I believe there is no more joyful place to spend Christmas than at home with my family. This holiday season my joy is multiplied knowing that some of my friends who used to live on the streets of Austin are celebrating their first Christmas at home in Community First! [...]
The first rule of surviving homelessness - BE INVISIBLE...
In the fall of 2015, three couples from Austin Ridge Bible Church - the Smiths, Millers, and McConkeys - moved out to the Community First! village as missional residents. Community First! is a 27-acre master-planned community that provides affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. [...]
“... We moved to Community First! Village during Thanksgiving week of this year, into a 300 square-foot RV that we had redone.We’ve learned that so much of our “stuff” is not essential for a rich life. I share much of my day with so many new folks. We walk dogs together, cook/feed volunteers together, harvest [...]
“I was at the same job for seven years, maintaining a large property. I happened to lose my job and everything kind of went downhill after that. I was going through a divorce and just started to lose everything. Me and my dog, Bones, wound up homeless. We were living in a tent, making it [...]
“I grew up in the Houston-Galveston area and everywhere in between there. I worked for another nonprofit in town called Imagine Art. I cooked for them for two-and-a-half years, and then they voted me out of their budget. I was sort of in limbo. Then one day I saw Steve Hebbard, who is sort of [...]
Sometimes life hits us hard. I’ve endured some rough spots in my life, and I’m thinking you probably have too. For you and me, the relationships we have with family help sustain us through these difficult times. Sadly, this is not true for our friends living on the streets. They are alone, vulnerable and have [...]