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Back Bay Mission: Strengthening Neighborhoods, Seeking Justice, Transforming Lives.

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Back Bay Mission in Biloxi Mississippi has been a lasting source of hope and help for thousands of children, adults and families along the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1922.  As one of the oldest and most highly respected organizations within the United Church of Christ and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Back Bay Mission continues its journey of providing innovative solutions and compassionate responses to those suffering at the hands of social injustice. Its Mission Trip program provides hands-on service learning experiences for hundreds of volunteers from across the nation.

Back Bay Mission’s Board of Directors met May 5-6 in Biloxi and elected officers for 2017-18.  President, Matt Williams; Vice-President Jasmine Quinerly; Secretary Wil Brown; Treasurer Brent Johnson. Elected to the Class of 2020 are: Jasmine Quinerly (TX); Crystal Allen (OH); Joyce Bathke (MO); Rosa Smith Williams (NC).

Photo.  Back Bay Mission Board of Directors and Staff May 2017.

L-R: Kenny Washington, Director of Client Services; Shawn Sullivan, CFO; Brent Johnson (MS); Mary Ruth (TN); Scott Martin (TX); Liz Nash (TX); Alice Graham, Executive Director; Carol Merriman (WI); John Magee (MO); Wil Brown (TX); Bob Brautigam (IL); Charles Graham (MS).

Directors absent from photo: Crystal Allen (OH) photographer; Jasmine Quinerly (TX), Matt Crebbin (CT); Don Longbottom (TX); Matt Williams (MS); Jesse Chambers (MS); Raymos McMillan (MS).

Scheduled Downtime

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The Back Bay Mission website will have scheduled downtime starting at about 9am on Monday, May 22, 2017. We will be making some major changes to the structure and layout of the site, and, hopefully, making it easier for you to use. We will have this work done as quickly as possible, but we do not know how long it will take. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Back Bay Mission’s Partnership with Goodwill

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Back Bay Mission spent a recent Tuesday afternoon volunteering at a local Goodwill retail store and learning about the ways that the Mission partners with Goodwill to provide help to the people we serve. You can see the photos of our afternoon at Goodwill here.

We thought we’d share more about how we work with our friends at Goodwill.

When Back Bay Mission receives clothing donations, we keep what we can in our own clothes closet. This is a small space, however, and we aren’t able to keep everything that is donated. We donate what we can’t keep to Goodwill.

When our clients need clothing that we don’t have in stock – for example, clothing for a job interview or for a child’s first day of school – we provide vouchers that can be used at a local Goodwill. Clients can use these vouchers to purchase up to $25 worth of clothing that they need… and $25 goes a long way at Goodwill.

In the future, we hope to partner with Goodwill on workforce development.

Back Bay Mission works in partnership with many organizations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Together, we’re strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives!

Scheduled Downtime

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The Back Bay Mission website will be unavailable on Monday, March 13th, while we perform some routine maintenance. We plan for the maintenance to begin between 9 and 9:30am on Monday. We do not know how long the website will be down, but hope that it will be up again quickly.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Church Relations Associate Christopher Marlin-Warfield Consecrated as Diakonal Minister

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Our congratulations to Church Relations Associate Christopher Marlin-Warfield, who was consecrated as a diakonal minister last weekend! Diakonal ministry is a special designation granted by the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Services Ministries (CHHSM) and characterized by a call and commitment to servant leadership.

CHHSM’s diakonal ministers carry on a legacy found in the United Church of Christ’s – and its predecessor denominations’ – commitment to care for the poor, sick, and disabled. Diakonal ministers have served in hospitals, orphanages, homes for the aging, and other ministries of the United Church of Christ for generations.

CHHSM requires a yearlong preparatory program for diakonal ministers: the Nollau Institute. Led by a core team of four faculty members, the Nollau Institute draws upon the best in adult education and leadership training to invite participants into certain practices and disciplines in the context of a community of leaders who encourage and hold each participant accountable. The Institute is named after Louis Edward Nollau, a 19th century missionary, preacher and founder of several St. Louis-area CHHSM ministries. The Institute emphasizes the kind of integrated leadership that its namesake modeled: professional excellence rooted in faith-based purpose.

Congratulations, Chris!

Thank You

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Thank you.

Thank you for being part of Back Bay Mission. Thank you for giving. Thank you for volunteering. Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for liking us on Facebook. Thank you for following us on Twitter. Thank you for joining us on Google+. Thank you for connecting with us on LinkedIn. Thank you for looking at our photos on Instagram. Thank you for watching our videos on YouTube.

Thank you for opening our emails. Thank you for visiting our website. Thank you for sharing our posts. Thank you for reading The Changing Tides.

Most of all, thank you for strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives.

Thank you.

Let Us Know Your Opinion

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Greetings from Back Bay Mission!

We’re reviewing our mission, vision, and values statements. As we craft statements that reflect who Back Bay Mission is to our clients, volunteers, donors, and community members, we’d appreciate hearing your opinion!

Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief five question survey. It will ask you about words and phrases that you associate with Back Bay Mission, as well as few demographic questions. Your response will be very helpful as we review our mission statement.

Thank you.

Statement on HB 1523: The Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act

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On April 5, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 into law over the objections of LGBTQ advocates, business groups, and religious organizations. The law prevents the state from taking action against state employees, private businesses, or religious organizations who choose to deny services to people on the basis of very specific beliefs or moral convictions. Those beliefs are:

  • That marriage is or should be recognized as a the union of one man and one woman,
  • That sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage, and
  • That male and female (or man and woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at birth.

As a religious organization on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we recognize that our fellow Mississippians have a wide range of religious beliefs and moral convictions. We believe that those religious beliefs deserve appropriate protections.

However, as a health and human services organization of the United Church of Christ, we also love our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters, and we believe that this legislation provides a license to discriminate against them. It also provides a license to discriminate against unmarried couples, single mothers, and others under the guise of religious beliefs about sexuality. We cannot and will not accept the marginalization of our brothers and sisters, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or family status.

We join Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gillich and the many other Mississippians who oppose this legislation in saying that we do not discriminate, period.

Back Bay Mission will always serve the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or family status. We will continue to advocate for housing and employment opportunities for all people. And we will do that because our religious convictions demand it.

Go Red, White, and Blue for Veterans Day!

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November 6-11, 2015 is Back Bay Missions Red, White, and Blue! Local restaurants will be supporting the Mission’s Veterans’ Support Fund on those days by contributing a portion of their earnings. If you’re in the Biloxi area, be sure to stop by these businesses; your purchase will help the veterans who use the Mission’s programs!

Participating restaurants include:

If you’re not in the Biloxi area, make a gift to the Veterans’ Support Fund through our website!

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