Back Bay Mission’s Annual Fundraiser is scheduled for April 2, 2019

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Musicians with a Mission, Back Bay Mission’s Annual Fundraiser, is scheduled for April 2, 2019

Back Bay Mission welcomes Anderson Domingues to the White House Hotel for Musicians with a Mission on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.   The evening will include Live Music, a silent auction, and hors d’oeuvres and a glass of house wine or domestic beer.  We will also have a Spin “2” Win game and raffle festivities!!  Come be a part of the fun while you are helping strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives!!

Tickets: $50 per person

Date: April 2, 2019

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: White House Hotel

Attire: Dressy occasion- suits, pantsuits, dresses

Contact Laura Payne for more information, purchase tickets, or if you wish to donate a silent auction item, 228-432-0301 or.


In Their Shoes

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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

2017 Musicians with a Mission

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On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Back Bay Mission celebrated 95 years of service at its annual Musicians with a Mission fundraiser at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi. The evening featured a traditional Back Bay Mission shrimp boil, music by the Blackwater Brass, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event went to support the Mission’s client sustainability campaign.

The evening also featured short presentations by Rev. David and Mrs. Karlyn Stephens. Rev. Stephens is a former executive director of the Mission. Mrs. Stephens was on staff, first as administrative assistant, secretary, bookkeeper, and caseworker, and later as an associate director. While they were initially sent to close a Mission that was in dire financial straits, together, they rebuilt the Mission into a social services powerhouse on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Among their accomplishments were starting Coastal Family Health and beginning the tradition of shrimp boils in the United Church of Christ.

Rev. and Mrs. Stephens shared stories of their time at Back Bay Mission.

Our deep gratitude to everyone who made this evening possible.

Musicians with a Mission is Coming!

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It’s almost time for Musicians with a Mission 2017! Join us for a festive shrimp boil, music by the Blackwater Brass, a silent auction, and more. Your ticket purchase will go to support our client sustainability campaign and help people begin their journey out of poverty.

Our featured band for the evening, Blackwater Brass is an Ocean Springs, Mississippi, based ten piece funk and jazz band. They’re heavily influenced by New Orleans style funk mainstays like The Meters, Galactic, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, but regularly drop in hints from many genres across the spectrum from gospel to EDM as well as a mix of fun pop covers throughout a performance.

Learn more (and listen to them) here.

Back Bay Mission’s client sustainability programs help people begin their journeys out of poverty.

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.

Join us on September 28, 2017, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi! Buy your tickets online or by calling us at 228-432-0301.

Support Back Bay Mission by Hosting a Shrimp Boil!

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Last week, we posted some photos from a shrimp boil hosted by our friends at Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee. 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 hosting 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 boils 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 boils 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 labelled ‘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 you’re 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 Christopher Marlin-Warfield (by phone at 228-243-5322 or ). He’ll be happy to come to your shrimp boil (or, if he’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 is 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!

Shrimp Boil at Uplands Village (Pleasant Hill, Tennessee)

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Our friends at Uplands Village, a continuing care retirement community in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, held a shrimp boil to raise money for their own mission trip to Back Bay Mission and to benefit Mission ministries! They shared these photo collages with us.

Shrimp boils are a great (and easy) way to support Back Bay Mission. If you would like to learn more about holding a shrimp boil in your community, please contact church relations associate Christopher Marlin-Warfield by or by phone at 228-243-5322!

2017 Staff Retreat Focuses on Team Building (and Fun!)

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A few times each year, members of the Back Bay Mission staff takes an afternoon to develop their skills together. Once a year, this is an all day event of education and fun. On Thursday, August 17, 2017, the Mission staff held its annual retreat. We engaged in team building exercises (including working together on escape rooms), a crazy sock contest, lunch at Osaka, and the now traditional bowling. We also shared some parting gifts with Jill Cartledge! We thought we’d share some picture of this wonderful time that prepares us to serve the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast better!

2017 Musicians with a Mission

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Musicians with a Mission is out annual fundraising party on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

This year, we’re pleased to welcome Blackwater Brass as they help us raise money for our client sustainability campaign. Blackwater Brass is an Ocean Springs, Mississippi, based ten piece funk and jazz band. They’re heavily influenced by New Orleans style funk mainstays like The Meters, Galactic, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, but regularly drop in hints from many genres across the spectrum from gospel to EDM as well as a mix of fun pop covers throughout a performance.

You can support Back Bay Mission by joining us at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi on September 28, 2017. Tickets include entry, entertainment, a buffet dinner, and a cash bar. Sponsorships include all of that PLUS backstage access to see the wall that musicians have signed during their time at Hard Rock Live. There will also be a silent auction with amazing items that you can bid on.

Come on down to Hard Rock Live on September 28 and have a great night strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives! Head over to our event page to buy your tickets or make a donation!

One Week ‘Til Musicians with a Mission!

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There’s just one week left ’til Musicians with a Mission!

Be sure to join us on September 29, 2016 from 5:30 to 9pm at Treasure Bay Hotel and Casino in Biloxi. We’ll have a dinner buffet, silent auction, and live entertainment from Dei One!

Call the Mission at 228-432-0301 to reserve your tickets today!

Proceeds from this event will go towards our housing rehabilitation ministry. Learn more about the campaign for this ministry here.

Musicians with a Mission

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Musicians with a Mission is coming!

Back Bay Mission’s second annual Musicians with a Mission will be held on September 29, 2016 from 5:30 to 9pm at Treasure Bay Hotel and Casino in Biloxi! Join us for an evening of live entertainment from Dei One, a dinner buffet, and a silent auction.

Individual tickets are $30. Couples tickets are $50. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Contact the Mission at 228-432-0301 to purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities!

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