As you can see, my neighbor Shelia has the most brilliant smile. You, my friend, are the reason it shines so bright! You relieved her greatest worry. You restored her hope. You brought her home.

Shelia’s life was shattered after suffering a devastating divorce and debilitating illness. For more than two years, Shelia was unable to work in her job as a corrections officer. Her illness proved very difficult to treat and she struggled to survive. She was alone, homeless and fighting to restore her health. It was during this time that Shelia learned about Community First! Village, but couldn’t believe that such a place really existed. Because of you, it does.

Through your loyal support of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Shelia has been lifted off the streets into a permanent home in Community First! Village. She is surrounded by people who love and care for her, and she is restoring her health and her life day by day.

“Living here has brought change to my life, and now I am able to help somebody else. This is how to build a community.” – Shelia

Housing will never solve homelessness, but community will.

Through your generosity, friends like Shelia are restoring their lives and settling into a permanent home with a supportive and caring community.
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“We aren’t serving the homeless; we serve one human being at a time, with love, compassion and dignity.”

Amber Fogarty, President and Chief Goodness Officer, Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Shelia is a woman with many talents, and through the Community Works program she has a variety of ways to earn a dignified income. Always eager to try something new, she has learned to make jewelry in the Art House and even how to service cars in Community First! Car Care. Shelia is thrilled to be a Seed Neighbor for Community First! Village Phase II. With her input, our architects are designing homes to better meet the needs of Shelia and her new neighbors. While working with the design team is fun, Shelia is most excited about helping her new neighbors settle into Phase II once construction is complete. Now that she has found her home she can’t wait to share it with others!

“This is my safe haven. I don’t have to worry about anything because all of my needs are being met here at Community First!” – Shelia

Our Resident’s Journeys


I'm really proud to live here.


Living here has brought change to my life, and now I am able to help somebody else. This is how to build a community.