The Community Inn

Your Gateway to Goodness.

Empowering communities into a lifestyle of service,
the Community Inn invites you to…


Community First! Village

The Community Inn is your gateway to Community First! Village, a nationally-recognized, master-planned community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. Established by Mobile Loaves & Fishes, an Austin-area non-profit, the Village will eventually be home to more than two hundred men and women. This is far more than housing: it’s a revolution in goodness.



Friends & Neighbors

Thousands of volunteers serve annually with Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Community First! Village. All Community Inn packages include opportunities to serve with us. You might spend a morning harvesting vegetables from our gardens, tending the olive orchard, making soap, carving a spoon in our Workshop, and much more. However you serve, you’ll be building meaningful relationships with Village neighbors and guests. You’ll be serving goodness.


Community Works


The Community Inn not only welcomes guests to Community First! Village, but also provides dignified income opportunities for our neighbors who live here at the Village. From housekeeping and cooking, to artisan gifts, a stay at the Community Inn supports our burgeoning Community Works micro-enterprise programs.


Meaningful Skills & Ideas

Deepen your stay at the Community Inn with one of our retreat or symposium packages.  Whether you come to study woodworking with one of resident craftsmen, to participate in a contemplative prayer or social justice retreat, or to learn how to establish your own Community First! Village, you will find ways to put your head and heart, as well as your hands, to the work of goodness. Check out our Guest Packages page for our current offerings.

“Community First! is a little slice of heaven on earth. We came to serve and build community only to find ourselves transformed by the hospitality of those whose mission it is to tend this living garden.”



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Good work

June 13th, 2016|0 Comments

"No one is really working for peace unless he is working primarily for the restoration of wisdom"  (E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as If People Mattered. 1973 New York: Harper & Row, 1989. p33) [...]

Garden hospitality

June 6th, 2016|0 Comments

We could have cut down the dill months ago. Steven planted far more than we could use, and I don't even care for the taste. Once it began to go to seed--bursting into yellow flower--we [...]

Leaves for healing

June 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Just outside the office of the Community Inn, a few feathery patches of yarrow have sprouted. I love this little "weed," which we often find at Community First! Village. Its has a long reputation as [...]