OASIS Media Highlights

Oasis tutor Dale 'Woody' Woodard works with his student Hunter 72 years apart, the second-grader and the Harley riding Navy vet forge a bond

By Doug Moore, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 10, 2017-
The man in the leather motorcycle jacket is known as Mr. Woody around these parts, where conversations touch on dinosaurs, robots and upset stomachs.

As Mr. Woody walks through the halls of Drummond Elementary, he is nothing short of a celebrity. “I love him,” mouths the librarian as he walks by. Everyone here seems to.

As he has every Monday morning this school year, Mr. Woody, formally Dale Woodard, headed from the office to Ashley Burd’s second-grade room where the boy with the mop top of red hair keeps close watch on the door. Read the article.


Simona Valanciute at the new Oasis San Diego Wellness Center

San Diego Oasis moves from Mission Valley to Grossmont Mall

By Sara Appel-Lennon, Mission Valley News - January 13, 2017

Oasis Learning Center is relocating to a new home in La Mesa’s Grossmont Shopping Center at 5500 Grossmont Center.

The new location will consist of two centers — a Wellness Center and a Lifelong Learning Center.

The Wellness Center, which opened on Jan. 9, hosts exercise, dance and mind-body classes.
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Elzora Douglas, Oasis tutor with her student in Ferguson MO

How to Stand Up and Show Up for America’s Kids

By Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue

November 17, 2016 - Elzora Douglas, 68, says about four years after retiring from working as a St. Louis social worker administrator in 2004, she wanted to “try to give something back” to children. “Many times, children are not responsible for what’s going on around them, but they’re impacted more than anyone else,” says Douglas.

So Douglas signed up to tutor 1st through 3rd graders weekly through Oasis, a national nonprofit educational group for people 50 and older.  She’s been doing it ever since and currently tutors two students every Tuesday — one at a time, 45 minutes each. Read the article.


Adults in an Oasis Better Choices Better Health-Diabetes workshop develop skills to manage their health

Community-based programs can improve health outcomes for older adults with diabetes

By Marcia M. Kerz and Sarah Lovegreen, Aging Today

November 2016 - Emelda Harris is 83 years old and has been dealing with diabetes for the past 20 years. That she is still active is a testament to her steadfastness and strength in coping with a challenging health condition.

Harris, a Creve Coeur, Mo., resident and a former elementary school teacher and college administrator, recently got a wellness boost by participating in a program called Better Choices, Better Health–Diabetes, a six-week workshop developed at Stanford University and offered by the OasisInstitute, a national nonprofit organization that promotes healthy aging. The program helps people implement strategies for coping with an illness that has had a devastating impact, particularly for the 25 percent of older Americans who have type 2 diabetes.  Read the article.


Marge Williams, OASIS instructor, teachers seniors how to use smart devices

Teaching grandpa how to text? Classes help older adults master smartphones

By Doug Moore, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

July 1, 2016 - Mary Lou Anderson held the smartphone with authority. Two months into her relationship with the device, things are going well. Friends showed her how to text and email from her Samsung 7. And making or receiving a phone call? No sweat.

But Anderson, 66, of Dogtown, knew the hand-held computer was capable of much more. She signed up for a class on Android use, learning how to shop for apps, access the calendar and attach photos to text messages...
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San Diego Oasis receives Breaking Away Award

San Diego OASIS receives Breaking Away Award

March 18, 2016 - KUSI-TV recognized San Diego OASIS with its Breaking Away award, given to people and organizations who are making exceptional contributions to the community.
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Cecilia Dade-Winfield, CATCH Healthy Habits volunteer, serves up a healthy snack

CATCH Healthy Habits recognized by Harris' Heroes on ABC-7 WJLA in Washington

March 2, 2016 - Leon Harris and Robin Gould stopped by the Rollingcrest-Chillum community Center in Hyattsville to visit with kids and volunteers who are learning about healthy eating and active living. "They just infuse you with laughter and energy," says Cecilia Dade-Winfield of her experience working with the children.
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