By Lara Greene
On Wednesday June 22 my children and I, two other families with children, a group of youth, and some adults from our church volunteered at Community First! Village (CFV), a unique, master-planned community created to provide permanent affordable housing for our chronically homeless neighbors in East Austin.
My eight-year-old son, Sean, and I joined the “goat team”—part of a funded plan to provide goats’ milk to make soap and drinking milk for the residents and community. We helped clear branches and debris from goat pins, hauled hay, cut weeds, and fed and loved on goats. My ten-year-old daughter, Olivia, joined the gardening team and helped with weeding and planting an area near the entrance. She told me that she was impressed with how hard everyone worked and how much they cared for the spaces. We were all co-workers, sweating in the sun side by side, indistinguishable as volunteers, residents, or staff.
I’m not going to lie; it was hard, hot, tiring work, but, even more, it was deeply moving to be part of a ministry that is so beautifully and creatively addressing a serious need in our community and doing it with honor and reverence for those being served. I look forward to future opportunities for our church family to become more involved with CFV.
For information on how you can join this great work, visit http://mlf.org/community-first/.