MLF Street Retreats offer a unique adventure on the streets of Austin that will help change your perception of homelessness, hope and faith. We invite you to unplug, step out of the comforts of home and step into a world that often is ignored or unseen.

Some questions to ponder as you explore whether a Mobile Loaves & Fishes Street Retreat is right for you:

  • Have you served with an MLF truck team or volunteered at Community First! Village, but want to learn more about homelessness?
  • Do you work in a service, social or ministry field and want to feel more solidarity with those you serve?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to connect more deeply and build trust within your small group or team through a unique communal experience?
  • Are you seeking a break from your routine that can challenge and renew your spirit, soul, and priorities?

By signing up for an MLF Street Retreat, you have an opportunity to venture into the invisible world of our homeless brothers and sisters. Your MLF retreat guide will help you prepare spiritually, provide practical tips for engaging with homeless men and women who you’ll meet, ensure you feel safe and oriented during your time on the streets, and offer insights to help process your experiences. As part of your journey, you will:

  • See Austin through the eyes of men and women who live on the streets.
  • Deepen your understanding of yourself and of those you seek to serve.
  • Build trust and create memories with your small group or team.
  • Exchange your smartphone and to-do list for a time of prayer and possibility.
  • Experience the truth of Matthew 25—that when you meet those on the margins of ordinary life, you may see the face of Christ in new ways.

Stories from the Streets

Upcoming Street Retreats

Mobile Loaves & Fishes offers 24-hour and 48-hour public street retreats throughout the year.
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He commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a staff only: no bread, no wallet, no money in their purse.  –MARK 6:8