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Back Bay Mission is Hiring a Construction Supervisor

By | Employment Opportunities

Back Bay Mission has seen a steady increase in demand for our housing rehabilitation services and this has led to a need for an additional team member. Being we are the only organization in our community doing this much-needed work Back Bay Mission will be expanding this program so we can serve more clients.  Please see the job description and needed skills below.  If you are interested in applying for the Construction Supervisor position please email your resume or send any questions to Rev. Alice Graham, Ph.D., .  

General Duties of the Position:

  1. Provide initial assessments of potential work projects; define the scope of work and project goals
  2. Provide on-site construction management to volunteer work teams, including safety protocols, training, and supervision
  3. Work with designated site supervisors of volunteer work teams to facilitate progress on work sites and communicate project goals
  4. Assist Construction Manager and volunteers in assessing the need for construction materials and procuring those materials
  5. Maintain ongoing punch lists for each project to provide continuity as various volunteer groups cycle in and out
  6. Keep tools and tool trailers organized and maintained as needed.
  7. Assist in providing a positive experience for weekly volunteers.
  8. Communicate with Construction Manager and clients regarding progress and design decisions.
  9. Work with all local city inspectors on projects.

Desired Skills:

  1. Good general construction skills
  2. Flexibility and patience
  3. Strong organizational skills
  4. Self-starter and able to work independently while valuing teamwork
  5. Ability to work well with skilled and unskilled volunteers, adults and youth
  6. Have good communication skills.


New Promotional Video!

By | Announcements

Have you ever wished you had more information about Back Bay Mission? Have you ever wanted to tell other people about the services they offer, but not had the knowledge to share? Have you ever listened to Back Bay staff talk about the work they do every day? 

Now is your chance! Back Bay Mission just launched a new promotional video! The video has been posted on our YouTube channel, filled with snippets from staff and community members who all share information and stories about the day to day impact Back Bay Mission has on our community here on the Gulf Coast. 

To view the video, you can follow the link attached in this post, or go directly to our YouTube page and watch it from there. Help us spread the word! Share with your friends, family, church members, and anyone you think might benefit by watching. 

Video Link: 2018 Introduction to Back Bay Mission



Basics to Hosting a Shrimp Boil to Raise Money and Awareness for Back Bay Mission

By | Giving Opportunities

For decades, shrimp boils have been a traditional way for churches to support Back Bay Mission. Every year, churches and other organizations around the country host these simple events. Through them, congregations strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Traditionally, shrimp boils are simple events that any church can easily host. And to make it easier, we’ve prepared this short guide to host one! We hope you’ll take a look and consider supporting Back Bay Mission by hosting your own shrimp boil.

Shrimp Boil Basics

Shrimp boils are informal events. The traditional Gulf Coast shrimp boil recipe is nothing more than water, shrimp, lemon, seasoning, heat, and time. The cooked and drained shrimp is then poured out over newspaper-covered tables and served with cocktail sauce and drinks. Cleanup is taken care of by gathering everything on the table and putting it right in the trash. No dishes or silverware means no fuss, no muss.

When it comes to programming, we generally suggest dinner first. An hour for dinner and an hour (or less) for a program strikes a good balance between fun and learning. The program portion of the evening can be taken care of by volunteers from your congregation, people in your area who have agreed to represent the Mission or even Mission staff!

Shrimp boils raise money either through ticket sales or free-will offerings (or both). These, too, keep things simple. Ticket costs can be based on the amount it costs to host the event. Free-will offerings may mean that the church has to cover at least some of the cost of the meal. Either way, if the audience is excited to be supporting a good cause, these can raise money to support Back Bay Mission.

Of course, different churches do things differently. Some congregations prepare low country shrimp boil with sausage, potatoes, corn, and more. Some serve their boils on plates. Some add salads, garlic bread, and non-shrimp options. Some raise money through silent auctions and raffles. Some have wine pulls. Shrimp boils are as diverse as the congregations that host them.

Below, we’re going to give some suggestions on hosting a shrimp boil that you can mix and match. This will help you make your shrimp boil yours while keeping the common core that brings all shrimp boils together: strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives.

The Food

Gulf Coast shrimp boils are usually simple. This recipe will serve eight, so multiply accordingly:

  • Thaw and separate 5 lbs. of frozen shrimp. We suggest 26/30 count shrimp, which means 26 to 30 shrimp per pound. These are sometimes labeled ‘Extra Large’ shrimp.
  • Bring 3/4 gallons of water, 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of lemon juice, and 1 oz. Zatarain’s liquid shrimp and crab boil (or 1 bag Zatarain’s dry shrimp and crab boil) to a boil.
  • Add the shrimp to the water.
  • Boil the shrimp for four to six minutes. After that, remove a shrimp from the water, shock it in cold water, and test it for doneness. If done, the shell will be separating from the flesh, which will be firm and white.
  • Once the shrimp is done, remove it from heat and 1/2 gallon of cold water to stop the cooking process. Steep the shrimp for three to five minutes. Drain and serve hot.

You might prefer a low country shrimp boil, with more ingredients. And many congregations add salads, garlic bread, and cocktail sauce. You can find some recipes here:

You may also want to have a non-shrimp option for kids or others who might just not like shrimp.

The Service

Traditional shrimp boil service is simple. Cover tables with old newspaper and pour the shrimp over the table. Guests can grab, peel, eat, and deposit their peels right on the table. This makes cleanup easy as well: just grab everything and put it in the trash. Most churches that host shrimp boils do something like this, though many also have plates for people. Choose something that fits the personality of your congregation, but we recommend against buffets or formal table service.

The Program

Part of the purpose of any shrimp boil is to introduce people to – or update people about – Back Bay Mission. Usually, this is done through a program after dinner. There are a few different options for a great program.

If your church has recently gone on a mission trip to Back Bay Mission, your volunteers might be able to put a great program together. They can share about their experiences and about what they learned while they were with us in Biloxi.

If you’re new to Back Bay Mission, don’t have any volunteers in your congregation, or just want something a little more special, contact church relations associate Carol Merriman(by phone at 228-243-5322 or ). She’ll be happy to come to your shrimp boil (or, if she’s unavailable, set up a visit from other Mission staff, a member of our Board of Directors, or a volunteer in your area). Please note that we can only send staff if the shrimp boil is raising money specifically for the Mission.

Plan on leaving about an hour for the program.

Raising Money

The other part of the purpose for a shrimp boil is to raise money. There are a few great ways to do this.

First, you can sell tickets. Your best bet here is to figure out the cost per serving and double or triple it. This will make sure that you cover costs and that you raise additional money for the Mission.

Second, you can take a free will offering. This can be done by having baskets for donations on the tables or by passing a basket through the crowd.

Third, some churches decide to add other options for raising money. They can be a lot of work, but silent auctions, raffles, and other events can raise significant amounts of money. Check your state and local laws before raising money in ways other than ticket sales and free will offerings. Some fundraisers, like raffles, are regulated.


Shrimp boils are a great way to introduce your congregation to Back Bay Mission while raising money to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We hope you’ll consider hosting one at your church or organization. Once you’ve decided to do that – or if you want to explore the idea some more – contact Church Relations Associate Carol Merriman (by phone at 228-243-5322 or ) and let us know!

In Their Shoes

By | Events, Micah Day Center

Have you ever found yourself wondering what it is like to be homeless? Living on the streets, never knowing when your next meal will come, or when you’ll again wear clean clothes? Sleeping on the streets or in the woods? 

Now is your chance to learn what a day in the life of a homeless person is like through Back Bay Mission’s In Their Shoes program. Start your experience with a homeless scenario. Come to understand why homelessness occurs, especially in regions such as the Gulf Coast. Learn what services are offered by Back Bay Mission, and other partnering organizations. Meet program caseworkers and learn what each does to support our clients. In just over two hours, your eyes will be opened to a whole world existing just outside your doorstep.  

OCTOBER 11 | 9-11:30 AM



Come together and learn about our homeless community by taking a walk…

In Their Shoes

RSVP to Laura Payne, or 228.432.0301

Movers for Military Partnership!

By | Veterans
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gulf Coast has been serving the Mississippi coast with professional movers and packing services since they opened their Gulfport office in 2013. Since then, their services have grown to a fleet of 10 trucks with 25 full-time movers and a recently added satellite office in Hattiesburg. They move apartments, condominiums, homes, and everything in between. Whether you need help rearranging furniture from one room to another, or you’re moving down the road or across town, let TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gulf Coast make your home or business relocation easy, affordable, and stress-free.

To make things even more exciting, starting October 1st, Two Men and a Truck will partnering with Back Bay Mission to raise money for our Veteran Support Fund. For every LIKE their Facebook page receives, Two Men and a Truck will be donating $1.00 to Back Bay Mission. Follow the link below to their Facebook page, Like, and help do your part to support our veterans.  

Two Men and a Truck: Movers for Military!


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