[Hurricane Update] Message from Back Bay Mission Executive Director

August 30, 2005

Shari Prestemon, Executive Director of Back Bay Mission reports that she is, "very concerned about the whereabouts of staff, friends and clients of the Mission." Some Back Bay Mission staff evacuated safely, while the whereabouts of other staff is unknown. All telephones in the 228 area code are not functioning.

Shari Prestemon, Executive Director of Back Bay Mission reports from Selma, Alabama that she is, "very concerned about the whereabouts of staff, friends and clients of the Mission." Some Back Bay Mission staff evacuated safely, while the whereabouts of other staff is unknown. All telephones in the 228 area code are not functioning. As yet there is no information on the status of Mission or personal staff properties. East Biloxi, where the Mission is located, is one of the hardest hit areas. It may be several days before BBM staff can return to assess the situation at the Mission and their own homes.

"Back Bay Mission is committed to doing everything we can to assist in the emergency and recovery phases of this disaster," says Prestemon. There will eventually be a need for volunteers and materials donations. However, staff needs first to return to Biloxi and make assessments. Individuals and groups wishing to receive information about future volunteer and material needs donations for Back Bay Mission should send an e-mail to Mary Schaller Blaufuss, UCC Executive for Volunteer Ministries at: blaufusm@ucc.org

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