#WelcomeHomeless: Founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes Releases New Book, Calls on Austinites to Rethink Homelessness

Friday Morning Downtown Rush Hour Event Aims to Promote Community and Help Transform Stereotypes of City’s Homeless Neighbors

AUSTIN, Texas--()--Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF), a social outreach ministry that has been serving the homeless community in Central Texas for nearly two decades, is leveraging the start of SXSW and downtown morning rush hour to inspire Austinites to rethink homelessness in our city.

Hundreds of Mobile Loaves & Fishes volunteers, along with homeless and formerly homeless men and women, will join together in downtown Austin on Friday morning March 10th to promote the importance of community — an underlying theme in the new book Welcome Homeless, released this week by MLF founder and CEO Alan Graham.

“Commuters, pedestrians and SXSW visitors should expect to see plenty of cardboard signs in downtown Austin Friday morning designed to draw attention to homelessness in our great city,” said Graham, a former Austinite of the Year and key thought leader in the U.S. on issues involving homelessness. “Welcome Homeless will help people gain a better understanding of the inherent need for community and relationships in our lives. They also will be struck with the realization that housing will never solve homelessness in our country – but community will.”

In addition to his role as CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Graham is the lead visionary behind Austin’s Community First! Village — an innovative 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing for men and women who have been living on the streets.

#WelcomeHomeless Event Details:

WHO: Hundreds of Mobile Loaves & Fishes friends, volunteers and supporters.

WHAT: Downtown morning rush hour event to promote community and the launch of MLF founder’s new book, Welcome Homeless.

WHEN: Friday, March 10 beginning at 7:00am.

WHERE: Crowd will gather at the Homeless Memorial Tree at Auditorium Shores (near South 1st Street and Riverside Dr.), then descend on nearby city streets of downtown Austin.

TO ATTEND: Anyone who’d like to participate in Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ #WelcomeHomeless event can RSVP here.

About Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a social outreach ministry that empowers communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. The organization has been serving in Central Texas since 1998, and its food truck ministry operates 7 nights a week, 365 days a year delivering food, hygiene products and other life-sustaining items to our homeless neighbors. With the support of more than 19,000 volunteers and over 5 million meals served, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin, Texas. www.mlf.org

Contacts

Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Thomas Aitchison, 512-826-6161
thomas@mlf.org

Release Summary

Mobile Loaves & Fishes' founder and CEO Alan Graham encourages cities across the country to rethink homelessness with the release of his new book, Welcome Homeless.

Contacts

Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Thomas Aitchison, 512-826-6161
thomas@mlf.org