Meet Our Newest Oasis Family Member, Rev. Neko Sharkey

July 26, 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

July 24, 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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Rescheduled to Sept 5: Volunteer/Parent Orientation

July 23, 2017

BWP-Martell-500EVENT RESCHEDULED: Hello Oasis Parents & Partners, due to inclement weather associated with Hurricane Harvey, we will be rescheduling tonight’s Parent & Volunteer Orientation to Tuesday, September 5th at 6pm at the Bickford Community Center.

Please be safe this evening with your families.Considering getting involved? Come be our guest and join us for our Volunteer/Parent Orientation at 6:00pm at the Bickford Community Center on SEPTEMBER 5th and let us share our programs with you!

Curious if there is a volunteer opportunity that fits you? Whether you like to work with younger kids, older teens, tutoring, singing, 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:

Read2Succeed
Warrior Princesses (girls grades 3-5)
Lion’s Cage (boys grades 6-8)
Middle School Club

Pathfinders (Jr. High)
Angel Street

Life Builders (Sr. High)
High School Club
Oasis/Hope City Fall Fest (October)
Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings
Bickford Seniors Program
Hope City Church

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

If you’d like more information about our programs, please email Ellyn (ellyn.gluntz@oasis-of-hope.com), or check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

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Why SLA is Impacting North Memphis this Summer

July 20, 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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Save the Date: Fall Fest is Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1-4pm

July 04, 2017

fall-fest2014-bingo500Please come and celebrate the Fall season with us!

This year we will again be partnering with Hope City Church to bring you a more Gospel-focused Fall Fest that will be filled with all of the fun items you’ve come to expect (like bounce houses for the kids, face painting, games, bingo prizes, great food, etc), plus some exciting new additions like performances by AngelStreet, a Gospel rapper, an encouraging word from Pastor Cooper and much more!

The festivities will happen on Sunday, October 29, from 1-4pm at the Bickford Community Center (233 Henry Ave). This is a GREAT time for every age group! This is an annual event that the community and volunteers look forward to every year! It is also a great way to experience our North Memphis neighborhood and to get to know Hope City a bit more now that they have been around for one year.

We need lots of help to make our annual Fall Festival a success. Here’s what we need:read-to-succeed-spring-brea

VOLUNTEERS: We need help coordinating games, monitoring the bouncy castles, managing the prize table, face painting, food service, bingo calling, etc. You can serve in various areas and during various time slots. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Neko.

PRIZE & CANDY DONATIONS: We also love to bless Fall Fest attendees with the fun of winning great prizes through kid-appropriate games as well as the bingo table! We will be giving away two $50 Oasis Appliance gift certificates, as well as 2 adult and 2 children’s bikes in addition to numerous other prizes!

If you would like to donate prizes (either small or large), please let us know or drop off your items at the Information Desk or Reception Desk at Hope Church (mark donations for Oasis of Hope). We are always looking for items such as tools, towels, blankets, cleaning supplies, Kroger gift cards, Family Dollar gift cards, toys, board games, domino sets, playing cards, jewelry, small electronics, and footballs/basketballs/baseballs. If you’d like us to shop for you, click here to donate online.

Free food will be available! Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies, drinks will be offered.

North Memphis residents: Please plan to invite your neighbors!!!

As always, we will need many volunteers and many donations of candy and prizes! Plan to join us and get in on the fun and help us welcome our friends – new and old!

For more information or to volunteer or donate, 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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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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Thanks Hope Church For Bringing Hope to N Memphis!

June 02, 2017

bringing-hope-web800Urban ministry is all about partnerships because without them, the vision to make an impact is too vast! So, when Hope Church shared that they were committing to a daily intensive reading and lunchtime manners program in a school we have been investing in for years too, we were THRILLED! It’s been great to see the students at Caldwell-Guthrie Memphis Scholars Elementary in North Memphis being loved on from many angles!

Hope’s new program – “Bringing Hope” – did just that this year! Thanks to Program Leader Jacqueline Smith’s vision & understanding of classroom needs, volunteers answered the call to show up weekly to be a source of encouragement & support to teachers. Each volunteer committed to serving one hour a week during Reading Block in the same classroom through out the year. Working with a small group of students, Hope volunteers read with students & utilized guided instruction to enhance reading comprehension skills.

As always, volunteers soon learned that as they encouraged students & teachers, the rewards were reciprocal. Seeing students improve their reading comprehension & grow their desire to learn is rewarding enough, but becoming part of the community at Memphis Scholars Caldwell Guthrie is priceless.

Thank you Hope!

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact Kathleen. For more information about Oasis of Hope’s ministries, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check out 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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Helping Young Readers Get READy To Meet Their Goals

May 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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Donations Needed to Restock Oasis Appliance and Home!

May 02, 2017

2015-1-staff-176x176It’s tax season again, which means BOOM-TIME for Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings!

Our customers often wait to get their tax refund before purchasing needed appliances or pieces of furniture. Keeping our stockroom filled is a challenge year-round, but keeping up with demand January-April is especially challenging because we are busy! It’s a good problem to have!

If you have an appliance that you are considering updating, or some furniture that you’d like to donate to a good cause – the best timing is now!

2013 11 new arrivals web300 (14)If you’re a Hope Church attender, you can deliver any items both big and small to the “Oasis Appliance” trailer in the parking lot outside Entrance 3, or contact us for pickup, or call 901-577-0013. We are excited to be operating in our new location in the Frayser Northgate Shopping Center, 3154 Thomas Street (behind AutoZone), Tuesday-Saturday 10a-4pm. Come check us out! Everyone is welcome to shop and every sale helps provide job training & employment for an under-resourced community.

SHOP! Everyone is welcome to shop and proceeds benefit this ministry

DONATE! Please continue to send us your donated appliances, furniture, and decor

VOLUNTEER: We’d love to plug you in; maybe this is a place you can give back to our city in 2017?

SPREAD THE WORD! Help us alert North Memphis, Frayser and beyond to our new, temporary location. Nothing is as valuable as a personal recommendation! Please tell your friends, family and neighbors through word-of-mouth or on social media (Follow us on Facebook).

PRAY! Please also be praying for direction as we continue to seek a permanent space in North Memphis to fulfill this practical need within our ministry neighborhood.

Thank you for your support! We are so happy to be back up and running after our fire in August!

For more information, or to schedule a pick-up, visit www.oasis-of-hope.com. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following Oasis on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

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