Community First! Village grew from a revelatory thesis—housing alone will never solve homelessness, but community will.
This premise is held and cultivated by Mobile Loaves & Fishes staff, our formerly homeless neighbors from the street, and a special group of people living in the Village called Missionals.
Who Are Our Missionals?
Missionals are uniquely committed to the mission, vision, values and goals of Mobile Loaves & Fishes. They pay rent and all their expenses to live in the Village, and donate their time to become part of the community. They are intentional neighbors. These pioneers have one thing in common—they are people of good will with a passion to serve our brothers and sisters who are transitioning out of chronic homelessness. Missionals comprise approximately 20% of the Community First! Village population.
Compelled by the love of God, missionals choose to make their home at Community First! Village alongside those having suffered chronic homelessness. They affirm their neighbors’ worth by honoring their inherent dignity, giving respect, and offering encouragement as they form relationships while building and experiencing community together. – Missional Identity Statement
The average day for a Missional in Community First! Village is as different as the personalities and walks of life of those called to serve. Missionals interact with residents and each other in numerous ways, large and small. Every visit is an opportunity to listen, encourage, affirm and deepen intentional relationships.
Become a Missional
If you have read What is a Missional, It Takes and Village and Duty to Mobile Loaves & Fishes and you are interested in learning more about becoming a missional at Community First! Village, we invite you to click below: