In 2006, my brother invited me to hear Alan Graham speak at St. Edward’s University. I had just moved back to Austin after spending a year as a full-time volunteer at Andre House of Arizona, a house of hospitality for the homeless in downtown Phoenix. My time there had profoundly changed my life and ignited my passion for serving men, women, and children who are experiencing the horrors of poverty and homelessness. As I listened to Alan Graham speak so passionately about our homeless brothers and sisters and the organization he founded, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, I instantly felt connected to him and knew that we shared a deep passion.
Over the last five years, I’ve gotten to know Alan and can say without question that he is a leader that makes a difference! He’s made a difference in my life and in the lives of so many others. Alan is the epitome of a servant leader. He lives to serve. Alan’s life is a labor of love. He’s committed himself to answering God’s call every day by loving people that most in our society find un-loveable. There is no denying his passion and commitment to our brothers and sisters who suffer through life without a home and often without hope.
The mission of Mobile Loaves and Fishes is “to provide uncompromising love and hospitality to our brothers and sisters in need. We do this by empowering a league of volunteers in providing food, clothing, and promoting dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need. We accomplish this mission through the creation of relationships that cultivate a community life of stability and purpose.”
Last week Alan spent a few hours with me to share his Community First! Initiative. Mobile Loaves and Fishes purchases gently used recreational vehicles and lifts chronically homeless people up off of the streets, empowering them to heal from the ravages of living on the streets and rediscover purpose in their lives. One person at a time. More than 40 people lifted off the streets thus far. And counting. It’s a unique model, one that is working but still has met its share of opposition, primarily from those who don’t fully understand the complexities of chronic homelessness. You can learn more by watching this powerful video. The ultimate vision is to create a village where our neighbors can live in community with supportive services to empower them as they gain stability. I look forward to seeing the Community First! Village come to fruition…it will be a community that makes a profound difference in the Austin community!
True Servant Leader. Follower of Christ. Lover of People.
The Real Deal, Man.
Be sure to read the Mobile Loaves and Fishes Magazine, 12 Baskets, which shares powerful stories about our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. You can learn about volunteering with Mobile Loaves and Fishes here. And, last but certainly not least, you can support this awesome organization by clicking here.