Service Over Self exists to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed through urban home repair camps.

Spring Break

College students travel from all across the country to partner with inner-city homeowners in making their homes warmer, safer and drier. Through relationship building and home repair, groups are invited to participate the kingdom work of bringing renewal in our city.

Summer Camp

SOS offers Junior High and High School students the chance to sacrifice a week of their summer to immerse themselves in the inner-city of Memphis. Students partner with homeowners to serve Memphis and our Savior by repairing homes in the Binghampton and Orange Mound neighborhoods.

The Academy

The SOS Academy is a one year internship that trains and equips 19-26 year olds to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with their God in an urban context. Interns will gain practical urban ministry experience and will be discipled as followers of Jesus Christ as they live incarnationally in a low-income urban neighborhood in Memphis, TN.

SOS Builds

SOS Builds is an after school program for urban youth providing educational, character, and leadership enrichment through hands-on construction training. Through SOS Builds, urban youth will gain practical vocational skills, learn to be servant leaders, and grow as followers of Jesus.




Homes Repaired


Summer Staff


Shingles Replaced

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    Meet a Homeowner – Ms Gladys

    In the latest installment of “Meet a Homeowner”, SOS Academy intern, Emily Gluntz, sat down with Ms Gladys whom SOS and Team Leader, Nick Stevenson, partnered with in summer 2014. Emily: SOS had the privilege of partnering with you this last year, can you share......

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    Walking in Another Man’s Shoes

    This post comes from SOS Academy intern, Andrew Schneipp, who spends his days working with World Relief. “Hey. Hey, yo, man! Can I get a couple bucks for the bus? For coffee? For food?” This is a familiar, but uncomfortable encounter for many of us.......

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    ReFrame Conference Update

    Last week our full time staff traveled to Johnson City, TN to attend the Reframe Conference. The Reframe Conference is put on by the Reframe Association, a national network of nonprofit home repair organizations committed to providing occupants of substandard housing with safer, more livable......

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    Tough questions and inspiring stories from Atlanta

    With characteristic charm, vivid story-telling and words erring on the prophetic, Robert Lupton welcomed us to Atlanta and quickly oriented us to the central concern for this gathering of urban ministry practitioners: to address the “toxic charity” which has tainted the efforts of countless churches......

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