It’s Time for Birdies for Charity!

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Are you thinking about giving to Back Bay Mission and wanting to make your gift have more impact? Birdies for Charity is a great opportunity for you!

From now until midnight on May 5, 2017, you can make a pledge or gift through the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Pledges must be at least $0.03 per birdie. Your gift will be equal to your per-birdie pledge times the number of birdies made during the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. The Classic is expecting between 700 and 800 birdies to be made this year. In 2016, there were 678 birdies made. If you had pledged $0.03 per birdie in 2016, your gift would have been $20.34.

Gifts must be at least $10 and can be made directly on the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Birdies for Charity website.

Now, here’s the part where your impact can be greater. It we’re among the three top charities – based on the amount of money we’ve collected – as of midnight on May 5, 2017, Birdies for Charity will match your gift! The first place charity is matched 100% up to $7,500. The second place charity is matched 100% up to $5,000. The third place charity is matched 100% up to $2,500. Any gift will make a tremendous difference in the life of someone on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Any match will make an even bigger difference!

Strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives… make your pledge or gift today!

Applications for the 2017 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship Are Due March 1

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The deadline for applications for the 2017 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship is approaching!

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.

The internship will run from June 5 until August 11.

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

Apply for the 2017 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship

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Back Bay Mission is now accepting applications for the 2017 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.

The internship will run from June 5 until August 11.

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

The 2018 Mission Trip Calendar is Open!

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Our 2018 mission trip calendar opened at midnight central time on January 1, 2017! You can see the calendar here. We do our best to keep the online calendar up to date, but things change quickly at the beginning of the year.

. We only accept reservations through email (we use the timestamp to reserve weeks on a first come, first serve basis).

Remember that there are changes to our mission trip program that take effect for groups coming in 2018. You can read about those changes here. You can see a FAQ about those changes here. You can learn more about mission trips here.

The 2018 Mission Trip Calendar Opens Tonight!

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Our 2018 mission trip calendar opens – and we’ll begin taking reservations – at midnight central time tonight!

To reserve a week for your group, We accept reservations only through email (we use the time stamp to make reservations on a first come, first serve basis).

Remember that some changes to our mission trip program take effect in 2018. You can read about those changes here. You can also see a FAQ about the changes on our website. You can learn more about mission trips at Back Bay Mission here.

Time is Running Out!

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Christmas dinner dishes are done, the leftovers have been eaten, presents are opened, and thank you notes have been written. The year is almost over.

But there’s one thing left to do: make a gift to Back Bay Mission.

Every day, people just like you make a a difference through Back Bay Mission. You strengthen neighborhoods. You seek justice. You transform lives. And there’s still a lot to be done here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Please, make a difference today by giving either to our general fund or to our housing rehabilitation campaign.

Thank you.

Reminder: The 2018 Mission Trip Calendar Opens on January 1, 2017

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Our 2018 mission trip calendar will open at midnight central time on January 1, 2017. We’ll begin accepting reservations at that time, but a preview is available now.

To reserve a week for your group, We accept reservations only through email (we use the time stamp to make reservations on a first come, first serve basis).

Remember that some changes to our mission trip program take effect in 2018. You can read about those changes here. You can also see a FAQ about the changes on our website. You can learn more about mission trips at Back Bay Mission here.

Come Work for Back Bay Mission!

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Back Bay Mission is currently seeking applicants for two positions: a Day Center Case Manager and a Chief Financial Officer.

Reporting primarily to the Director of Client Services, the Day Center Case Manager helps identify and coordinate services for Day Center clients.

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will define the process and implement the infrastructure/systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five to 10 years. S/he will continue to build and manage administrative/financial systems, including financial, accounting, legal, information technology (IT), and human resources (HR). The CFO will work in collaboration with the Construction Manger regarding budget determination and cost controls for building maintenance. As a member of the senior management team, the CFO will be involved in strategic planning, evaluation, and professional development initiatives, as well as planning for Back Bay Mission’s growth.

You can see complete job descriptions on our employment opportunities page.

To apply for the Day Center Case Manager position, please send your cover letter and resume to our Executive Director, , by December 19, 2016.

To apply for the Chief Financial Officer position, please send your cover letter and resume to our Executive Director, , by January 15, 2017.

Mission Report: Housing Rehabilitation and Volunteers, Third Quarter of 2016

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Housing rehabilitation is a staple of Back Bay Mission’s ministry. This program helps people stay in their homes by making necessary renovations and repairs. Whether someone has lost their home to a fire, needs renovations to make it accessible to someone with a disability, or requires regular maintenance the family can’t afford, we’re there for them.

But we don’t only help people meet their immediate housing needs. We also work with our housing rehabilitation clients learn how to maintain those homes. By working carefully with homeowners and partner organizations, we give people the tools they need for a better future.

Figures in this report reflect services provided from January 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016.

You can also download a print-friendly version of this report.

Please note that this is an unaudited report. These numbers may not perfectly reflect services provided.

Services Provided 

New Houses Completed 

1st Quarter: 0

2nd Quarter: 0

3rd Quarter: 0

Major Rehabs Completed 

1st Quarter: 0

2nd Quarter: 0

3rd Quarter: 1

Minor Rehabs Completed 

1st Quarter: 2

2nd Quarter: 0

3rd Quarter: 1

Active Projects

1st Quarter: 11

2nd Quarter: 15

3rd Quarter: 14

Completed Projects

1st Quarter: 2

2nd Quarter: 0

3rd Quarter: 2

Projects Currently on Active List 

This number reflects projects we’re currently working on and projects on the waiting list.

43

Volunteers 

Churches and Organizations 

1st Quarter: 18

2nd Quarter: 18

3rd Quarter: 6

Volunteers

1st Quarter: 339

2nd Quarter: 278

3rd Quarter: 127

Hours

1st Quarter: 7,399

2nd Quarter: 8,792

3rd Quarter: 2,842

Value and Volunteer Hours

1st Quarter: $132,984

2nd Quarter: $158,256

3rd Quarter: $51,156

How You Can Help 

Since 1969, Back Bay Mission’s housing rehabilitation ministry has been a powerful force on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Whether helping low-income families stay in their homes, rebuilding after a natural disaster, or providing youth and adults from across the United States with an unparalleled mission trip experience, we are strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives.

Now, we need your help.

Back Bay Mission’s housing rehabilitation ministry became the powerful ministry that it is by coming through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As we’ve travelled further from that disaster, however, the nation’s attention has shifted elsewhere and many of the organizations that came here to help have moved on.

But Back Bay Mission is still here.

The waiting list of homeowners seeking help is more than two years long and we receive several inquiries every week. Without your help, many families will lose their homes.

To meet this need, we’re raising $200,000 in 2016 for housing rehabilitation projects in 2017. We hope you’ll be a part of it.

Strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives. Make a gift today.

Mission Report: Micah Day Center and Homeless Outreach, Third Quarter of 2016

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The Micah Day Center provides a variety of services to our low-income and homeless guests. Guests are able to take showers and have laundry done. They can use our computers, our phone number, and have mail delivered. They can receive clothes and get haircut. And, of course, the Micah Center is always a place of warm welcome and hospitality.

Everyone who comes to us is, first and foremost, the precious child of a loving God.

In addition to meeting the immediate needs of our guests, we provide resources so that they can improve their lives. Guests have access to help with their resumes, employment agencies, housing agencies, help with applications for entitlements, and so on. More than providing emergency assistance, the Micah Center helps improve the long term sustainability of its guests.

Finally, not everyone in need of our help can make it to the Micah Center. We also provide outreach services to people around Biloxi and Gulfport. This includes bus passes, hygiene kits, referrals to other organizations, glasses, propane for camp stoves, vouchers for laundry.

Figures in this report reflect services provided from January 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016.

You can also download a print-friendly version of the Micah Day Center report or the homeless outreach report.

Please note that this is an unaudited report. These numbers may not perfectly reflect services provided.

Services Provided (Micah Day Center)

Showers Taken 

1st Quarter: 633

2nd Quarter: 700

3rd Quarter: 875

Loads of Laundry Done

1st Quarter: 400

2nd Quarter: 419

3rd Quarter: 441

Pieces of Mail Distributed

1st Quarter: 374

2nd Quarter: 428

3rd Quarter: 324

Hygiene Kits Given Out

1st Quarter: 225

2nd Quarter: 211

3rd Quarter: 246

Food Stamp Applications

1st Quarter: 49

2nd Quarter: 73

3rd Quarter: 140

Telephone Calls Made

1st Quarter: 116

2nd Quarter: 153

3rd Quarter: 164

Computer Services

1st Quarter: 48

2nd Quarter: 55

3rd Quarter: 102

Haircuts Given

1st Quarter: 66

2nd Quarter: 58

3rd Quarter: 60

Socks Distributed

1st Quarter: 381

2nd Quarter: 409

3rd Quarter: 311

Services Provided (Homeless Outreach)

Due to reporting difficulties during a prolonged staff absence, the second and third quarters have had to be combined.

Referrals

1st Quarter: 27

2nd and 3rd Quarters: 34

Bus Passes

1st Quarter: 19

2nd and 3rd Quarters: 154

Hygiene Kits

1st Quarter: 28

2nd and 3rd Quarters: 120

Backpacks

1st Quarter: 11

2nd and 3rd Quarters: 7

Pairs of Glasses

1st Quarter: 13

2nd and 3rd Quarters: 2

Sleeping Bags

1st Quarter: 1

2nd and 3rd Quarters: 6

How You can Help 

When you make a gift to Back Bay Mission, you give people a place of extravagant welcome. You meet the immediate needs of low-income and homeless people, needs like showers and clean clothes. You also help people make better lives for themselves by connecting them to employment and housing services. You do so much to change the lives of the people your gift touches.

Your gift to the Micah Day Center, or any of our other ministries, makes a difference.

You can make your gift easily and securely right on this website.

You can also mail your gift to Back Bay Mission, PO Box 288, Biloxi, Mississippi 39533.

Mission Report: Emergency Solutions Rental Assistance, Third Quarter of 2016

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In 2015, Back Bay Mission received an Emergency Solutions Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This grant helps us provide immediate housing assistance to very low-income families. Sometimes, this means homelessness prevention. Sometimes this means rehousing someone who has become homeless.

Figures in this report reflect services provided from January 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016.

Please note that this is an unaudited report. These numbers may not perfectly reflect services provided.

Services Provided

Rapid Rehousing (Families)

1st Quarter: 12

2nd Quarter: 10

3rd Quarter: 25

Homelessness Prevention (Families)

1st Quarter: 8

2nd Quarter:11

3rd Quarter: 22

Who Received Help

20
Households Served, 1st Quarter
21
Households Served, 2nd Quarter

Age

0 - 17

32%

18 - 34

5%

35 - 61

42%

62 or over

21%

Race

African American

59%

White

41%

Gender

Male

48%

Female

52%

How You Can Help

When you make a gift to Back Bay Mission, you make sure that people have a home. While this grant makes sure that we can prevent homelessness and rehouse some very low-income families, there are many more people in need who cannot be served through this grant.

You can make a difference by giving to our emergency assistance program. Your gifts, which have far fewer restrictions than a federal grant, can serve even more people.

You can make your gift easily and securely right on this website.

You can also mail your gift to Back Bay Mission, PO Box 288, Biloxi, Mississippi 39533.

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