Welcome Homeless

About The Book

Homeless. No other word better describes our modern-day suffering. It reveals one of our deepest and most painful conditions—not having a sense of belonging. However, Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Community First! Village, is improving the quality of life for a vast number of people by sharing his personal story of becoming more human through humanizing others. In Welcome Homeless, Graham delves deep into what it means to be connected to God, the earth, and each other. In doing so, he shows us the home we’ve all longed for but never had.

Graham wants to engrain the human story in you so deeply that you start being who you were made to be—that you start being like the image from which you were made. In Welcome Homeless, Graham also shares the stories of the homeless, and the stories of those whose worldviews have been shifted by the homeless in a raw, humorous, and honest voice. Home is fundamentally a place of connection and of relationships that are life-giving and foundational, and Graham invites you to make everyone feel truly at home by finally inviting those living on the fringes of society into your heart.

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Endorsements

Once in a while you cross paths with someone who will forever change your life. For us, Alan Graham is that someone. His life, his heart, and his mission to see “I am” in the “least of these” is nothing less than transformative. Welcome Homeless is a much needed work that gives incredible insight to how the Gospel turns pain and isolation into victory and community. It’s a coming home story for all of us, where we are challenged to see others as well as ourselves, only as Christ sees us.

Jen and Brandon Hatmaker, Authors & Founders of The Legacy Collective

I know what homelessness feels like. I started Paul Mitchell with a $700 loan when I was living out of my car. When I met Alan Graham, I knew that this was a man who really understood the problem — people need a place to belong. The Community First! Village and this book invite people into something greater, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

John Paul DeJoria, Co-founder of Paul Mitchell and The Patrón Spirits Company

The ministry Alan Graham has launched is nothing short of life-changing. His chronicle of the stories of the people he serves helps all of us see the homeless with new eyes and as God Himself sees them.

Karen Hughes, Author and Former Counselor to President George W. Bush

Welcome Homeless is a book that rattles you to your spiritual senses and awakens the awe you’ve been missing in your relationship with God by inviting you to love your neighbor as yourself.

Susie Davis, Author of Unafraid

Welcome Homeless is a gift that takes down the walls of isolation and shows us the power of empathy and action. The most compelling lesson Graham re-taught me is that when we breathe new purpose into our own journey – when we stop, listen, connect and share, even just for a moment – that mighty pause for humanity is one of God’s most generous endowments.

Roy Spence, Co-founder & Chairman, GSD&M / Co-founder & CEO, The Purpose Institute

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About The Author

ALAN GRAHAM is the founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a social outreach nonprofit in Austin, Texas that provides food and clothing, and promotes dignity to homeless men and women in need.

In the mid-1990s, Alan co-founded the Lynxs Group, which built the air cargo facility at Austin’s new airport, and went on to build similar facilities at airports around the country. He left the Lynxs Group in 1997 and managed Austin’s cargo port as the new airport was opening. Around the same time, the seed for the idea of Mobile Loaves & Fishes had been placed on Alan’s heart. He and four friends boldly answered God’s call to “love your neighbor” by delivering meals from the back of a green minivan. Today, 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.

In addition to growing its truck ministry, Mobile Loaves & Fishes has expanded its programs and services to include the development of Community First! Village, a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Learn more at www.mlf.org

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