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Elim Pacific Ministries

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Causes: Crime & Law, Half-Way Houses for Offenders & Ex-Offenders, Job Training, Mental Health, Protestant, Religion, Substance Abuse Treatment, Vocational Counseling

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

Programs: Case Management, Job Training, Supported Employment, Microenterprise, Counseling, Trauma Therapy

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I probably would not be alive today without the prayers of everyone connected with this ministry. Back in November I was run over by a truck....the dual tries rolled right me crushing my leg and pelvis. I was shattered and out of it for several weeks. Healing prayers though are changing everything. After months in the hospital and now in rehab, I am now learning to walk again! I am alive! I have a future! Thanks to everyone who has helped me, supported me, prayed and visited.

No matter what anyone says, I have had a miracle! Even the doctors are amazed. i am hoping that I can soon come back and help again with the Manha Project Summer Deaf Camp Program

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Animu Project has been helping women and children get a new start. Lots of victims of domestic violence get really stuck and just stay the victim. The Animu Project has been able to help us get a new start in life, with a job, and help with housing too. I love what my life is becoming since I came to the Oasis Empowerment Center. They are willing to help and not just a little bit either...in big life-changing ways too...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so happy that the Oasis Empowerment Center is not just for women but is also helping men too. And on top of that, there are 3 different 12 step support groups available each week to be able to keep growing in my recovery.

I think everyone struggles to overcome in some area of our life...food, relationships, or even work. I know I need help to keep things in balance. Thanks for making this place a reality.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Where can you go to find the kind of help that can change your life? The folks here at the Dream Project are working to do just that. Some of the folks who have never had any kind of stable employment are given an opportunity to work. I love the hot dog cart and when its open we have seen tourists and military come down and eat lunch here. I have a health certificate now and can work in any restaurant around the island. This is really great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sagan Mami is a place where even if you struggle with disabilities, you are welcome. I started coming to the Sagan Mami program as was very to happy to find out that they offer time to learn to do arts and crafts. Dolores has showed us how to make candles with sand as the mold. Now some of my stuff is for sale at their store! They are really helping us out

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store is not your average store by any means. Because the bus system is so bad on Guam, I needed to find an affordable car. Hidden Treasures was able to help me get a car and i am so happy. Its not like they have cars all the time but when they do, its just great. Thank God for their help because now I can get around!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This ministry continues to reach people in such practical ways. Yesterday I happened to be there when there was a huge donation of fruits and veggies. People could pick up as much as they needed, all for free. Thank you for making a difference on Guam.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every time I donate, I must say, lives are changed. There is nothing that compares with the joy in a mother's eyes being able to support her child in a home. These kind of investments that make a difference, and are the kind that are eternal, and not just about dollars and cents.

3 Lucy Ann H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing as the first person to benefit from the residential treatment at the Oasis Empowerment Center. I had struggled with drug addiction for 18 years and even with multiple times in various recovery programs, staying sober was hard because of the lack of long-term help. Thanks to the services that this center provides I have had the time and support needed to learn how to live independently and have received relevant training for jobs. In fact I am now employed by the Oasis Empowerment Center as staff and I am able to share my life experiences with women who have the same struggles as I have had. I look forward to helping more women on Guam overcome this ever increasing island problem.

3 Ruth B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am nearing the end of my third visit to the Oasis Empowerment Centre serving the ladies in recovery here. For this trip, a three month one, I had to forfeit my job to enable me to be away for an extended length of time. That is a measure of how I rate the amazing work that is being achieved here. It really is invaluable service and I have seen lives changed as the ladies become free of the addictive mind changing habits that have had a grip on their lives for so very long.
Not only does this establishment serve ladies in recovery but also ladies escaping violent relationships and victims of sex crimes offering a safe place to reside while they piece back together their lives and before moving on into other accommodation. They help their ladies go on to gain employment and suitable and appropriate housing for them and their dependants. Ongoing support is offered enabling and empowering them to be and to remain fully integrated back into their society safely. It is one of the few church organisations that I know of which fruitfully exists to serve their community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen women have hope for their future restored to them through this amazing work and have tangible experience of the love of the living God in their lives. Its an amazing work being achieved here and its impacting many lives in an enormously powerful way. The material used by this ministry is unashamedly Christian and is very powerful. On my first visit to Guam I was witness to many receiving a believers baptism in the ocean, most of those being baptised were recovering addicts of some description. As well as fighting their demons effectively and being equipped with the tools to continue to do that, these ladies often find the only living and active God in the process. It is life changing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the blessing to be a part of this ministry for many years. It has fulfilled the acute desire and heart longing to see homeless, abused, addicted and disabled women and men find freedom, joy, and purpose in life. Before Oasis there was nowhere for them to receive this kind of care. It would break my heart every time I would encounter one of these ladies on the street and have no where to take them. Before the Oasis, a young girl coming out of the hospital to the street, asked me to take her home with me, but I was unable to do so, being homeless myself at the time, ( I have not been homeless since being involved with the Oasis over the last 10 years) this young girl was introduced to a bad crowd and was killed by a person in this group. Had there been an Oasis then, I believe this girl would be alive today. Over the years countless women, children and families have been given a new lease on life and saved from the horrors of a life on the streets. I, being one of them. And for that I am truly grateful.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked for Elim pacific Ministries for about four years. Before that I was a volunteer for about 3 years. It was the best 7 years of my life. There is nothing in life that beats being a part of something that is so life changing for a group of people who other wise would have no chance at a better life or any life at all. I was a part of helping women who were coming out of prison or off the streets. Some from terrible abuse. And many other life Issue's. They are given a new chance at life in a beautiful home setting where their material and spiritual needs are met. They learn the tools they need to live a life of victory. It is a long term program from anywhere of 6 months or longer. There is no place else here for these women to go. This is one of the most important nonprofits I support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Elim Pacific Ministries is not like any other church outreach I have been involved with. Many churches just preach about getting saved so you can go to heaven. It seems that everything they are doing here is about releasing heaven on earth! I know Guam is a rather poor and remote island with a lot of people on welfare. But this ministry believes in changing the world. They have invested in the other Pacific Islands like Pohnpei and the Philippines and Tonga and Nauru. They have worked to transform situations by setting up a recovery center and a job training center too. The work with the disabled has helped many people move forward in life. Now the domestic violence transitional housing program is really changing lives too. This is what its all about!

Renee35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked two summers at Zion Fellowship Church/Oasis Empowerment Center regarding Deaf initiatives on Guam. First summer, i worked as a volunteer and 2nd summer, I worked as an intern. Working with people at this place was a very great and rewarding experiences. They're very friendly and have a great, giving hearts. I would definitely come back and work with them again! :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oasis Empowerment Center has radically changed my life. Throughout the years my journeys have taken me to Ethiopia, Australia, Philippines, and Mexico where I have worked to help Empower people and facilitate change. Oasis provides a safe place for women who are homeless and suffering from life controlling problems. Every time that i return to Guam and join alongside Oasis I know that I am sure to see lives set free, changed, and restored. I love getting to be apart of change and seeing restoration in a tangible way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Reviewing the documentation for this organization has been quite an eye-opener. Other organizations do one or two specific things. But Oasis is helping people get connected to so many main-stream services, in addition to providing effective recovery counseling that changes lives. The ways they help the homeless get housing solutions, the unemployed get job training, the disabled get assistance, the needy get helped. Its quite impressive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the Animu Project needing a way to start new life because I was tired of all the hitting and fighting at home. They took me and my daughter in and gave me lots of help. I forgot what love felt like

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to help at the carwash and found hidden treasures thrift store and became a donor too

Allison Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a non profit that aims to give everybody a chance...A place where miracles happen. Where lives are transformed and set on track to be productive members of society. Elim Pacific is located in the heart of the beautiful island of Guam, has been serving the Pacific region for 17 years and aims to continue making a difference.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this ministry for 10 years now and love seeing the way lives are changed and hope is restored. Daily we see miracles as inner healing occurs in the lives of people we serve. Please come by and see for yourself what is happening here at Zion Fellowship, at Oasis Empowerment Center, at Hidden Treasures. Its really great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After facing significant trauma in my life, coming here was a life changer. The healing that has taken place in my heart is more dramatic and intense than I could have ever imagined. They work with the whole person, in a direct, loving, and relational way. The folks at this fine establishment are changing lives, and impacting the community in a way that is so much larger than their collective ability. They do more than empower, they walk with you through the darkness.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oasis is an excellent Faith-based NGO. Oasis is able to not only transform the lives of their target population, but also able to positively impact the lives of people within that target population's safety net. Oasis empowers women by building holistic capacity so women are able to overcome their barriers. Such work would not be possible without a committed and humble staff who are relationally engaged with the target population. Staff seek professional development opportunities, and Oasis regularly evaluates the program internally/externally. As an individual with a background in disability and international development I am proud recognize and honor Oasis Empowerment Center's transformative work.