Back Bay Mission will close at 2:00 pm today due to Hurricane Gordon. Back Bay Mission will stay closed until it is determined safe for staff to return.
Harrison County Shelters: County Farm Road 361 Shelter will open at 3 pm Tuesday, September 4. The shelter is located at 15038 County Farm Road. The CTA bus station in downtown Biloxi will be open from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm to offer rides to the shelter to those in need. You are urged to be at the CTA building no later than 4:00 pm.
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Those in the cities who are affected can contact your local police department.
To sum up week 6 in one word, I would use “energetic!” This week, we had the privilege of working with some children at a local summer camp with our community health worker, Ms. Mary. The children’s ages ranged from ages 5-12. To say the least, they were full of so much energy and joy! We played every game one could imagine! The youngest children enjoyed high energy games such as “Red Rover”, “Duck Duck Goose”, “Tag”,and “Red light, Green light”. The older children seemed to enjoy “Four Square” and “Simon Says” more. I even had the pleasure of being a “human basketball hoop” where the kids would shoot balls into a hula hoop while I held it high in the air. The next day I had the opportunity to lead some art projects. We made butterflies and dragonflies out of pipe cleaners, did water paintings, and even had puzzle wars, which the older kids really enjoyed. The last day, we made delicious snacks such as “Apple Turn Overs” and Rice Crispy Treats! They LOVED them! Even the teachers and staff wanted to take a few with them after we left. I think it was very good for the kids to to learn to create, as well as engage in play in order to show them that when you spend time on something, great things can come from it. At the end of every day, the kids would always ask “Are you guys coming back tomorrow?”. I think they enjoyed our presence just as much as we enjoyed theirs, and to me that shows that our visits were successful! I’ll admit, even after the soreness after our long days of activities.
Week six has almost perfectly catered to my aspirations later in life. We had the opportunity to assist Ms. Mary Tell with a summer camp at Gaston Point. Kairah and I were both in charge of the activities for separate days; I took over physical activities while Kairah took arts and crafts. Being the youngest of five children, I have always found myself being able to relate to young children well. I have found that if you treat them as if you are their friend and not their elder, they respond better, and they listen. This was my method when I began instructing the various groups of children, and it was very effective. Some of the activities we played were; freeze-tag, red rover, “red-light, green-light”, four-square, hula-hoop contest, jump-rope contest, and “duck-duck-goose”. I had a phenomenal time being able to interact with these children and helping them enjoy at least 30 minutes of their day. This helped me realize that I do want to work with kids in my future, and it also boosted my confidence in how well I can positively interact with them. The last day, Ms. Mary led the groups with cooking some healthy snacks, I found this day the most impactful for me, seeing that we were able to just sit down with the groups and talk. I did not think that these kids would be willing to just sit and talk, but once they felt that they were being heard and felt that they were being respected, they responded well (it also helped that they knew they had food coming). Week six was a success and I cannot wait for more.
Most of the pieces that appear here share the stories of our clients and guests, which is most appropriate; sometimes we tell about the work of a particular staff member or program. Today I want to talk about me … well, sort of about me. And it is not that I WANT to as much as I NEED to.
Thirty years ago I was pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, a former Evangelical and Reformed congregation of Canal Street in New Orleans. One of the joys of that service was my being named to the Board of Directors of Back Bay Mission, a pleasant drive from New Orleans before Interstate 10 became a raceway – and before 110 connected to the middle of Biloxi.
My recent return to be a Church Relations Associate has made such an impression on me that I feel compelled to share that day’s experience, beginning with FINDING the new (to me) campus on Division Street. The expansion of programs and services made possible by the new facilities has, in the tradition of the past 96 years of BBM service, provided a new beacon of hope which shines far beyond the campus and across the Gulf Coast. The not-so-secret ingredient, however, is not in help given and food shared but in that bedrock of life and ministry: ATTITUDE. How does the attitude at Back Bay Mission affect the community while strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives?
First I was greeted by Long-Term Volunteers Jeanette, Terry, Nancy, Bob, and Carol then across the street by Deborah at the Day Center and Twila at the Food Pantry, all smiling, chatty, and making me feel like we had known each other forever. After that came Dr. Graham, the Executive Director, who took me around the campus and introduced me to every staff member, citing some personal attribute of each and describing the work they do. I remember back when the staff was about six; now it is more than I can count, and Carol Merriman and I are the newest in the mix. But back to that Day One.
It did not take me long to realize that EVERY staff member and volunteer is “at home” and “in the family” at BBM. If we could somehow capture the energy, the smiles, the deep caring and concern expressed by ALL these staff to EVERYONE who walks in the door, Alice and her crew would find a way to bottle it and give it away, free of charge. And that is just what they do. By being themselves, sustained by their spirit of love, personal involvement, and genuine sense of MISSION, they put the MMMM in BBMMMM and set an awe-inspiring example for all who are fortunate enough to meet them every day.
Back Bay Mission’s Annual Event Fundraiser is scheduled for May 3, 2018
Musicians with a Mission: Black Keys & White Pearls
Back Bay Mission welcomes Eugene Eash and Kenneth Leonard to the Hard Rock Live Biloxi stage at Musicians with a Mission on Thursday, May 3, 2018. This is Back Bay Mission’s annual event fundraiser. The evening will include Live Jazz & Dueling Pianos, a silent auction, and incredible hors d’oeuvres by the top chief at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi. The event will surely not disappoint. There will be a Mission Moment to highlight the work being done at Back Bay Mission that strengthens neighborhoods, seeks justice, and transform lives!!
WOW! We will also have a Spin “2” Win game and raffle festivities!! The evening will be full of fun and excitement.
Tickets: $50 per person
Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hard Rock Live inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Attire: Dressy occasion- suits, pantsuits, dresses
Show off those PEARLS for the evening!!!
Click HERE for more information, purchase tickets, or donate.
Contact Laura Payne if you wish to donate a silent auction item or for additional information, 228-432-0301 or.