These were Jesus’ instructions to His disciples: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Luke 10:2).
In the past month The Gathering at Community First! has partnered with 3 churches, 2 small groups, and 1 local business. The vision of The Gathering is to empower the greater body into a lifestyle of serving alongside the homeless … human to human, heart to heart. Put simply: we invite volunteers and service-minded folks to participate in what we believe is “a mission trip in the backyard of Austin.” Volunteers are a vital lifeline to creating a Christ-centered mission at Community First! We cannot do this without YOU!
The Gathering is ideal for individuals, families and also small or large groups. Click HERE to see the volunteer calendar. Thank you for your willingness to serve alongside our brothers and sisters in need.
5 Myths of Homelessness
Myth #1: Homeless people should “just get a job.”
Fact: Getting a job is especially challenging for a homeless person who lacks clean clothes, access to a shower or bathroom, transportation, and a permanent address. Others have a criminal past, learning disabilities or lack of education. Even if they find work, their low income often cannot sustain them.
Myth #2: People are homeless by choice.
Fact: No one sets out with a goal of becoming homeless. The single greatest cause of homelessness is the profound, catastrophic loss of family. Poor choices can contribute to being homeless. However, circumstances such as job loss, mental illness, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol issues, and trauma often influence those choices.
Myth #3: Helping people enables them to stay homeless.
Fact: Food and shelter are essentials for life. By offering these and other outreach services like shower / bathroom and mail service, we build a human to human, heart to heart relationship with folks in need. Then we’re able to elevate the friendship and circle of care through a Christ-centered mission including recovery programs, counseling, life skills and job training.
Myth #4: Sufficient affordable housing will end homelessness.
Fact: Housing will never solve homelessness, but community will. Providing housing helps folks who are stuck in the cycle of poverty, but many people may struggle to function within the rhythm of a “normal” life. There are typically no simple “fix and repair” solutions.
Myth #5: Homelessness will never end.
Fact: Many U.S. cities have established ambitious goals to end homelessness. While these efforts are important in reducing the scope and duration of homelessness, they will not completely eliminate it everywhere for all time. This is why the model of Community First! (CF!), and current expansion to Phase 2 at CF!, are crucial here in Austin and with other ministries seeking to replicate the heart and strategy of the ministry. Click HERE to learn more about what we believe is a transformative model of serving goodness to those suffering from homelessness.
that volunteers would sign up and serve The Gathering… the harvest is great, but the workers are few (Luke 10:2)
The Gathering at Community First! would embrace the “slow work of God” to transform the lives of our homeless brothers and sisters
God would multiply our efforts to make disciples who make disciples
for the Pastor Dude of The Gathering, Matt Freeman, and his wife, Chris, as they prepare their adult children for the future … Zach is his final year at Florida State University and Kai will be returning to her second year at Samford University … ask the Lord to give an abundance of grace and mercy
The Gathering is a mission that is 100% donor-funded through generous, tax-deductible contributions. We have experienced a slight decrease in giving through the summer months and appreciate your investment and special gifts by clicking HERE.
The Gathering at Community First! Village
PO Box 6211
Austin, TX 78762