Mission: EMPOWER Pacific Islanders
LOVE people in practical ways makes miracles happen
INCUBATE dreams and initiatives that look like Heaven
MOBILIZE ministers who make a difference in the world
Oasis exists to empower people and especially women to live their destiny, overcoming barriers that have trapped them. Pacific Islander women stuck in poverty and abuse can find freedom and a new life as inner healing and trauma therapy are provided.
Results: 2002 Elim Pacific Ministries was incorporated:
2002 Zion Fellowship begins village outreaches to poor.
2004 Oasis Empowerment Center established and assists over 100 women annually to find freedom from addictions and are helped to start living a new life.
2005 The Second Chance Shop is opened in Dededo
2005 Ready2Work is established to empower individuals with disabilities to become ready for employment.
2006 Oasis moves to UIU Building and receives a special award as Non-Profit of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers
2007 Receives $125,000 HUD grant Continuum of Care funding to open the Transitional Housing Project
2008 Creates OPEN Prevention Coalition
2010 Completes Real Stories Guam Alcohol Prevention Project.
2011 Moves to East Hagatna
2011 Receives a 2 year Grant from HUD to establish the SAM Permanent Supportive Sober Living Home for women.
2012 Rape Prevention Project exceeds outreach goals.
2012 Hidden Treasures Boutique opens to help women move into greater levels of empowerment over addiction, and poverty.
2012 Empowered Together Project scheduled to open to serve women with children in Recovery
Target demographics: Pacific Islander Women, women with children, victims of human trafficking, individuals with disabilities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 95 in outpatient and inpatient programs, over 100 in rape prevention outreach
Geographic areas served: GUAM, MARIANA ISLANDS, WESTERN PACIFIC ISLANDS, PACIFIC RIM
Oasis Empowerment Center is a life changing organization that not only helps women overcome their addictions but also builds them up, enabling them to be an asset to society and be able to experience restoration to the relationships damaged by addiction. Oasis not only meets the practical needs of women, such as housing and food, it also brings healing both emotionally and spiritually, giving them the tools necessary to remain clean and sober and succeed in their recovery.
In the four years that I have been involved at Oasis, I have seen countless lives transformed, including my own. The work Oasis does with women is beyond amazing. I have seen women set free from addictions, I have seen families restored and I have seen women who once were takers from the system become productive members of society who are giving back to the community. The beauty of Oasis is that they not only help ladies overcome their addictions but they also deal with the root issues which caused these addictions to begin with, thereby truly setting the captive free!
I still am always so challenged by the stories of those who have suffered so much in the course of a life. Pain killers have helped some cope but getting addicted ends up destroying so much more. Hopeless, helpless, many have come to Oasis when they get to the end of their rope.
Challenges are huge in this economy but at Oasis, women are being empowered. Former clients serve as staff and mentor others in their recovery. Wages are low but new opportunities make up the difference. Now that Hidden Treasures is opening, we are seeing families get together in a whole new way too.
Guam can boast about a lot of things with its beautiful beaches and gateway to Asia, but it is also gripped in poverty, 43,000 people on welfare, the highest teenage pregnancy rate compared with the USA as well as 3x the number of rapes. We are committed to making a difference in Guam and that is why we are passionate about Elim Pacific Ministries