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Back Bay Mission Seeks Two Church Relations Associate

By | Employment Opportunities

Back Bay Mission is seeking two Church Relations Associates.  Please review the below qualifications and responsibilities.  Interested candidates, please email your resume to

Church Relations Associates – 2 part-time positions

These are two part-time positions responsible for fund-raising and donor development activities with Back Bay Mission’s (BBM) United Church of Christ constituency and other interested congregations.  Thorough familiarity with the United Church of Christ is essential.  At least one of the candidates will be within a day’s drive of the Mission with both candidates based in their home.  Each part-time position will be responsible for a geographic area (Northeast, Midwest, Southeast).

Education & Experience Expectations:

A Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or similar field is preferred. Previous employment in fund-raising or public relations, particularly in UCC-related settings, is also preferable.

Position Requirements:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to build rapport with diverse donors and constituents.  Must set a hospitable, gracious, and genuinely friendly tone with all constituents, on the phone, in electronic communications, and face-to-face
  • Values consistent with the core mission of BBM and shared commitment to social justice & serving low-income and vulnerable populations
  • Trustworthiness & dependability
  • Intimate working knowledge of the United Church of Christ
  • High-level administrative skills, able to manage time and priorities effectively
  • Consistent attentiveness to details and timely follow-through on tasks
  • High degree of self-motivation; able to take initiative and work independently while maintaining collegial relationships with other staff, volunteers, and donors
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in MS Office applications and Access databases
  • Ability to maximize social media outlets
  • Ability to travel frequently

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Strengthen base of individual & congregational support for BBM in the United Church of Christ
  • Increase visibility of BBM in local UCC congregations utilizing vast network of BBM volunteers, Board members, and donors
  • Engage workcampers and long-term volunteers to strengthen their ongoing commitment and giving to BBM
  • Contribute content to The Changing Tides printed newsletter, electronic communications, annual report, and other communications
  • Work collaboratively with the Board Development Committee and Community Relations Associate to develop a strategic development plan
  • Work cooperatively with the Community Relations Associate and Executive Director to implement the organizational Development Plan and provide consistent messaging
  • Conduct donor visits for individuals & congregational
  • Represent BBM at key UCC venues, or arrange for other BBM representatives (volunteers, Board members, supporters) to do so
  • Identify and arrange strategic donor visits or speaking opportunities within the UCC constituency for the Executive Director 
  • Identify grant opportunities within the UCC network and write UCC-based grants; produce reports as required by grantor (May use resources of BBM grant writer for support as needed)
  • Identify opportunities to make BBM a part of congregational or larger church capital campaigns
  • Develop content for social media communications of Back Bay Mission
  • Utilize Bloomerang donor software to manage donor information, assist with donor cultivation, analyze giving patterns, and identify giving opportunities; produce donor reports as requested in collaboration with Community Associate.
  • Coordinate media & public relations tasks within the UCC system
  • Regularly provide information and reports about giving trends, communications, or giving statistics to the Development Committee of Back Bay Mission’s Board of Directors and the Executive Director
  • Assist the Executive Director as requested to plan fund-raising and “friend-raising” visits with donors or donor prospects
  • Manage and respond to calls from UCC constituents interested in learning more about BBM or requesting information; represent BBM as requested and needed
  • Provide information to the Board of Directors as requested
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Back Bay Mission is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Back Bay Mission Seeks Day Center Case Manager

By | Employment Opportunities

Back Bay Mission is seeking a Day Center Case Manager.  Please review the qualifications and job description.  All interested candidates please email your resume to

Day Center Case Manager – Full-Time Position

The Day Center Case Manager will be responsible for assessing the need of the guests of the Day Center to determine what his/her need entails. Provide them assistance in applying for housing, employment or any other service that is needed to help them become self-sustainable.

Education & Experience Expectations:

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Family/Consumer Sciences, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Human Services, Education, Counseling, and Therapy Fields. Two years’ casework experience with a social service agency (Public or non-profit) preferable.

Position Requirements:

  • A genuine concern for homeless disabled persons
  • Empathy for and understanding of problems, limitations, and needs of the homeless
  • An ability to effectively communicate and network with other agencies and the public
  • An ability to analyze socio-economic conditions and identify unmet needs of those served on both micro- and macro- bases
  • A willingness and ability to work cooperatively with co-workers and supervisors
  • An awareness of various assistance programs and entitlements available to the homeless and disabled populations
  • Flexibility and patience
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist the homeless persons in the day center who may be eligible for any of Back Bay Mission’s programs and conduct necessary assessments
  • Work in cooperation with other caseworkers at Back Bay Mission to provide direct assistance to the homeless persons through the Mission’s programs and other resources
  • Maintain timely and detailed statistics and client case records as required by Back Bay Mission and generate program reports as requested and necessary
  • Provides crisis management for clients; makes linkages for interventions as appropriate
  • Assist clients in obtaining birth certificates and IDs for obtaining employment and/or housing
  • Support work camp and local volunteers partnering with the center to provide meaningful experiences and a sense of accomplishment for clients of the center
  • Coordinate the schedule of community health and welfare agencies who are providing services at the center
  • Participate in other activities of Back Bay Mission as requested and needed.
  • Participate in the overall function of the Day Center in moving clients to become self-sustainable

Back Bay Mission is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Make Plans for Your Mission Trip Today!

By | Mission Trips

The 2018 and 2019 Back Bay Mission mission trip calendars are open! The Mission offers the best mission trip experience in the United Church of Christ. Volunteers work in housing rehabilitation, the food pantry, and the Micah Day Center while learning about poverty on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and thinking about how they can address poverty in their own communities. You do not want to miss out on these amazing opportunities!

The 2018 calendar is almost entirely full, but a handful of dates are still open. Check out the calendar and reserve your date by .

The 2019 calendar is filling up fast, but there are still plenty of openings for your group. They won’t last long, so check out the calendar and reserve your date by .

You can learn more about mission trips to Back Bay Mission, including fees and accommodations, here.

Apply for the 2018 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship

By | Internships

Back Bay Mission is now accepting applications for the 2018 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship!

The Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship provides young adults between the ages of 19 and 35 with a unique opportunity to participate in a 10-week summer program tailored to their interests. Drawing on the Mission’s long experience in community engagement and advocacy for justice, the internship will nurture participants’ passion for social justice and develop their appreciation for the church’s role in seeking social justice.

Applications must be submitted by March 1. Notifications will be made by March 31.

You can read more about the internship, and download the application, here.

Still Thinking About a 2018 Mission Trip? You’re in Luck!

By | Mission Trips

Our 2019 Mission Trip Calendar is open, but I know that some of you are still thinking about your mission trips this year.

Here’s the good news: Back Bay Mission still has a few dates open this year!

If you want to have your 2018 mission trip at the best location in the United Church of Christ, check to see if one of these dates works for you:

January 21-27

March 4-10

May 20-26

December 2-8

December 9-15

December 16-22

Some of these dates have already been reserved by a group, but there are some slots available.

To learn about mission trips at Back Bay Mission, check out the volunteer page on our website.

To reserve your date,

Our 2019 Mission Trip Calendar Opens Tonight!

By | Mission Trips

Back Bay Mission’s 2019 mission trip calendar opens at midnight central time tonight! 

Mission trips at Back Bay Mission are some of the best service-learning experiences in the United States. During your week on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you’ll have the chance to serve in three of the Mission’s ministries, learn about the work we do on the Coast, explore how you can do similar work in your community, and grow in both faith and fellowship.

Learn more about mission trips at Back Bay Mission, check out our 2019 mission trip calendar, and get ready to make your reservation tonight!

Make Sure to Get Your Gift in the Mail!

By | Giving Opportunities

2017 is almost over. And if you want your gift to Back Bay Mission to count for this year, it’s important to get it into the mail ASAP!

Gifts mailed to Back Bay Mission must be postmarked by December 31, 2017. Gifts postmarked after that date will be counted for 2018. Please mail your gifts to Back Bay Mission, PO Box 288, Biloxi, MS 39533.

If you would like to make your gift online, you can do that until midnight on December 31, 2017.

Thank you for your generous support!

Minutes Before They Closed: A Story from Our Emergency Assistance Ministry

By | Emergency Assistance

Every month, our program staff share stories about their work and the people they serve. We want to share some of those stories with you! This story is based from a story we were told by Twila Holloway, our Emergency Assistance Case Manager. We’ve done a little bit of editing for clarity.

Last Friday, a woman called Back Bay Mission, frantic because her electricity had been disconnected and she was late on her rent. She had recently been released from a behavioral health institution. While she was there, she signed power of attorney over to a family member. Power over her home, her children, and her bank account. And when she got out, almost everything had been taken from her.Now she had called to the Mission, begging for help for herself and her two children.

Twila, our emergency assistance case manager, got to work right away. It was 4:20 on Friday when the woman called. In 40 minutes, places would close for the weekend, including the electric company. If Twila was going to help this woman, she had to work fast.

She gathered the woman’s information, assessed her situation, and brought her into our system as a client. With minutes to spare, and cool weather in the forecast, Twila called the woman’s utility company and promised them that the bill would be paid. The company reconnected the electricity that day.

Over the coming months, Twila will work with this woman to help her get her life back on track and move towards self-sufficiency. That journey started with an emergency, a few minutes to solve it, and someone at Back Bay Mission who was willing to step up and help this woman. That is what we do.

Did you like this story? Help us tell more of them! Strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives by giving to Back Bay Mission today!

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