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Refugee giving back to Harlem, NY

$811 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 16 months
Created September 24, 2017
In the heart of Hamilton Heights, a neighborhood in NYC, a space that was completely unrenovated and seemingly untouched was discovered by a remarkable community member, Abdulsalam Abajebel. Better known by community members as Abdi, the owner of Oasis Jimma Juice Bar that boasts two locations in Harlem, has an incredible following in the community because of his warm aura, kindred soul, and healthfully replenishing juices, smoothies, and food. He always gives back to those that give to him, and frequently gives away food and juice for free to customers that have done a lot to support him.

He is planning on giving more to the community than ever, with his plan to launch Oasis Powerhouse, a community space in Hamilton Heights, in the next 3-5 months. To summarize, Oasis Powerhouse will be a place for everyone in the community to come together, learn new things by taking free classes, workshops, lectures, attending support groups. There is an emphasis on fostering growth for both the mind and body, through classes like music, yoga, meditation, nutrition, art, and more. We will have have certified teachers and other talented members that will volunteer their time to give back, teach, encourage, reinvest in, and nourish our community in exponential ways. Additionally, we plan on offering a mentorship program to further help community youths.

He has put all of his own finances into this project alone, financing the renovations, the construction crews, electric expenses, the rent; literally everything that it takes to build a community space from the ground up. It is starting to come together, but it still needs some work. Some elements such as flooring, lighting, heating/cooling, mirrors, electronics, yoga mats, small exercise equipment, folding chairs, and other items have yet to be purchased. We are planning a pre-launch party in October, and we would like to help raise money to purchase all goods necessary for that. In addition, I thought it would be nice to help with financing rent and billing expenses until we can get more stable funding from grants and other sources. 

Abdi gives a lot, but you can give even a little. Every bit counts. Even as his volunteer executive assistant, working hard to organize, delegate,  and help Abdi see this project to fruition, I plan to donate at least something every week. So please donate to our wonderful community cause today and pass this on to family and friends, local and global.  We would love to have this financial goal met over the next 3-5 months. Thank you for your support, and follow us for updates on IG @ oasis_powerhouse!
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Update 3
Posted by Dana Michelle
13 months ago
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Happy holidays to you all! Oasis Powerhouse has come a long way so far. We now have a weekly versatile bootcamp, a couple yoga classes, and weekly comedy show. Come the New Year, we will offer dance, a music course for children, and much more. However, we still are waiting to get 501c3 approved. Until we can really market ourselves to funding sources with that tax-deductible certification, it has been difficult to get funding and cover overhead costs. Please help us out this holiday season, and share with friends and family. Remember, every little bit counts, and it's because of the initial donations that we were able to fund the finishing details of the space, mirrors, and host events for which we provided refreshments. Thank you for your continued donations and support!
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Update 2
Posted by Dana Michelle
15 months ago
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Hey guys! Thanks to your donations, we are able to manage the expenses from the Oasis Powerhouse Pre-Launch Party we are hosting on Sunday Oct 29th. I would like to extend an invitation for you to come out to support from 1-3pm, located at 600 W 139th. st between Broadway and Riverside Dr. We will have a special VIP lunch for those who made contributions. Just say your name and I will verify from GoFund me that you made a donation. Check out our FB event page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1974437512835844/
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Update 1
Posted by Dana Michelle
16 months ago
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Thank you to the individual who donated $100 to our campaign thus far. We are seriously looking to do this pre-launch party at the end of October, and need your support so that we can at least gather food supplies and other goods necessary for that date. Please Share as well :)
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Raised by 31 people in 16 months
Created September 24, 2017
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