Mississippi – United Church of Christ
UCC Volunteer Ministries Twin Maps Project visits Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, MS. Other sites in this video include: Camp Courageous, Monticello, IA; Rockford Work Camp, Rockford, IL and Urban Spirit, Louisville, KY.
Back Bay Mission is a community ministry of the United Church of Christ, serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the wider church community through faithful witness for social justice and compassionate service to the poor and marginalized. The mission meets the urgent needs of those suffering from poverty and its effects while building pathways to social justice. It leads the way in delivering services creating collaborative solutions, and transforming lives through Mission immersion
Project/Focus: Back Bay Mission’s immersion experiences are a highlight of service opportunities in the United Church of Christ. The Mission has developed a model that places equal emphasis on service and action-reflection learning. The Mission hosts about 850 short-term volunteers each year as well as long-term volunteers and interns. Short-term volunteers work in the Mission’s impressive housing rehabilitation ministry, performing all aspects of home building, renovation, and remodeling. Volunteers also have the opportunity to work in the Mission’s food pantry (the only client-choice food pantry in Mississippi), the Micah Day Center, and our partner ministries on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Due to the nature of the housing rehabilitation projects that the Mission takes on, projects can take weeks of work by several different volunteer teams.
Educational Components: Back Bay Mission staff provide education on issues including poverty, affordable housing, and justice issues and the church’s role in realizing social change. Education takes place during service and in reflection sessions.
Minimum Age: 14 years
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1 adult for every 5 youth. Groups are asked to include one skilled worker in construction and home repair for every 5 unskilled workers.
Accommodations: Back Bay Mission provides housing in our lovely Mission House, which includes bunk rooms, private rooms
(additional fees apply), a fellowship area, a commercial- grade kitchen, and laundry machines. The Mission provides
mattresses. Each group must bring its own bedding. Each group must also provide food and prepare their own meals.
Cost: A $200 per group non-refundable reservation fee (regardless of group size) and a $250 per person participation fee. These fees will cover lodging at the Mission House, service materials, and educational materials.