Community Corps offers customized apprenticeships at Community First! Village for vision-driven, values-based leaders who seek to develop and to invite others into a lifestyle of service.

Amid an epidemic of loneliness and homelessness, the Gospel calls us to make a home among the poor, surrendering comfort for community. That’s why we created Community Corps.

This ten-week adventure — anchored at the Community First! Village in Austin, Texas — provides life-changing mentorship, hands-on service and practical work experience. Within our vibrant community of chronically homeless and formerly homeless neighbors, each apprenticeship track is designed to help participants challenge the familiar and rediscover the lost arts of a missional life. Now is the time to unsettle the ordinary! Select your track below.

2020 APPLICATIONS SUSPENDED

One of our top priorities as an organization is the safety and health of Community First! Village neighbors, volunteers, guests and staff members. Out of an abundance of caution related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have made the difficult decision to put all new Community Corps positions on hold until further notice.

Please know that we have made this decision after careful consideration, and are grateful for your patience, understanding and support as we all navigate this uncertain time together. Please feel free to reach out directly to Mobile Loaves & Fishes at education@mlf.org with any questions.

For emerging leaders who need practical work
experience, this apprenticeship integrates career preparation and missional service while offering wisdom and clarity for your future.

The Community Corps: Students track is designed for young men and women at least 18 years of age who want to learn and serve at Community First! Village.

Program Benefits

Discipleship

  • Bible Study and Book Discussion – intensive, focused study and small group discussions on building a meaningful and sustainable work life
  • Retreats – exploratory and restorative retreats on the streets of downtown Austin and the beautiful Texas Hill Country
  • Mentorship – relational formation from MLF staff and missional community members, who model a “lifestyle of service” at Community First! Village

Service

  • Spend approximately 25-27 hours/week serving and learning within one of MLF’s program or operational teams

Community

  • On-site lodging in one of our Village micro-homes
  • Weekly meals with Community Corps Apprentices and members of the Village community
  • Opportunity for deep connection with Village residents through work, meals, arts & craft, movie nights, and more!

Program Details

Track Terms

Each term is 10 weeks long. Terms are offered 3 times a year during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. For specific term dates, application due dates, and program costs, contact us.

Who can apply?

  • The Community Corps: Students track is open to all applicants 18 and older.
  • Each applicant is required to provide two references. We reserve the right to conduct a background check.

Even inspired leaders can struggle to establish practical plans and identify the best starting point for implementing a bold new vision. This apprenticeship provides an immersive, practical understanding of the Community First! Model and of the ways MLF programs execute the key components of this model. Participants also gain experiential knowledge living in and building intentional community.

The Community Corps: Replicators track is for alumni of MLF’s Symposium for Goodness’ Sake who are committed to establishing a development based on the Community First! Model in their own cities and communities.

Program Benefits

Replication Training

  • Book Study – gain in-depth understanding of the Community First! philosophy & culture that is essential for replication through assigned reading and study.
  • Street Retreat – participate in an exploratory overnight retreat on the streets of downtown Austin. Retreatants will engage our homeless brothers and sisters in their place of dwelling and encounter their own bodies, hearts, and beliefs in this immersive experience.
  • Leadership Academy – increase self-awareness of your particular leadership personality and tendencies and capitalize on your personal strengths and commitment in this 3-Day training. This leadership paradigm will equip you to empower others into your vision of replicating the Community First! Model in your local area.
  • Coaching – receive replication content and competency coaching from MLF staff experienced in creating & building Community First!

Work Experience

  • Spend approximately 25-30 hours/week learning and working within one of MLF’s program or operational teams that is necessary for your replication efforts.
  • Generate and begin implementing your replication action plans of the Community First! Model for your own organization and community.

Community

  • On-site lodging in one of our Village micro-homes will allow replicators to gain experiential knowledge of tiny house living within the village offering ideas for design of property and communal life.
  • Weekly meals with Community Corps Apprentices and members of the Village community
  • Opportunity for deep connection with Village residents through work, meals, arts & craft, movie nights, and more!

Program Details

Track Terms

The standard term is 10 weeks long. Terms are offered 2 times a year during the Spring and the Fall. An accelerated 5-week term is offered in January. For specific term dates, application due dates, and program costs, contact us.

Who can apply?

  • The Community Corps: Replicators track is ONLY open to alumni of MLF’s Symposium for Goodness’ Sake.
  • Each applicant will be interviewed and is required to provide two references. We reserve the right to conduct a background check.

Individuals who feel called into a lifestyle of service and
community often find themselves stuck, not knowing how to live out their values and their vision. This apprenticeship provides the opportunities and mentorship that can facilitate an authentic and practical transition into a new season of life.

The Community Corps: Pathfinders track is for individuals and families* who desire to explore living missionally, either as part of Community First! Village’s missional community or in preparation for a new season of life and work.

Program Benefits

Discipleship

  • Bible Study and Book Discussion – intensive, focused study and small group discussions on building a meaningful and sustainable work life
  • Retreats – exploratory and restorative retreats on the streets of downtown Austin and the beautiful Texas Hill Country
  • Mentorship – relational formation from MLF staff and missional community members, who model a “lifestyle of service” at Community First! Village.

Service

Spend approximately 25-27 hours/week serving and learning within one of MLF’s program, operational or missional teams

Community

  • On-site lodging in one of our Village micro-homes will allow replicators to gain experiential knowledge of tiny house living within the village offering ideas for design of property and communal life.
  • Weekly meals with Community Corps Apprentices and members of the Village community
  • Opportunity for deep connection with Village residents through work, meals, arts & craft, movie nights, and more!

Program Details

Track Terms

Each term is 10 weeks long. Terms are offered 3 times a year during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. For specific term dates, application due dates, and program costs, contact us.

Who can apply?

  • The Community Corps: Pathfinders track is open to all applicants 18 and older.
  • Each applicant is required to provide two references. We reserve the right to conduct a background check.
  • *In certain case, families might be accepted based on housing availability.

To learn more or schedule a tour, email education@mlf.org.

We feel our lives radically changed and went in a whole different direction. We spent a lot of time in the word, and through the book discussions we were able to get deep into what home really means. It was a deep season of growth for both of us.

John-Mark and Briana

I gained more than I can say from my summer with Community Corps at Community First! Village. The community is a perfect picture of grace.

My summer at The Village was a deep, rich time. It stretched me and changed my outlook on life. I learned that no matter the circumstances people are facing, they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity while we work to restore their hope. Whether it was pulling vegetables from a garden, doing laundry for the Inn, or making soap to sell in the Market, each day was filled learning from people who had spent many years on the streets. I would highly recommend it to those who are looking to learn more about people, themselves, and what life is truly about.

CeCelia

I think I’ve gotten such a better understanding of the fact that the root cause of homelessness is the catastrophic breakdown of family. I think the idea that we all experience homelessness in certain ways is something I’d never thought about either — that sense of disconnectedness [we all feel] is related to the people we see on the street corners.

Barrett

The Community Corps program not only allowed me to spend a summer learning and serving, but also an opportunity to apply my degree. That summer was an eye opener for me in my faith. I was mentored not only by my supervisors, but neighbors in the Village. Everyone there has such a beautiful heart, and the Lord is truly doing a great work there.

Makayla

It was the answer to what my heart was seeking. I don’t know what my life would be like if I hadn’t come. It changed my life. It was everything that I was seeking in reconnecting with my faith.

Kristy