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Back Bay Mission marks a milestone

By Jessica Bowman – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Back Bay Mission has been serving the City of Biloxi since 1922. Thursday a ribbon cutting was held for the new Micah Center.

A bell has been a part of Back Bay Mission since 1957, and it remains on the property to remind those of the many years of service, plus the many years that lie ahead.

Executive Director for Back Bay Mission Shari Prestenmon said, "This is a long coast to have to travel on foot, and that's what many of these folks have to do."

The Micah Center will house the day center. The 3,800 square foot building will provide many services that one needs all in a single location.

"Receive phone calls here, make phone calls, receive mail here, which is also very important,"  Prestenmon said.

People coming in will also be able to take a shower, do laundry and even use a computer.

"You know people are looking for a place to gather safely, to receive service in a dignified way and a respectful way and a place that is just easier for them."

Prestenmon said the ultimate goal is for the homeless to have a better foundation to regain stability.

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway said, "They have done a tremendous job and no telling how many people they have helped in this area."

There are two other buildings located next to the Micah Center. The Mission House and the Administration and Service Building. These two buildings also provide outreach services.

The Day Center will be open to the homeless every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and then again from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The doors will officially open March 8, 2010.

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