#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–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ServingGoodness–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
, 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

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

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


Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Thomas Aitchison, 512-826-6161