OASIS EMPOWERMENT CENTER
April 2012 Vol.9—Issue 4 Setting People Free! An Outreach of Elim Pacific Ministries
While many Working with those with Disabilities Partnering UP!
are enjoying Jerome Borja is an Occupational Aide and “Two are better than one because they have
the arrival of wonderful helper at the Oasis Empowerment a good return for their labor. For if either of
Spring, we are Center. He coaches people with disabilities them falls, the one will lift up his compan-
trying to stay and assists them in developing self-esteem, ion.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. Oasis has entered
in shade as practical skills, and vocational opportunities. into relationships with three different organi-
the sun is now Jerome enjoys assisting his clients in real zations over the past month and is looking
its hottest over Guam. Utility work sites to train them to overcome their forward to being able to extend our influ-
costs are rising and straining limitations so they can get the much needed ence and reach.
our budget but, our landlord experience to ultimately have a permanent job. We now have a Memorandum of Under-
has been very generous to us He claims that when he first started working, standing with VARO Victim Advocates
to allow us to start up our new seven months ago, he was excited to start Reaching Out, whose primary focus is to
Thrift Store Boutique without something new and now has earned a Certifi- respond to help individuals and families who
paying any additional rent (at cate in Customized have been victims of abuse. Guam reports 3
Employment. The times as many rapes per 100,000 people
least for right now!) We are
job requires him to compared with anywhere else in the USA.
calling our store HIDDEN
constantly adapt to While VARO will continue to focus on the
TREASURES to reflect the new work situa- crisis response and intervention, Oasis will
work of Oasis in all its facets. tions. For exam- provide the housing, counseling and support-
So often society throws things ple, he has helped ive services.
away. Even people who get people work as a ATC: Oasis has also partnered with Asia
stuck in addictions or when store clerk, ware- Tiger Construction (a women-owned, veteran
relationships get difficult, are house stocker, of- -owned company) and looks forward to
quickly discarded. We have a fice clerk, recep- working together to establish a new transi-
different message here be- tionist, and he even tional housing project for women with chil-
cause we value lives and find rides the Para Transit bus with his clients. Je- dren. GCC: Oasis and Guam Community
Hidden Treasures in all things. rome isn’t about just working 9 to 5, though, College entered into an MOU concerning the
Not only will people be able to as he has delved into the volunteerism world Adult Education and GED program at GCC.
find a great deal, they will also where he has actively participated in the In the near future GCC will be facilitating
meet people who care and are Homeless Point-In-Time-Count, the Special these courses at the Oasis and assisting cli-
filled with faith to pray, believ- Olympics, 5Ks, and Car Washes. Jerome has ents with academic counseling and financial
also helped with the renovations at the new aid assistance in our newly renovated center.
ing God for His transforming
Oasis building under the supervision of Ricke Sobriety House Still has Openings
Harris. “The bottom line is if I hadn’t come The Oasis Sobriety House, a transitional
Empowered Together into Oasis, I would have never seen the poten- group home for women who have successful-
We are encouraged that HUD tial I never knew I had,” Jerome said. “With ly completed a recovery program, currently
announced it will fund our the help of Oasis I improved my life so much has two openings. Contact us at 646-4601 if
new grant sometime this year. and have grown so much in my relationship you, or a woman you know, are in substance
The Empowered Together pro- with God. And I have to say, with Him by my abuse recovery and not able to make ends
ject will start a “families in side, my life keeps getting better and better.” meet. You may qualify.
recovery” program for women
with children. We will let you Please drop off your lightly used items for the HIDDEN TREASURES Boutique. Also, call the office
know when we are able to if you have store displays you can donate. We are creating jobs for those who are unemployed and
start. Thanks for your support! providing work experience training in practical ways. Come by and visit us in East Hagatna!
Support the Ministries of Elim Pacific and the Oasis Empowerment Center !
Oasis Main Office Ready 2 Work Donations/Contributions Zion Fellowship
556 E. Marine Corps Drive Vocational Training Project All donations/contributions are Sundays 10:30 AM
Supported Employment tax-deductable!
E. Hagatna, GU 96910
Online Giving at The Fireplace Wednesdays 7:00 PM
Tel: 646-4601, Fax: 646-5601 The Dream Project
Web: www.elimpacific.net EIN=66-0613185 Counseling by Appt: 777-1368