OASIS program featured in Albuquerque Journal
Athalia Jones spoke at an OASIS Albuquerque panel discussion about Home Circle, a black women’s group she belongs to that has been active in Albuquerque for 100 years. She is featured in this Albuquerque Journal article by Elaine Tassy.
When Athalia Jones showed up for her 99th birthday party at the Center for Spiritual Living last month, assistant minister Andrew Groves asked her how she was.
“Every time I see her,” he said of the petite and bespectacled Jones, “when I ask how she is, she says, ‘I am so happy to be here.’ That’s just who she is – just happiness to be wherever she is, happiness to be on the planet, and I think that’s a mutual thing: she brings that out in everyone.”
The party there was one of three birthday celebrations for Jones, one of the oldest living black New Mexicans, the oldest living black graduate of the University of New Mexico and a member of the black women’s organization, Home Circle, which celebrated its 100th year of service this year.
OASIS tutoring program featured in the Rio Rancho Observer
OASIS tutor Janis Cline was interviewed for the story.
...Cline worked with a fourth-grade girl.
“I think it was very beneficial for her,” she said. “She doesn’t read as much as she should; I think she needed to comprehend what she was reading. I tried to increase those skills and her writing skills. And we did vocabulary words.”
Cline did her best to find reading material that “her girl” was interested in, and then have her “think, talk and write about it.
“It’s amazing what you can do in that hour,” Cline said, already thinking about returning to ESE but, in 2014-15, taking on two youngsters.
Click here to read the whole story.
Spotlight on Albuquerque tutor in the OASIS Institute's annual report
Margie Hobby helped her student find her voice as an OASIS tutor. It is one way Margie has stayed active and connected after retirement. "I do a lot of volunteer work, but this is the one that I really, really love."
Albuquerque OASIS has MOVED!
Our new address is:
3301 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 18
We are located in the American Square Shopping Center on Menaul just west of Carlisle NE in the building facing the American Home Furniture store.
Click here for a Google map of the new location
(please note that the Google map shows the shopping center but not our actual location, which is at the east side of the building).
Special Collections Library & OASIS present the 2014 Speakers Program "From New Town to the Nuclear Age: Albuquerque 1880-1960." Free monthly lectures (no registration required) at Botts Hall, Special Collections Library, 432 Central Ave. NE. Please call the Library at 848-1376 or visit their website for more information!
OASIS wins the American Society on Aging 2013 Gloria Cavanaugh Award
The American Society on Aging (ASA) has announced three national leadership awards recognizing significant contributions to the field of aging. The 2013 winner of the ASA Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education is the OASIS Institute. Click here for more info.
OASIS was named by the Social Impact Exchange as one of 100 top-performing nonprofits
The Social Impact 100 is the first-ever broad index of effective, high-impact nonprofits that serve large numbers of people in need, have evidence of results and are ready to grow. Read the press release.
An OASIS of Sound
Albuquerque OASIS members with hearing loss now have the opportunity to enjoy our classes through the installation of a “hearing loop” in our Macy's classroom.
Hearing loops are the assistive listening system of choice for most hearing aid users. The loops utilize what is called a telecoil in hearing aids that negates the need to remove the devices and don a borrowed headset in order to hear the speaker. By simply pushing the telecoil button on their hearing aids users can block out much of the background sound while wirelessly connecting to an electromagnetic signal carrying the the speaker’s voice to their hearing aids for dramatically improved clarity.
The OASIS hearing loop was donated and installed by Mike Langner, a retired Albuquerque radio engineer and looping aficionado who is a member of the Loop New Mexico Committee with help from Samuel Castillo of the nonprofit assistive devices retailer ATS Resources. Falling back on his radio experience, Langner included a wide-range automatic volume control circuit with the installation to compensate for speakers with overly loud or soft voices in order to provide the best possible speech clarity for those listening through the telecoils of their hearing aids. Upon hearing sound from a loop using the telecoils in her hearing aids for the very first time, OASIS regular Barbara Katz said, “Wow! That’s amazing!”