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


Community First! Village

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



Friends & Neighbors

Thousands of volunteers serve annually with Mobile Loaves & Fishes and the 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 residents and fellow guests. You’ll be serving goodness.


Community Works


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


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 Individual Packages for our current offerings, or, if you are reserving for a group, contact the Innkeepers about tailoring a package to your group’s needs.

‘Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.’


“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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