Seashore Mission Sees Changes During Pandemic

2/19/2021

Anthony Thaxton, The Circuit Rider Contributor
 

Photo courtesy of Seashore Mission
The Seashore Mission Homeless Day Center is a community of hospitality and healing where there is hope for the hopeless, peace for the weary and resources for all. Unfortunately, during this time of the global pandemic, Seashore Mission is facing some great challenges in their goal to minister through being the hands and feet of Christ.

“We share the Gospel in words and actions,” said Rev. Elijah Mitchell, coordinator, on behalf of the mission. “We offer food for the body and food for the soul.” The program, a ministry of the Seashore District, makes a real difference in the lives of hundreds of individuals each year. They serve and care for individuals experiencing homelessness, families in need of food and women and children victimized by intimate violence. However, facing social distancing restrictions and COVID-19 protocols, it is now tougher to serve the vulnerable on the Gulf Coast.
 
During the months of June and July of this past year, a total of 5,300 meals were served. Now, that number has been greatly reduced along with the overall hours of operations. As of this month, the hours are:
  • Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays 7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Breakfast 9:00 a.m. - carryout meals only during COVID-19
  • Lunch 12:00 p.m. - carryout meals only during COVID-19
  • Food Pantry - Thursdays only
  • Showers and Laundry - Thursdays only
Photo courtesy of Seashore Mission
Seashore Mission continues to offer a safe community where persons who are temporarily homeless can come to find rest, refreshment and spiritual renewal. Persons in need also receive clothes, toiletries, shower facilities and laundry facilities to take care of their personal needs. Finally, there is always a time of worship and Bible study for those who come to hear about the love of Jesus.

Fortunately food donations are abundant and arrive on a regular basis to supplement food that is purchased by the mission. However, the monthly costs of providing a safe space for their patrons is currently stretching Seashore's financial resources.

The Seashore Mission is asking people to consider making a one-time donation or commit to a regular donation of $50 each month to ensure that Seashore Mission can adequately serve the Gulf Coast.

“We also are in need of persons who have knowledge of grant writing to help in applying for available grants,” said Mitchell.

For more information, call 228.331.1477 or email seashoremission856@outlook.com. Visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/seashoremission.

There are several convenient ways to support Seashore Mission Ministry Works:

Digital Giving:
Cash App - Seashore Mission - $Seashoremission
PayPal - paypal.me/SeashoreMission
Amazon Smiles - smile.amazon.com- select Seashore Mission (they will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases).

By Mail:
Donations and offerings may be sent via mail to:
Seashore Mission, Inc.
P.O. Box 226
Biloxi, MS 39533-226

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Jackson, MS 39206
601.354.0515
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