This year, Mobile Loaves & Fishes ROADS program is releasing greater opportunities during SXSWi with the launch of three new vendor carts, manned by homeless individuals who are earning 100% of the profits to support themselves.
The carts will sell snacks, Blue Bell ice cream, a selection of pies from Texas Pie Kitchen, and coffee.
The MLF crew will be downtown on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00pm at the South Entrance to the Capitol (11th and Congress) to celebrate and launch this exciting new initiative.
Join us–bring your entire family–and celebrate the joy that comes from helping people help themselves.
The first 100 customers will receive a free, exclusive MLF Street Treats t-shirt.
We have created a Street Treats Launch Party event on Facebook.
And you can follow the official Street Treats Twitter account for updates and to find out the vendors’ locations throughout SXSW: @StreetTreatsATX.
Check out our media coverage of this event!
It’s wasn’t enough for Mitscoots’ founders to simply volunteer or make donations to their favorite charities when they saw a need in the community. No, the Austin-based start-up has found a way to put ‘doing good’ into the very fabric (pun intended) of their business.
After serving alongside Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ out on the streets of Austin, Tim and Agata Scott decided that there was one very simple, very specific way they could help our homeless brothers and sisters: by making sure they had clean socks to wear. The Scotts then developed a line of socks that are high quality, comfortable, and stylish and began selling them to locals, and then donating them for Mobile Loaves & Fishes to carry out on to the streets to distribute to our homeless friends.
“American manufacturing means jobs right here in the states and that matters to us,” Tim said. “We have tried to address the needs of everyone that is involved in our socks from start to finish. Granted, it might be cheaper and easier to have them manufactured overseas, but we are about making the right decisions and not the easy ones.”
But Team Mitscoots didn’t stop there. Working with Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ ROADS program, they employ homeless individuals to help with the packaging of the socks, giving them an opportunity to earn a dignified living in a safe, comfortable environment.
“We are about empowerment and offering a hand-up and not just a hand-out,” he said. “When those that need it do work for us, they know that they have contributed to something bigger and that gives them a since of pride and accomplishment that goes well beyond just a charitable gesture. We don’t just want to help the homeless, we want to make a system where they have the ability to help themselves.”
Learn more about Mitscoots at their website, and watch the video to learn more about this fantastic company:
The St. Edward’s Masterworks Singers, University Chorale, and Madrigal Chamber Singers combine to sing the beautiful Beatitude Mass (For the Homeless) by American composer Henry Mollicone. Soprano soloist will be Cara Johnston. Baritone soloist will be Kelan Latimer. The performance also features the full St.Edward’s University Orchestra, Dr. Robert Radmer conductor. Admission is $10 for adults and proceeds will benefit Austin Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
Amplify Austin is a 24-hour online fundraising event happening in our city on March 4-5, 2013. Our goal as a city is to raise $1million – and Mobile Loaves & Fishes gets to participate as one of the partner charities eligible to receive your donations that day!
What is even more exciting is that YOU (as an individual, or part of a business) can help us by becoming a fundraiser–and when you do, you’ll be eligible to win prizes for their efforts!
Individual fundraisers pick their own fundraising goal for their chosen nonprofit and receive donations on their fundraising page on AmplifyATX.org. (All fundraisers will be able to register by completing an online form on the Amplify Austin site).
We are thrilled to be part of the Austin Family of Non-Profit Organizations, serving our homeless brothers and sisters each day on the streets of our great city. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to give back and support the organizations and programs that are making life just a little better in Austin.
Stay tuned for more details–coming soon!
Stuart K. from St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Community collected more than 100 coats for a project this month, and joined the MLF truck team on a run to hand them out.
According to Volunteer Coordinator Scott Walsh,
“Just wanted to share a MLF Moment. Stuart K., the Boy Scout in the picture raised 100+ coats in a his school and his Moms and Dads business. He wanted to be there when we handed them out so we and his family handed out the coats at Diamond Back 20 minutes before the front hit. Gods timing is spot on.”
For two decades House the Homeless and the citizens of Austin have gathered on Auditorium Shores (South 1st & Riverside, on the Lake) at the Homeless Memorial to acknowledge the men, women, and children who have lived and died on our streets.
On this Sunday, November 18, we will again gather at sunrise, 6:59am, to pray, cry, and sing goodbye to our beloved friends.
Don’t miss this citywide gathering when former City Council Member and environmental activist Brigid Shea will be our Keynote speaker. The Pastor Doug Keenan will pray with us, and the lovely Sara Hickman will wash us in song.
Breakfast tacos, coffee, and orange juice to be served after the service.
Location: The Homeless Memorial and Tree of Remembrance are located on Auditorium Shores on Town Lake at South 1st and Riverside Streets, just 75 yards east of the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue and west of the Fanny Davis Gazebo.
ART on 5th welcomes Formula 1 Race Fans!
Join us for a wonderful evening of art, drinks and food for a great cause.
Thursday, November 15th, 8pm to midnight.
During this exciting festival time, we will be giving back to the local the community with donations to Mobile Loaves and Fishes and we hope you will too.
Exhibiting works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Georgia O’Keeffe available for viewing and acquisition. Best of Texas showcase with new works from Paul Stankiewicz, Jenny Meyer, Cynthia Chartier, Cindi Wright, and many more.
Food compliments of the best restaurants in Austin, including El Naranjo, Tarka, Buenos Aires Café, Quality Seafoods and more!
Drinks courtesy of Bone Spirits, Bending Branch Winery, and more.
Many of our homeless brothers and sisters have found companionship and love with pets. They care for them as much as they care for themselves. In some cases their pets are their only real ‘family’ and they have been with them for years.
According to the website Pets of the Homeless, between 5-10% of homeless folks have pets. These critters subsist on what their owners can find for them, but they don’t always get the kind of nutritional food created for an animal’s optimal health and well-being.
Blair Smith, the intrepid owner of Austin Dirty Dog approached Mobile Loaves & Fishes and asked if she could help by accepting donations of pet food for us to hand out to our homeless brothers and sisters. The children’s volunteer group Little Helping Hands will even portion into baggies for us to distribute on the streets of Austin!
Austin Dirty Dog is a full and self-service pet grooming business with six locations in the Austin-area, staffed and owned by true pet-lovers who have created the perfect place for your sweet pooch to get cleaned up and feeling oh-so-pretty. As a bonus, Pet food donors will receive 10% off their services now through November 11 with the coupon found here.
Support local business, local charity, and help both homeless folks and their pets–this is a win/win/win!
Thanks to Blair, Austin Dirty Dog, and Little Helping Hands for taking this initiative!
Kate Barta of St. John Neumann, her friend Carol and their 8 children will begin helping at the commissary once a week. This week they began by sorting donated clothing and shoes to put on the trucks. They also handmade prayer cards that will be laminated and handed out with survival kits to the area homeless. We’ve heard wonderous stories about the power of these prayer cards being the catalyst to get our most downtrodden through a day and ultimately off of the streets. Seeing those powerful words and a hand drawn picture gives them the strength to keep going. Mobile Loaves and Fishes prides ourselves on offering opportunities for the whole family and people of all ages to serve together.