During the Thanksgiving event we collected "wish lists" from approximately 100 campers. Some had trouble thinking of what they wanted - the concept was foreign to them, as they had probably not gotten gifts for many years. Requests included "roof over my head", "good woman", "my son" , "job", "world peace", "disability approval", and "life sober".
In December several wonderful churches, organizations, and individuals adopted many of these campers and purchased the items their lists. On December 21st our volunteers distributed these gift bags to the campers. At least 15 bikes were given out - and bikes make it possible for the campers to get to a job, and keep it. At least one camper recieved dentures. Camper's Christmas was a great blessing for all of us.
Campers help eachother
Gary (left) of Gulfport helps fellow campers by
determining their equipment needs and distributing
donated items to them. Gary also represents
the community by serving on the Board of Directors.
Jeri (right) of Biloxi helps by patching their wounds,
finding safety for women who are alone and frightened,
and by counceling victims of abuse.
"Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man
has no place to lay his head" - Luke 9:58
We provide emergency shelter
All the shelters were closed after Katrina. We responds to requests for tents and sleeping bags.
We know of no other organization trying to meet this most basic need.
We go to them
Transportation is a problem for the homeless. We carry equipment, supplies, and food into the woods where the “campers” live, while respecting their need for privacy.
We feed their pets
Under the guidance of the humane society, Shepherd of the Gulf carries pet food to the homeless camps. Many campers have pets for companionship (since they are largely shunned by society).
We host special events
Events include “Thanksgiving in the Woods”, “Campers’ Christmas”, and “Picnic in the Park”. We hand out food, clothing and other supplies, while volunteers provide music and fellowship.
We assist in other ways
As the need arises, we attend funerals, provide courtroom support, fill out paperwork, assist with transportation, help veterans obtain housing, and find safety for women and children.
- To pick-up and distribute donations - To respond to emergency needs
- To furnish homeless veterans apartments - To support special events
Woman at risk for homelessness needs work.
Looking for short-term or permanent employment in painting, yard work, cleaning, sitting
for elderly or children, or similar tasks. Please call Jane at 228-547-6807. Thanks!
The Map (left) shows resources for the homeless on the Gulf Coast,
including locations, shedules, and requirements for each facility.
Listed sites include:
soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, clinics, clothing, transportation, libraries,
foodstamps, welfare, postoffices, job placement offices, and other goods and services.