Say "Welcome Home" to Homeless Individuals At This Innovative 51-Acre Community
In the city of Austin, there are nearly 1,200 chronically homeless men and women. These folks are living on street corners, under bridges, and suffering in tents in the woods. The extent of the trauma they’ve experienced is astounding. After years of life on the streets, their sorrow is deep and they have lost hope.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes believes that the single greatest cause of homelessness is the profound, catastrophic loss of family -- and they exist to heal that loss by welcoming these friends somewhere they always deserved to be: home. To them, home is more than just four walls and a roof. It is a place of permanence, a place where you can be loved and be who you were created to be. It is a place where you can settle into community life and begin to trust and hope again.
What began as a food truck ministry to the homeless in Austin, Texas, in 1998 became a 51-acre master planned development called Community First! Village that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the chronically homeless in Central Texas. Mobile Loaves & Fishes' simple vision grew into one of the most powerful community-building and entrepreneurship programs for the homeless in the nation.
Recognizing that its formerly homeless residents are entrepreneurial in nature, Mobile Loaves & Fishes has developed the Community Works program at the Community First! Village to empower individuals to re-discover God-given talents and move those talents into the economy. This innovative program provides micro-enterprise opportunities that enable formerly homeless men and women to earn a dignified income, develop new skills and cultivate transformative relationships as they take part in a restorative journey home.
- 160 formerly homeless residents now have a home at Community First! Village
- 80 residents earn a dignified income through the Community Works programs
- Mobile Loaves & Fishes has served over 5.5 million meals on the streets of Austin through its food truck program since 1998