Community First! Residents


“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 [...]

Danny and Team 888

My friend Danny is homeless and has lived in a tent deep in the woods of Austin for many years. Danny has a strong love for God and for his homeless friends. Now because of your generosity, Danny is serving goodness to his homeless neighbors. “We need [...]

Tony and Pat

"Everything we do is about relationships. The biggest lesson we have learned over the years is that we are not a food ministry. We merely use food as a conduit to connect human-to-human and heart-to-heart." — Alan Graham, Founder & President I first met Tony when our truck stopped in [...]

Ellis – Part3

“I left home at 16 to escape my abusive father. I landed in jail. Before I was released, my mother died. I was devastated. Alone and homeless, I was starving on the streets until I found the MLF food truck. Right away, I felt that these people cared for me. They fed me, helped [...]

Ellis – Part2

“When I was a little boy, I dreamed of being a fireman. I wanted to help people..." --Ellis Just like you and me, Ellis had childhood dreams of what he wanted to be when he grew up. He never realized this dream. Ellis left home at 16 to escape the physical [...]

Ellis – Part1

"I always thought no one cared...then I met the wonderful folks at MLF." - Ellis Sadly, many of our homeless brothers and sisters share the same view of the world. This is especially true during the holiday season. Our homeless friends are alone, hungry and vulnerable. This was true [...]


Not unlike many of those living on the streets, Larry suffered abuse at the hands of his alcoholic father. He escaped home at an early age - hopping trains and working odd jobs as a mason, a construction hand and even as a carnie along the way. Larry spent [...]


“I went through some troubles and separated from my family. Then about a year ago, I was hit by a car. No longer able to work, I was homeless and hungry.” Christmas 2012, my friend Anthony was alone and living on the streets of Austin. Recovering from injuries sustained in a [...]


Peggy was born with no arms or legs, the tragic result of the thalidomide prescribed to her mother for morning sickness. “In spite of her body’s deformities, Peggy lived life to the fullest and was so thankful for MLF in her life. She knew that she [...]