On September 13, we gathered together with our team, friends and family at Mobile Loaves and Fishes for a groundbreaking (okay, actually screen printing) ceremony to celebrate the continuation of entrepreneurship and artistry opportunities for our neighbors struggling with chronic homelessness. MLF Community First! Village is a 51-acre master planned community in East Austin for men and women who have been homeless.
The Community Works Entrepreneur Hub will be an 8,000 square foot facility that will expand upon the existing job training and creative enterprises that MLF already provides. MLF resident artists and entrepreneurs are on track to earn $2 million in dignified income through their car care facility, art studio, wood and blacksmith shop and garden. Through our foundation, John Paul and Eloise donated $1.6 million dollars to help make this building a reality.
There are so many cool things happening at the Village — we got to see the first 3D printed house (there’s more to come!), walk by the Alamo Drafthouse outdoor cinema and enjoy birthday cake made by talented chefs on site. You absolutely have to check it out for yourself.