Building houses, creating homes
Consulting Manager Ronald Cintron first volunteered with Mobile Loaves and Fishes during Baker Tilly Stewardship Week 2021. The organization builds communities of “tiny homes” — permanent housing for those struggling with homelessness — along with resources and work opportunities together in one place, called the Community First! Village. Joined by his colleagues from our Austin, Texas office, Ronald helped with landscaping, home building, gardening, and moving furniture and other items for residents.
“Right away I was so impressed with the positive impact they were making on the homeless population in Austin,” said Ronald.
Working to address homelessness in Austin since 1998, Mobile Loaves and Fishes focuses its efforts on three areas: food, clothing and hygiene item delivery to people without homes; building safe, affordable permanent housing; and a community works program to help people use their skills to earn an income.
“The folks who live in the village do a lot, whether it's maintaining the community garden or working in the mechanic shop – there are even some artists who created the art displayed around the area,” Ronald said.
With the $10,000 Baker Tilly Wishes grant, the group can build one to two tiny homes, providing permanent housing in a safe and thriving neighborhood.