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THE COMMUNITY INN

What is Community First! Village?

Community First! Village is a 27-acre master-planned community that will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.

Like all the enterprises of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Community First! Village exists to empower communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. At the Village, this includes providing affordable housing, income opportunities, and–most importantly–relationships.

The Community First! Village includes

  • an innovative mix of affordable housing options
  • places for worship, study, and fellowship
  • a memorial garden and columbarium
  • a community garden featuring fruit- and nut-bearing trees and vegetables
  • a chicken operation, goat pastures, bee hives, and aquaponic system
  • a workshop with tool bank and art gallery for micro-enterprise opportunities
  • a medical facility for physical and mental health screenings and support services including hospice and respite care
  • walking trails
  • an outdoor movie theater sponsored by the Alamo Draft House
  • CAP Metro bus stop
  • WiFi for residents
  • and more!

COMMUNITY FIRST!

Events & Activities

Genesis Gardens

Genesis Gardens, which includes our kitchen gardens, permaculture farms, and animal husbandry programs, is one of the most popular places for guests to volunteer. If you sign up for a service event, you might end up collecting broccoli seed, harvesting tomatoes, or turning compost piles. At any time, however, you are welcome to visit the gardens, see what’s growing, and talk with the residents and staff members who tend them.

Craft Workshops

Thousands of visitors come each year to volunteer with Community First!, but the Village also hosts workshops in blacksmithing, woodworking, gardening, and much more. These workshops can not only provide income for our residents, but can sustain important, enriching homemaking skills. Check with the Innkeepers for our current schedule of workshops and classes.

COMMUNITY FIRST!

Neighborhood Attractions

Donkeys

Genesis Garden’s herd of miniature donkeys is the newest addition to Community First! Village’s animal husbandry operations. For now, they live on the property just to the west of the Village, but if you come to the Inn office and enjoy a cup of coffee from our porch, you just might catch a glimpse of these darlings across the fence.

Chicken Coop

Want to see one of the funkiest chicken coops in Austin? Then take a short walk from your room at the inn and visit our laying ladies. These chickens provide eggs to Community First! residents, as well as lots of entertainment to everyone who stops to watch their fussing, pecking, brooding, and hunting.

Community
Cinema

During your stay, check with the Innkeepers about any films that might be playing. Sponsored by Austin’s famed Alamo Drafthouse, the Community Cinema shows films throughout the year. Many of our units are perched just in front of the amphitheater and outdoor screen, so you may have the best seat in the house!

Chess Set

Home should be a place of both work and play. If you come to serve during your stay at Community First! Village, remember that we also have some wonderful ways to rest and play after a day of meaningful work. Our community chess board is a fun way to get to know fellow guests and Village neighbors. You’ll find it near the playscape, just south of the kitchen gardens.

Prayer Labyrinth

The artisan who directed much the Village’s stone work has also created a beautiful labyrinth for our residents and guests. Located near our community columbarium, the labyrinth provides a space for prayer and reflection amid our busy days at Community First! Village.