You know Back Bay Mission as a place that meets the immediate needs of the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Over the last few years, we’ve been adding ministries that not only meet those immediate needs, but help people begin their journeys out of poverty.

And this summer, your gift to those programs could be worth twice as much.

In 2017, we’re raising $150,000 for three vital ministries: Bridges Out of Poverty, community health initiatives, and our veterans support fund.

Bridges out of Poverty helps people move out of poverty through an evidence-based curriculum that includes mentoring. A 16-week class helps participants create plans and strategies what will help them achieve their goals. During and after that class, participants receive mentoring from community members as well as ongoing support from Mission staff.

Community health initiatives help people be good stewards of their health. Through classes and activities, participants learn about common health problems and how to prevent them. Through case management, people with health problems are supported through their illness. Together, these initiatives address the barriers caused by poor health, make our community healthier, and position our neighbors for sustainability.

The veterans support fund gives immediate help to veterans who hit a bump on the road to self-sustainability. This fund helps veterans fix their cars, buy clothes for job interviews, and overcome other obstacles on the way to a better life.

A generous donor has offered to match up to $10,000 in gifts to these programs. Make your gift before August 31, 2017, and it could be matched.

I hope you’ll join us in supporting these powerful ministries. Go to our campaign page and make your gift today!

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