please see the following schedule and sign up for a time slot that works for you: DOD Sign Up.

If you are interested in seeing what’s on the menu and purchasing some meals to simplify your life, we highly recommend it! The meals are always delicious and so convenient, especially as we approach the busy holidays! See details on what is offered here.

Please make sure you sign in and out on the time-sheet to make sure Oasis gets credit for your hours! And we cannot thank you enough for your generous support!!!

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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Volunteers Needed For Our NEW After-School Program!

January 03, 2018

1fav elementary r2s (2)Now that we have received the blessing from the City of Memphis to move into the back-end of the Bickford Community Center, we have expanded our youth programming to open our doors Mondays-Thursdays after-school from 2-6pm! That’s a lot of time to fill for neighborhood students in grades 2-12! We will still operate all of our familiar youth programs, plus are adding in several new ones!

Due to this, we will need a lot more volunteers to assist us! Following is a list of the volunteer job descriptions we are seeking:


Elementary Programs (1st-5th grades)
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Read2Succeed Reading Coach: Tutor a student in reading; Mon or Wed, 4:30-6pm
-Read2Succeed Character Education Coach: Implement character education lessons; Mon or Wed, 4:30-6pm
-After-School Counselor: Assist the elementary staff on a general basis; Mon-Thurs, anytime between 2-6pm (choose 1 to 4 days)
-Warrior Princess Mentor: Females needed to serve as personal mentors; Sat (1st & 3rd), 10am-12pm
-Lion’s Cage Mentor: Males needed to serve as personal mentors; Sat (1st & 3rd), 10am-12pm

Middle School Programs (6th-8th grades)1fav mentoring (4)
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After-School Counselor: Assist the staff in tutoring, planning, and general needs; Mon-Thurs, anytime between 2-6pm (choose 1 to 4 days)
-Pathfinders Mentor: Mentor 2-3 students & teach life skill lessons; Sat (1st & 3rd), 10am-12pm

High School Programs (9th-12th grades)
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After-School Counselor: Assist the staff in tutoring, career planning, and general needs; Mon-Thurs, anytime between 2-6pm (choose 1 to 4 days)
-LifeBuilders Mentor: Student mentoring and preparation for life beyond high school; Thurs, 6-7:30pm

General After-School
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Recreation & Sports Coach: Organize sports & recreational games in the gym; Mon-Thurs, anytime between 2-6pm (choose 1 to 4 days)
-Food & Snacks Team: Help pick up and organize, and pass out food and man the concession stand; Mon-Thurs, 2-6pm (choose 1 to 4 days)
-Floater: Help process the intake, transitions, security, and exit of students; Mon-Thurs, anytime between 2-6pm (choose 1 to 4 days)
-Van Driver: Pick up students from various area schools and drop off in provided vans; Days/Times TBA

Wednesday Night Club
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Small Group Facilitator: Teach Bible lessons and life discussions with small groups; Wed, 6-8pm
-Floater: Help process the intake, transitions, security, and exit of students; Wed, 6-8pm

If you are not able to volunteer your time, we also need prayer and financial support. Donate online to give a one-time gift, or even better, enroll in a monthly donation to support this expanding youth ministry

If you are interested in any of the above volunteer possibilities, we’d love to plug you in and have you join our team! For more information, please feel free to contact us!

This.Is.Happening! After-School Program Begins at OEC!

January 02, 2018

greenhouse-the-cut-oec-collOasis of Hope began in 2001 by purchasing a small home in North Memphis across from an elementary school to serve as our inaugural ministry hub. We knocked out a few walls, spread some paint around, added some couches and a desk, and named it ‘The Green House.’ We were thrilled to start somewhere, kids started hanging out, and we began developing reading programs, Bible studies, training sessions, after-school programs and more.

A few years later, we purchased a second home down the street and did our best to reconfigure it as well to expand our spacing needs as our staffing and youth program grew. We named this building ‘The Cut’ because it sits at a crossroads in the neighborhood where people often ‘cut through.’ Again we painted, rearranged, and soon we were transforming our staff offices by day into youth programming rooms after school. It didn’t take long for us to begin praying for a more adequate space that was much larger where we could all operate together as a team, and dream about inviting more kids to participate in our programs, but until then, we were maxed and unable to invite additional neighborhood youth to join us despite bursting at the seams.

Then, a couple years ago we were unexpectedly approached by the City of Memphis about a possible partnership to merge our programs and perhaps be granted permission to operate out of the unused back-third of the Bickford Community Center. We were thrilled about this possibility! We had already been operating the daily Oasis Seniors’ Program (a thriving program for senior citizens) out of the Community Center and had shared the space on numerous occasions for special events thanks to the City’s graciousness.

A plan began to evolve. Prayers began to ask for big dreams. Time went by, and the red tape was finally removed allowing this new, amazing, huge space, to become the new home of the Oasis Enrichment Center (the OEC)! Since we were given the green light, we have once again been painting, building, reconstructing, and outfitting our exciting youth space, and we are launching a new After-School Program and opening the doors officially on Wednesday, January 24th!

To see this finally happen is beyond words!

Thank you to those who have joined us in praying for this, supported this dream financially, or have volunteered with our programs and squeezed into our tiny spaces over these past 17 years! We could NOT have done this without your faithful support!

We are now thrilled to transfer our youth staff and programs over to the OEC, with access to a gym, staff offices, and plenty of room for elementary through high school kids to be kids! Our plan is to adjust to the new groove of this blessing, open our doors for an After-School Program Monday-Thursday to youth in grades 2-12 from 2:00-6:00pm for homework help, computer use, free play, youth groups, Bible studies, mentoring and more immediately with hopes to grow and expand as we spread the word throughout the community and our local inner city schools that we now have room for more!

As we invest in our local youth several hours each day after school, we will be focusing on four core areas of student health:

1-Academic Health through tutoring, college prep, intentional career path exposure, and academic progress motivations;
2-Social Health through positive peer interaction, fun fellowship, and diversity training;
3-Physical Health through sports recreation and nutritional education; and
4-Emotional Health through intentional mentorship, counseling, and exposure to universal love.

We will also continue to provide and enlarge our familiar youth programs such as Read2Succeed, Warrior Princesses/Lion’s Cage, Pathfinders, Empowerment, Club, and LifeBuilders.

As we transition and expand, we are going to need a LOT more volunteers …

WILL YOU JOIN OUR TEAM?

We are looking for help during the following:

-Read2Succed, Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm, needs 2 volunteers
-Club (for middle & high school students), Wednesdays from 6-8pm, needs 6 volunteers
-Pathfinders (for middle schoolers), 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 10a-12p, needs 2-4 volunteers
-LifeBuilders (for high schoolers), Thursdays from 6:00-7pm, needs 2-4 volunteers
-Lion’s Cage (for elementary boys), 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 10a-12p, needs 4 volunteers
-Free Play, Mondays-Thursdays from 2-6p, needs 4 gym volunteers and 4 OEC volunteers (can vol for 2 hr segments)
-Empowerment Sessions, Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5-6p, needs volunteer speakers
-Concession Stand Sales, Mondays-Thursdays from 2-4p, needs 2-4 volunteers

For adults, we are also offering a new counseling service (financial, marital, emotional, buying a home, addiction assistance, job placement, food help, and more) in addition to our long-standing programs such as providing affordable housing, affordable used home furnishings at Oasis Appliance, free tax prep service (VITA), a free daily senior citizen program, and so much more! If you are neighborhood resident, we’d love to assist you! If you are a professional and would like to volunteer your expertise, we would love to have you partner with us!

We also want to encourage everyone in North Memphis to attend our partnering Hope City Church with Pastor Colley Cooper on Sundays at noon! We meet at Memphis Scholars Caldwell Guthrie School and are growing together as a community that is experiencing ‘A New Way To Do Church!’

If you are excited about loving on North Memphis too but aren’t able to commit your time, we are always in need of financial donations too! We are a small ministry with a very big heart and appreciate every donated dollar so much! You can donate online, or mail donations to Oasis of Hope, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova TN, 38018.

God has his hands on North Memphis! Come and see what the excitement is about and invest in a youth’s life!

For more information or to get involved with this ministry, please contact us for details.

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