Put simply this organization is not just a hand out, it is a hand up. I was first drawn to Oasis Compassion Agency when I met its amazing and inspiring founder, Sharon Gill. I was impressed that the clients were required to take a class that fit their individual needs. After retiring as an elementary school media specialist, I decided I wanted to work with adults for a change. I was assigned to be a receptionist in the Womens Center and sometimes helped in the intake office. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a cooking class with clients. I found the staff to be superb and professional. The clients were appreciative, yet they had to do their part to improve their lives.
Oasis Compassion Agency offers the very best in services to those most in need in Palm Beach county. As a volunteer I noticed first hand how beneficial this organization is to the community and how blessed the clients were to receive a number of helpful and fundamental services such as food, clothing but also education and counseling. Sharon Gill is the most compassionate, caring and business minded person I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone who is thinking of volunteering or donating to a charitable cause should consider Oasis Compassion Agency. You can be certain that your time and money is being used efficiently to help people in the community with basic needs.
Oasis is a wonderful place to volunteer. The staff is caring and compassionate. More importantly, the clients, who are in financial need, are truly appreciative of the services they receive .The term Oasis Compassion Agency is very appropriate. The organization follows our Biblical instructions to care for the poor and needy. Oasis is truly a blessing to many.
I have been a volunteer and board member at Oasis for over two years. My experience with Oasis has been heartwarming and faith affirming. The organization does a wonderful job of feeding and clothing the economically disadvanted in Palm Beach County. Biblical counseling is also provided to those clients who choose to receive it and I have witnessed first hand on many occasions clients who have been dramatically touched by the caring staff and volunteers of Oasis. The clients leave with hope for the future and are quick to let us know how we have positively impacted their lives. To hear a client say "God bless you for what you are doing" still brings tears to my eyes. Oasis is not just a "hand out" food pantry. Clients must agree to take classes and look for jobs in an effort to make them self-dependent. The successes are inspirational and the Oasis Gala each year highlights the tremendous impacts that have been made upon many clients lives in becoming self-sufficient. I give thanks to God and Jesus Christ daily for having brought me to volunteer here and serve as a director.
I have been volunteering with Oasis Compassion Agency since July 2009. When I found them, through the United Way, I was willing to do whatever they needed. I chose them from the list in my area because they provide services locally and because the scope of services they provide have the ability to save individuals and families from going hungry and losing their homes. Oasis operates a food pantry, career center, now a women's center (that has opened since I started volunteering which is an amazing addition and a testatment to their dedication to the community) and a thrift store with affordable clothing including business wear for interviews and everyday work wear.
They are an amazing group that I am proud to be a part of and they gave me a great opportunity at a time when I really needed it. I was laid off when I started volunteering with Oasis and they gave me a chance to use my Human Resources skills to create an Interview Skills workshop for out of work Oasis clients. It has been an honor to teach that workshop, which I still do today more than 3 years later and will continue to do for as long as they need me. The employee and volunteers are a pleasure to work with and they genuinely care about the clients they serve. I am lucky to have found them!
Disappointed ultimately that they did not seem to appreciate all my volunteering and donations...
Volunteered here and was doing several days a week for months then had a vacation and wanted to resume schedule. I stopped by several times and was always made to feel that they were too busy! They never called me back to volunteer. With that said, I don't believe they value all volunteers.
This charity provides an invaluable public service to the residents in our community. The agency provides participating residents with assistance to get back on their feet during difficult times. Participants are given the opportunity to take part in classes that helps in job searching. In addition to providing classes on interviewing skills and resume writing, the agency also provides assistance through the food pantry. Residents who are down on their luck are able to get pastries and canned food items from the pantry during their enrollment period. This agency gives members of our community a chance to get back on their feet with dignity.
I have been with Oasis Compassion Agency for a few months. I volunteer in the Pantry during the week. I get so much joy from disbursing food to clients and praying with them and sharing words of encouragement, God, love and showing kindness. Oasis is such a rewarding place to volunteer.
I first started volunteering at Oasis Compassion Agency about a couple years ago when my college advisors recommended that I do some volunteer work because "it looks good on a resume". I chose Oasis solely because it was located 2 minutes away from my home and they were open on Saturdays. Thinking about it now, it's actually kind of interesting how my self-interest controlled my decisions for a place to volunteer, everything needed to be perfectly convenient for me. And this is the exact opposite of what volunteering is all about. When I accrued sufficient hours of volunteer work, I could have stopped, but there was something about Oasis that kept drawing me in to its doors. And of course, if I couldn't give my time, I would try my best to make a donation of some sort to help out the agency. I actually figured out what kept me coming back to Oasis. When the clients walked in to the food pantry to collect their bread and pastries, and community food, they expressed the purest form of content and gratitude that you rarely see in society anymore. They kept thanking me as if I was the CEO, when I was just the distributor, the middleman. My greatest experience is with the kids. I love giving them candy, snacks, juice, or anything else we had in the pantry for them because they're so innocent and sweet, and it breaks my heart to know that their parents can't afford a basic necessity like food, which some of us, including me, take for granted sometimes. Oasis Compassion Agency has helped me grow in so many ways. This is so remarkable because even though it is designed to assist clients in need, I was also someone in need who didn't know it, and who didn't enter Oasis for help. I didn't need food, clothing, or career counseling, but I needed a perspective to really become aware of what is going on this world and empathize with others, to love one another and treat one another as if we were brothers and sisters. It was then that I decided to understand the purpose of Oasis. Oasis is built upon Biblical principles, and is focused on assisting the homeless/needy/unemployed to get back on their feet. What's great about this program is that it "teaches a man to fish instead of giving him a fish". Oasis accomplishes this by offering computer classes and workshops to train clients to become better job applicants. In addition, the thrift store is stocked with formal attire for the clients to wear on their interviews. Clients who enroll in these courses are then eligible to receive community food for a period of 6 months. As a result, Oasis attempts to transform these clients by providing them with the tools they need to succeed and boosting their confidence and self-esteem. The program is definitely a success because the Oasis Job Counselor helped placed over 20 clients in jobs last year, and the numbers continue to rise despite the economic downturn. Amazing! It is such a privilege to be part of the Oasis team because of their loving staff, volunteers, and clients who work together for enrichment and positive growth.
I am a member of the advisory board and a floating volunteer for the Oasis Compasssion Agency. I volunteer my time, talent and resources to Oasis because it is a lifeline for hurting people in the community. Oasis helps people at thier lowest point see that there is still hope and opportunity to turn their many times desperate situation around. It provides practical solutions to daunting problems. It provides food for the hungry, clothes for those in need, particularly work clothing for job interviews, empowerment opportunities such as job counseling, resume building, computer training and many skills designed to put people back on their feet. Oasis doesn't just "give a man a fish" - it teaches men and women how to fish. In addition to volunteering my time on the advisory board, I have picked up and delivered furniture and food, helped with resumes, job counseling, food pantry work and in many other capacities. I do this because Of the great work of Oasis, its management with integrity, its heart for the community and the major impact it has on its community. One measure of the effectiveness of an organization is whether that organization would be missed in its absence. In the case of Oasis, there is no other private agency that does all that it does with such excellence and impacting so many families per year. Its absence would mean a huge void in the community. Oasis Compassion Agency changes real lives - serving over 4000 families since its inception.
Oasis Compassion Agency reaches out to people who are experiencing financial constraits after losing their job. One facet of help offered is job counseling and searching. Staff work one on one with clients to build a dynamic resume and learn basic computer skills to search for employment online. Computers are available for client use. Those who are enrolled in the program are treated with the dignity they deserve and come away with a renewed sense of self and hope for the future.