2014 Campers Picnic
for the Homeless
August 2, 2014
Saturday Evening 4:00 pm
***** Fire Pit near Jones Park *****
Shepherd of the Gulf
Campers help one another
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 counseling victims of abuse.
Frank (and others) assist at local soup kitchens on occasion
"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 respond 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 help in other ways
As the need arises, we attend funerals, provide courtroom support, fill out paperwork, help with transportation, help veterans obtain housing, and find safety for women and children.
As of March 1, 2014 Lynda Favre has been sworn in to work full time as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Her assignment with Disability Connection, a non-profit organization, is focused on helping low-income seniors and disabled. Among the many programs Disability Connection offers, is a new job assistance program to help homeless people find employment and overcome some of the barriers. If you are homeless please contact Lynda Favre for further information concerning employment at (228) 604-4020,
Shepherd of the Gulf is working on natural pest remedies for campsites.
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.