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Nine (9) Simply Ways to Inspire People to Be Great

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  – Maya AngelouThis quote by Maya Angelou is a simple reminder of the impact we can make in someone’s life through an act of kindness, a positive inspiration, or something as small as how I respond to a text message. I used to think that I was weak because I would not respond to situations or people in a way that would hurt them. But now I realize that it’s ok. I want to be a peacemaker, or peacekeeper when at all possible. And by doing that, I believe that I am bringing out the best in others.  Inspiration is powerful, and can significantly change a person’s life.  And honestly, everyone deserves a second chance.Greatness is different for everyone, and you determine what makes you great or what it means for you to be great.  Inspiring someone to greatness is both good for the one being inspired, and the one providing inspiration. Here are a few t…

History of Labor Day

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These days Labor Day is the unofficial last weekend of the summer filled with BBQs and one last weekend on the river. Usually by this point, many, if not all kids are back in school and summer fun, is at an end. But that isn’t at all what it was meant to be and it has come a long way from its late 19th century roots. More than 130 years later there are a lot of lessons we could learn from the history of Labor Day."While we may not be slaving away 12 hours a day anymore we are seeing labor concerns growing once more."Labor Day first came into being at the height of the Industrial Revolution, in a time when workers were expected to be in work 12 hours a day, seven days a week and despite restrictions that were supposed to prevent it, you could find children as young as five workings in mills, mines, and factories across the country. The poorest in the country, as well as immigrants, often face unsafe work conditions, didn’t have access to fresh air, and didn’t get breaks. Labo…

Finding the Joy in the Little Things

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When the day to day stresses of life start to get to you, and your goals or even happiness seem like they’re miles away, it’s important to remember the joy that can be found in your life every day. So often we associate happiness with big milestones. It can be easy to forget the little joys in life which really make life worth living. But when hope is lost, it isn’t always easy to find that joy. 
Thankfully, here at the Oasis Center, we understand the importance of finding joy in the little things.  Here are three ways to immediately bring joy back into your life. Count Your BlessingsWhen it feels like you are trapped in a rut, and your goals are unobtainable, it’s important to remember what you have in life already. Take some time to count your blessings. This includes everything from your measure of good health, to the warmth of the sun on a warm sunny day. When you take time to count your blessings it becomes easier to find the joy in the little things. LaughLaughing is a great way to…

8 Areas of Self-care While Serving

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It is critically important for us to practice self-care while serving.
The Oasis Center and our many partners are meeting the needs of others during a pandemic, and it is easy to put our own needs on the back burner.  The dictionary describes self-care as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health and while that is an incredibly accurate definition it doesn’t really say anything. Self-care can take many different forms and be different things for different people. For some people, their morning Starbucks run is a sort of self-care, while for others monitoring their blood sugar levels for their diabetes is self-care. Ultimately, self-care boils down to taking care of your mind, body, and spirit through your actions.
There are 8 areas of self-care and which ones will work best for you will be different from your friend, sister, and neighbor because your life is different from theirs and so are your pressures. EnvironmentalEnvironmental self-care is all about taki…

The Benefits of Volunteering During COVID-19

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While we are in COVID-19, there are still ways for you to serve as a volunteer here at Oasis Center. For more information about volunteering, please consider the following. "I’m going to let you in on a little secret about volunteering. It is not a completely selfless act. Yes, you are helping others accomplish something but you’re also getting some amazing blessings in return for your time. Here are some of the amazing benefits of volunteering."LaToyia Dennis - The Motivated MomBeing Part of a CommunityThese days most Americans report that they no longer truly feel like they are a part of any community. This loss of community results in social isolation, depression, loneliness, and being more prone to illness. By volunteering with a social change organization regularly, you become part of a community. You get a greater sense of belonging and that does amazing things for your mind, body, and soul. Helping PeopleNot only will you be part of a community when you volunteer, but y…

The Collaborative Approach To Social Change

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To some collaboration may seem complex, but to the Oasis Center, nonprofits joining forces can mean bigger strides towards achieving the mission and fostering a better world.Community organizations working together on joint projects can make their programs and activities more effective and/or more efficient.Michael Lee, Executive Director of the Oasis Center said, “My mindset, in the moment of addressing COVID-19 and the civil unrest reaching its peak after the death of George Floyd, is that social change organizations need to come together, share their services, contacts and God-given “calling” to provide evidence-based, community-centric and measurables services to collectively address systematic aspects of historical social injustice. Our efforts in this arena predate both COVID-19 and the present civil unrest and call for policing and criminal justice reform.To this end, Oasis Center and our partners to date have been developing a Dallas Social Justice Network.”
The Dallas Social J…