Austin Founder Lions Club

Community First Village - One Solution for Homelessness

  • 09 Sep 2021
  • 12:25 PM - 1:15 PM
  • via Zoom

Community First Village - One Solution for Homelessness

DATE: September 9, 2021  12:30 pm via Zoom
And Field Trip Saturday Sept 11, 2:00 pm (see below for details)

 Alan Graham
Introduced by Lion John Nyfeler

Community First Village is a 27 acre master-planned neighborhood that includes affordable housing for over 200 previously chronically homeless people, many with disabilities. The village is made up of RV’s, micro houses, community kitchen, garden and support spaces. The village is the inspired result of the initiative of Alan Graham, Austin real estate developer. Alan’s conviction is that the “single greatest cause of homelessness is a profound, catastrophic loss of family.”

Field Trip Saturday Sept 11, 2:00 pm

Come to the entrance of Community First Village at 9301 Hog Eye Road.  When you enter the Village, you will take the first right onto Pat Patterson Pass and park in the parking lot on the right.

Alan will meet you in front of the 3D printed Welcome Center (the white building at the corner of Pat Patterson Pass and Gospel Con Carne Circle).

You can find a full map of Phases I & II of Community First! Village here

Since this will be a walking tour and hot at 2:00p, please have everyone wear comfortable cool clothing and bring water. We will have a golf cart available that can seat up to 7 visitors.

About our Speaker:

For Alan Graham, Founder and CEO, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, it is all about his relationships — with God, his family, staff members and certainly the homeless men and women he regularly engages on the streets of our community. 

MLF is a social outreach ministry committed to providing permanent, sustainable solutions for the chronically homeless while surrounding them with compassion, love and dignity. Those who know Alan best know that he is a man on a mission — to relieve the struggles homeless individuals face in obtaining their basic needs of food, community and a place to call home. 

Since its founding in 1998, Mobile Loaves & Fishes volunteers have served more than 5 million meals with a side of hope to homeless men and women living on the streets of Austin. The organization has also spawned similar food truck ministries in other cities across the U.S. With the support of more than 19,000 volunteers, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin, Texas. Graham is also the visionary behind MLF’s Community First! Village — a 27-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supporting community to the chronically homeless in Central Texas. 

While many Mobile Loaves & Fishes volunteers describe their experience as life changing, the organization’s mission to serve the homeless has perhaps changed no one more than Alan Graham himself. Previously a real estate investor and developer, Alan founded Trilogy Development and the Lynxs Group, which developed Austin’s airport cargo facility and similar facilities at airports around the country.  

Around the same time, Alan had the seed of the idea for Mobile Loaves & Fishes. He and the other founders started by making sack lunches and serving them from the back of a green minivan. Alan readily admits that their original paradigm of serving the homeless had some flaws, but with the help of a formerly homeless man, Houston Flake, they perfected the model that MLF successfully uses today.

Alan and his wife, Tricia Graham, were married in September 1984 and have four children of their own and a niece that they raised as well. Alan is a published author of the book Welcome Homeless: One Man’s Journey of Discovering the Meaning of Home.
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