Jesus was homeless ...

"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

 Campers help one another

Gary (left) of Gulfport helps fellow campers by distributing donations and serving on the Board of Directors. Jeri (right) of Biloxi will patch campers' wounds, find safety for women, and counsel victims of abuse.
Lynda Favre, Founder and Director

As a young child Lynda experienced homelessness herself.
In later years her kind-hearted father would bring hobos home for a hot meal and a shower.​​ Lynda formed Shepherd of the Gulf as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2010, and has worked tirelessly ever since to provide compassionate care to homeless campers. 


2017 Thanksgiving in the Woods
Saturday, November 18

Location:  Humane Society Parking Lot, Hwy. 49, Gulfport, MS
Time:  9:00 am Donation Drop-off, Sort, and Load
11:00 am Delivery to the Camps Begins

Prepared food dishes should be well-sealed (foil), labeled, and in strong disposable containers.
Ideal serving size per dish is 10 or more. 

Other Needs:  Strong, sectioned, disposable plates, plastic eating utensils, drinks (plastic or can)

Donate Supplies:  Tents, Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Camping Gear, ​Coats, Candles, Flashlights, Cook Stoves, Bikes, First-Aide, Canned Food  (NO CLOTHING PLEASE) 

Seeking Volunteers to transport food and supplies to the camps. We will breakup into three caravans, taking different routes through Biloxi and Gulfport. If you are willing to transport food, your vehicle should be equipped with shallow boxes or other means to contain food and protect from spillage. Other vehicles can carry supplies.

Thank You!

Report on Campers Christmas

Gifts were distributed to 15 camps and one apartment on Monday afternoon, December 19, 2016.
The camps were on the coast in Biloxi and Gulfport.  The apartment was where Shepherd helped three people who had been homeless for three years, finally get a place indoors.

Thank You to wonderful donors and volunteers. We recieved just enough gift bags and camping supplies for everyone.  We handed out tents, cookstoves, propane, tarps, sleeping bags, blankets, clothing, wonderful personal items, food and treats including home baked cakes and cookies. The campers were very appreciative!!!  

Top two images show grateful campers.  Bottom left image shows garbage bags stuffed with a designated number of gift bags for each camp. Bottom right image shows some of the helping members from Shepherd's Board of Directors.

Report on Thanksgiving in the Woods

The event was held on November 26, 2016 at the Hansboro Community Center in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Volunteers delivered a Thanksgiving meal to 13 campsites scattered throughout Gulfport and Biloxi.  
The camps ranged in size from 2-20 campers each for a total of 88 campers served in the woods.
We also served about 15 campers at the Hansboro Center.
Thank You for sharing your holiday spirit with the homeless!

  ​   Shepherd of the Gulf

  • Provides emergency shelter in the form of tents and sleeping bags.
  • Delivers equipment, supplies, food, and water into the woods where the campers live.
  • Recognizes the important companionship that pets provide.
  • Hosts special holiday events to cheer the homeless during those difficult times of the year.
  • Endeavors to reconnect homeless campers with their families.
  • Occasionally attends funerals, provides courtroom support, fills out paperwork, replaces lost documentation, helps with transportation, helps veterans obtain housing, and finds safety for women and children.


Shepherd of the Gulf has educated and inspired the coastal community,  and has recieved awards both nationally and locally. The organization is grateful to God, to the media, and to our wonderful donors and supporters.