We’ve been growing our partnership with Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ innovative residential program called Community First! Village. This 27-acre master-planned community provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for disabled, chronically homeless persons in Central Texas. The village provides a place for our homeless brothers and sisters to heal, to rediscover hope, renew their purpose, and restore their dignity. Most importantly, it’s a place they can call home.
Why an RV?
For 17 years, Mobile Loaves & Fishes has been lifting up the chronically homeless into gently used rv’s located in rv park communities throughout Austin. Today, these homes are now nestled in the Community First! Village with plans to lift up 250 friends by end of 2017. Housing at Community First! Village is provided through an innovative mix of affordable housing options in “Tiny Houses,” Canvas Cottages, and RVs.
When we asked our partners at Mobile Loaves and Fishes what they need most, they didn’t hesitate: “We need RVs.” Other housing options at the village do not include indoor plumbing, so no bathroom or running water. In contrast, RVs are fully refurbished and outfitted to provide an all-in-one home with a bathroom and kitchen, especially convenient for those with more serious disabilities, as well as those who are older and have greater health challenges as a result of living for years on the streets. While Community First! Village has fully funded all other types of housing, they still need many more RVs to provide homes for those in greatest need.
What will it take?
The cost of an RV is $25,000. While we know this is a stretch for us, we know that your generosity toward those in need is unparalleled. This Christmas, you are invited to do what we do best—turn outward to our community, bind together, and do something that will change someone’s life forever. Join us in this partnership with Community First! Village to house some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Your gift can be made online at the link below through Online Giving. Or your gift marked “Christmas Offering,” may be placed in the offering plate, brought by or sent to the church office anytime in December. Funds received in excess of our goal will help support our Emergency Assistance Fund, which is necessary to serve our neighbors in 2017.