Advance Memphis 5K on May 30

Come join in the 5K fun!

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May 30, 2015 @ 8:00 am

Start & Finish lines at First Evangelical Church
(735 Ridge Lake Blvd • Memphis TN • 38120)

Gather your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers for a fun-filled 5K run/walk event through the beautiful Ridgeway Loop! It will be a fantastic event for all ages!

Register online TODAY!

Early Packet Pickup is at First Evangelical Church on Friday, May 29th from 9:30 am – 6:30 pm. Race day Registration & Packet Pickup begin at 7:00 am at First Evangelical Church.

All proceeds benefit the programs at Advance Memphis!


Time for a Feast!

15699635430_c8269aeeef_kYOU’RE INVITED! Come share the LOVE!

As you may have heard, there’s a new tradition at Advance: the Feast. Multiple times throughout the year we plan an afternoon of fellowship and feasting to celebrate our working grads. We love it when volunteers and friends join! If you haven’t experienced one yet, NOW is your chance: join us Friday, February 13th, anytime between 12 and 4. Feasts honor our working grads and everyone is invited, so bring friends along with you. Come and reconnect with participants you’ve tutored or mentored and enjoy a great meal. Need help getting in touch with a grad? Let Amanda know! This Feast will feature chili with all the fixins and a dessert contest brought to you by the Advance Memphis staff team!


Supply Drive 2015

2015 Val Supply Drive with background

 It is time again to share the LOVE and participate in the Advance Memphis Supply Drive! Last year, generous supporters helped us raise almost $5,000 in supplies and testing fees.

 Each year 100+ Advance Memphis participants make choices and take steps to move forward with their educational and professional goals, such as:

  • Completing the Jobs for Life soft-skills job training class and going to work.
  • Learning important personal finance tools and opening a matched savings account to purchase a car.
  • Persevering to earn their high school equivalency, gaining access to better jobs and further education via college. 
While supplies may not seem like that big of deal, they are a necessity to our programs, and the cost of them can add up quickly. The Supply Drive is an easy way to contribute in a meaningful, tangible way! We are looking for Team Leads to help make the Drive happen. This can be done by emailing friends and gathering supplies, putting some flyers (which we will provide) on the wall in a break room or a Sunday school room, or in any way that your creativity may lead you. The supplies we’re looking for are: Kleenex, Sticky notes, Ballpoint pens, Reams of copy paper, White board markers and erasers, and Checks to cover GED/HSE testing fees. If you would like to be a Team Lead for the Drive or want more information, contact Kate.



Christmas Cards 2014


As you plan for Christmas gifts and cards, consider a gift to Advance in honor of friends and family. Gifts of $10 or more receive the card shown. It’s an incredibly simple way to support the community around Advance Memphis, share the joy of Christmas with your loved ones, and get some help with a holiday task.

This year’s card uses a verse from O Holy Night to remind us of Christ’s ability to make all things new – a concept we hold on to pretty tightly at Advance.

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace. 

The bottom of the card states that a gift to Advance Memphis has been made in honor of the recipient. To get started, simply complete this form. It’ll take you through the process of giving us your name and address and method of payment and then give you space to give us the names and addresses of your recipients. If you have any questions, please get in touch. And thank you for considering supporting Advance in this way.


2014 Art for Jobs LIVE Artist: Kristen Rambo

kristen2Kristen Rambo was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and currently works in the historic Cooper Young district. She works primarily as a painter, but also has experience in ceramics and printmaking. In 2012 she graduated from Memphis College of Art with a BFA and a minor in Art History.

Rambo is currently working on a series using the female form in high abstraction. She has been in group shows at Rust Hall, Brinkley Plaza, Gallery 56, Martial Arts, and Glitch. Learn more about her work here.

Kristen is excited to be a part of Art for Jobs 2014. She’ll be live painting as part of the event, from 5:30 to 7:30. Last year’s live painting was done by artist Brandon Marshall on the west side of our building on Vance; learn more about that mural here.








2014 Art for Jobs Artist: Jennifer Ellis

Gather to Grow Tree | Jennifer Ellis | 24" x 12"

Gather to Grow Tree | Jennifer Ellis | 24″ x 12″

Generous local artist Jennifer Ellis has given us two pieces for Art for Jobs this year. Jennifer works on commission locally and in Jackson, Mississippi.

Sunflowers in Antique Olive Jar | Jennifer Ellis | 28" x 24" framed

Sunflowers in Antique Olive Jar | Jennifer Ellis | 28″ x 24″ framed


2014 Art for Jobs Sponsor: Memphis Center for Food and Faith

mcfandfWe are grateful for all of our 2014 Art for Jobs sponsors. Their generous support is a blessing to the 38126 community as well as the entire city of Memphis.

The Memphis Center for Food and Faith promotes education and action to help congregations better connect their food practices to ministries of creation care and community renewal. Using a biblical framework, the Center invites congregants and clergy to explore eating as a theological and spiritual act. We sponsor regular symposia. We facilitate small group seminars. These seminars are flexible, tailored, and project-driven. Contact Noah to learn more about how theological education might help your congregation better connect its food practices to the Mid-South’s land, people, and economy. Find them on their website here.


Be a Part of Faith & Finances Certification Training

fascil-faithandfinances-color-headerOne of the many programs we offer at Advance Memphis is a financial literacy class, Faith & Finances. The course reviews spending, saving, and income/expense tracking. But more importantly, Faith & Finances connects our finances to God’s greater plan in His world. When I think about Memphis and the high bankruptcy rates, our nation’s saving habits (or lack thereof), and even my own struggles with personal finances, I can easily become discouraged. Instead, Faith & Finances reminds me, and the class, that God sent Jesus to reconcile all things to Himself. This is great news for the city, the nation, and myself! God has a plan and is using my resources (ultimately His) to accomplish that plan. When I believe this, I am encouraged by the importance I have in stewarding His resources.

The Faith & Finances curriculum comes from The Chalmer’s Center for Economic Development. Over the course of 12 weeks, Faith & Finances hones in on how our individual finances fit into God’s plan. For the past several years, we have taught these classes at Advance and think the material is outstanding, the classes are fun, and the entire design honors the participants and their experiences. Since Advance Memphis is so invested in the themes and ideas connected in the curriculum, we are offering a certification course for future Faith & Finances sites. The Faith & Finances Certification Training is for anyone interested in hosting a site or using this curriculum.

  • The training begins with an online portion on September 29th
  • Additionally, there is a live training event on November 14th-15th
  • Cost for the training is $350 (if you register before September 14th)

Having personally been through this training and led portions of it as certified a trainer, I can say that this will be a tremendously valuable experience for anyone interested in adult education and/or financial literacy among low-income communities. Register today!



Community members and volunteers partaking in a feast held earlier this year.

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. ” – Acts 2:42

Mark your calendars for next Friday, May 16. The Employment Support department of Advance Memphis is throwing a feast to honor employees and provide a time for fellowship, food, and fun! Whether a graduate, volunteer, friend, or neighbor, all are welcome and encouraged to attend! For those who have served as a Champion or Ally, this will be a great opportunity to connect with your small group members and come join in the feast together. Festivities will kick-off at 12:00 pm at Advance Memphis and will last well into the afternoon.


Advance Will Benefit from Tennessee Brewery Untapped

Breig/Daily News

Breig/Daily News

If you haven’t yet gotten downtown to experience the phenomenon that is Tennessee Brewery Untapped, join us on Sunday! Local entrepreneurs have shown incredible creativity in an effort to demonstrate that a profit can be made in unexpected places — and that, maybe, some of those places are worth saving. If there’s anything Advance can get behind, it’s a visual representation of hope in a hopeless place, and we’re honored to have been invited to be one of the benefiting non-profits.

Read more in the Daily News about this inspiring enterprise, or watch the Choose901 video. Come on down to 495 Tennessee Street on Sunday between 11a and 9p and choose Advance Memphis to receive your donated dollar with each brew purchased. It’s a kid-friendly environment, and there are food trucks, too. What more could anyone want on a beautiful Sunday afternoon? This magical place disappears June 1st, so join us this weekend for some locally brewed hope.