Since its founding in 1922, Back Bay Mission has continually grown its services and ministries, always keeping the impoverished and marginalized at the center of its concern. Although there were no longer any UCC congregations in Biloxi or in the state of Mississippi by the early 1970s, Back Bay Mission offers a witness of the United Church of Christ. Its commitment is to be faithfully responsive to the emerging and critical needs of God’s people, ever seeking a day of greater justice and peace.
We support Back Bay Mission through shrimp sales and shrimp boils. Back Bay Mission was severely damaged when Katrina hit Biloxi. Along with the people of Biloxi, the Mission is struggling to recover. The shrimp beds and fishing fleets were also destroyed.
The small staff of six full time and four part time persons provide direct services to poor families while creating new independent service agencies. Because of past and current UCC investment in Back Bay Mission’s work, over $10 million in vital services are delivered annually to South Mississippians in such diverse areas as education, legal aid, health care, feeding programs, early childhood development, family counseling, housing, and domestic violence.