Strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives today through an amazing mission immersion experience. 

About the Trip

Next Trip:
October 4-10, 2020

The Back Bay Mission seeks to help those living in poverty on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Housing restoration is a staple of Back Bay Mission’s ministry and the primary purpose of our work camp week. This program helps low-income families stay in their homes by making necessary renovations and repairs.

The Back Bay Mission has developed a highly successful style of work camping based on experiential learning. Work teams perform a wide range of tasks – from mold abatement to roofing to installing dry wall to electrical and plumbing work. There is also an opportunity to work in the Micah Day Center, the food pantry, and the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen. Throughout the trip, travelers come together for meals and fellowship with each other.  They usually spend a half day off-site, sometimes in another city, as tourists to the area.

Questions? Please contact the Mission Office 614 488.0681 x106


Trip Cost is $375 which covers lodging at the Mission and allowance for group meals while on the trip.  The remaining payment covers a donation to special projects which may or may not be facilitated by our visiting group. It has been an ongoing tradition to leave a donation with the Mission upon the conclusion of our visit. Meals will be purchased and planned as a group. Individuals must arrange their own travel.

Click here to register. Registration is open.

$25 of the total fee is a non-refundable deposit to cover administrative costs.

Important Dates

Registration Interest Meeting April 29, 11 am First Meeting Presentation

Full Group Meeting July 30, 6 pm








Registration Closes August 2, 8 pm

Forms and Payments Due September 4, 8pm

Final Participant Meeting September 25, 2 pm

Trip Dates October 4- 10, 2020

Additional Payments

Please make additional payments here (coming soon).


Click here to view and print Adult Waiver Form.

Click here to view and print Minor Waiver Form.

Please read the Participant Guide.

Background Check

Back Bay Mission requires all volunteers be background checked prior to participating in any volunteer activity. Because First Community Church acknowledges that our group has fulfilled this requirement prior to departure, we must receive proof of a background check performed in the past 12 months in order for you to participate.  The Ohio Attorney General website has a listing of locations that provide these services.  The cost associated with your background check is not covered in your trip fee and will depend on which company you choose to perform it. Please schedule your fingerprint appointment as soon as possible to ensure your background check is completed in time. Please use the Ohio Attorney General website’s FAQ page if you have any questions.

Mission Information

The Back Bay Mission

Although the primary focus of the work camp week is housing recovery, “It’s not all nails and paint!” This mission experience provides opportunities beyond working with hammers and paint brushes for non-construction volunteers!

Housing Recovery

Housing restoration is a staple of Back Bay Mission’s ministry. This program helps low-income families stay in their homes by making necessary renovations and repairs on existing homes. Volunteers are assessed prior to the work camp on skills in carpentry, drywall, flooring, painting, roofing, plumbing and electrical work.  All levels of experience are welcome and are put to good use throughout the week.

Micah Day Center

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays volunteers assist staff with serving the needs of homeless guests who come during the morning for showers, laundry, use of the telephone and computer, and to sign up for other services offered. Volunteers help run the laundry equipment, clean the showers between each use, and monitor the supply room.

Food Pantry

This small room in the Administration Building is where they stock food items which can be given to persons who stop in during the week for emergency assistance. One volunteer can help restock shelves, keep them in order, sort for expiration dates, and generally help with related tasks. Monday, Wednesday and Friday (9-11:30).

Loaves and Fishes

Back Bay Mission has a long history with the Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday to assist with meal preparation, serving, and clean up. Volunteers must wear long pants and if group includes anyone under the age of 18, must be accompanied by an adult.

Trip Leaders

The trip will be led by Rev. Kate Shaner, Minister of Mission.  The Mission Office at First Community Church facilitates communication and payment with the Back Bay Mission volunteer coordinator.

Fundraisers for Back Bay

The annual Shrimp Boil on the one Friday in July is a fundraiser for the Back Bay Mission hosted by our own Mission Council. Read more about the event>>

Learn more about The Back Bay Mission>>