Coast Young Professionals ‘get in their shoes’ at Back Bay Mission

Coast Young Professionals teamed up with Back Bay Mission in Biloxi to host a quarterly program for the community to develop a better understanding about the homeless population and how they can help.

Attendees started with a real-life scenario that happened at the center. They were offered services from the center to get a bit of insight into what a day in the life might be like if they were ‘in those shoes.’

After lunch, which was provided by Back Bay Mission, attendees toured the facility. They were shown the showers, a food pantry, and office space, based on the assistance need for their scenario.

Coast Young Professionals Director Kelly Devine hopes this experience will make it more real and tangible by actually experiencing it versus just seeing the homeless on the streets. “I met a homeless veteran and he was grateful for a bowl of bran flakes. He had missed the hot breakfast and was too early for the hot lunch. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been grateful for a bowl of bran flakes my entire life. As a 17-year-old who has everything she could ever need or wanted, it was a really humbling experience.”

For more information on how you can volunteer and donate, head over to Back Bay’s website at

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