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Foundation Work is Complete!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, July 20, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

The weather is heating up in Texas and so is the work at Mobile Loaves & Fishes(MLF). As you can see from the photos, the new foundations for a tiny home and a new pizza oven were poured this week along with a concrete road repair. Special thanks to all from Elite Paving. They finished this up in just a couple days in over 100 degree heat. We are planning on building the small home along with a storage facility during the upcoming Volunteer Day on Saturday, Sept. 8th. Don't forget to register on our website and book your room at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. Besides the buildings construction during the Volunteer Day, we will be completing all sorts of landscaping, gardening, and general organizing in their offices.

We are still needing several items to help out MLF.

Following is an updated project/equipment listing showing what is still needed. We are really hoping to get contractor help with materials and possibly professional labor for some projects:


Commercial Kitchen

The equipment upgrades to the commercial kitchen will expand the offerings of the facility. The equipment will allow MLF to increase the number of people they are able to serve as well as increase volunteer engagement in the kitchen. Additionally the new equipment will increase the health, safety, and usability of the kitchen space.

Equipment/Work Needed


Ventless Combi Oven

Half Size, Roll In, Ventless, Liquid Propane

Meat Slicer

120V 1Hp

Stainless Steel Pots And Pans

E.G. All-Clad, Demeyere

Hotel Coffee Maker


Chrome Griddle

36", With Thermostat, propane or electric


Bluetooth With Haccp Logging Capabilities


Help With Writing/ Creating Plans

Pressure Washer

Electric, Wall Mounted, Warm Water With Detergent

Hand Sanitizer

Like In Rudys


Produce Style


Assorted Sizes With Lids

Hotel Pans

Assorted Sizes With Lids



ServSafe Training

Food Safety Training For Kitchen Employees

Food Trailer

A new food trailer, or existing trailer remodel, will empower more of our neighbors to make a dignified income while working in a space that is central to the community. The equipment below will expand our offerings, increase community engagement between volunteers and neighbors, and allow for a healthier and safer food preparation environment.

Equipment/Work Needed


Chef Base Fridge

72" On Castors

Milkshake Mixer

3 Spindle With Timer

Water Softener

Mini -system?



Three Compartment Sink

Hand Sanitizer

Outdoor For Customers, Like In Rudys

Storage Building

Storage space is needed so we can keep food service equipment and supplies safe and accessible. Our desire is to have storage designed to look like a tiny house from the outside in order to add to the charming aesthetic of the village.

Equipment/Work Needed


Roofing Materials




Chrome Wire

Community Table

Landscape around the Community Table, one of the Village's premier gathering and fellowship spaces for all to enjoy. More tables and games will increase the sense of community in this space for all who come here.

Equipment/Work Needed


Decomposed Granite

Picnic Tables

Park Grade


Native, Low Maintenance

Astro Turf

For Landscaping Around

Strip Heaters



Bigass Fan Style

Plastic Walls

Roll Down For Wind Protection

Unity Hall

Unity Hall is the main place of welcoming and celebration when people are at Community First! Village. These additions will help us increase the offerings and hospitality of this integral space for our community.

Equipment/Work Needed



Keypad/ RFID

Strip Heaters

For Breezeway


Wooden French Doors For Sanctuary

Water Fountain

With Water Bottle Filler

Hand Dryers

High Power, Dyson

Community Market

Bring some much needed improvements to the market in order to increase its offerings and continue to make it a place of welcoming hospitality for all who live at and visit the Village.

Equipment/Work Needed



New CCTV System


New exterior LED/Neon type on building


These miscellaneous items didn't find a home in one of the other projects, but they would all go a very long way in building up our various programs that offer dignified income opportunities to our formerly homeless neighbors as well as growing our ability to connect human to human, heart to heart as we build relationships at Community First! Village.

Equipment/Work Needed


Brick Pizza Oven

60" Or Larger Deck, Outdoor

Strip Heaters

Bus Stop

Tiny House

2, Possibly On RV Side (One Ready To Go On RV Side Phase I & One On Phase II)


Parking Lot Striping

Street Lights

Solar Powered/LED

Water Fountains

Around Property, With Bottle Filler

Pest Services

Around Property

Laundry Services

Wash Towels, Linens, Table Cloths

Shade Sails


Hvac Services

Change Filters, Etc.


Sod, Decomposed Granite, Astro Turf




Air Curtain for exterior door in the kitchen

Materials & Labor

Construction materials and professional labor for small home & storage facility


If you are interested in donating any of the above items or have other donations to offer or have any questions, please contact Jeff Dover, CRFP, at or at (972) 805-0905, x-3.

Big thanks to the following companies for their donations:


  • Water Softener systems, Kinetico/Selecto Commercial Water Systems and Culligan International
  • Fry Oil Filter Machine, K&N Management
  • 20 Quart Stand Mixer, Hobart Service
  • New Pizza Oven, Texas Oven Company
  • Smallwares, Edward Don & Company
  • Coffee/Tea Makers and Supplies, Farmers Brothers Coffee
  • Cooler Temp Monitoring Equipment, Tri-Point Refrigeration
  • New Foundations for the Mini-Home, Pizza Oven, & Road Repairs, Elite Paving
  • New A/C Mini-Split Systems for Restrooms, CSN
  • New Mini-Split A/C’s for the Small Homes, Ecotech Refrigeration and HVAC, Inc.
  • HVAC Periodic Filter Replacement, Bonded Filter
  • Dumpsters for Construction Projects, Waste Management, River Road Waste, and Westrock
  • Equipment Start-Ups & Repairs, Smart Care Equipment Solutions and Cintas Managed Solutions
  • Roofing Materials for new Buildings, Royalty, Versico, and Kanga Roofing Companies
  • EMS for Unity (Office) Building, Entouch Controls
  • Landscaping Materials for Community Table Pavilion, DENTCO & PS Landscapes
  • Plumbing Projects and Supplies for New Buildings, Steven Cox Plumbing
  • Electrical Work, DTX Electric
  • New Gutters and Rain Collection Supplies, Gutter-Tex of Austin
  • Upgrade Light Fixtures to LED, Demand Lighting
  • Floor Tile for New Buildings, Grout Guyz
  • Paint and Painting Supplies for New Buildings, Benjamin Moore & 5-Star Painting
  • Juicer Machine for Main Kitchen, Actions Sales
  • Financial Donation, CLM Midwest
  • Shirts for Volunteer Day, Cintas

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Volunteer Day in September. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.

Dover and out.


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Register Now for the RFMA Gives 5K Fun Run/Walk

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hello RFMA members,

Registration is now open for the RFMA Gives Third Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk during our National Conference in Phoenix on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 from 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM. The $40 entrance fee will go 100% directly towards the RFMA Gives 2019 project in Austin. Each participant will receive a race t-shirt and race number. Feel free to register on the RFMA website. C'mon out, get a little exercise, and donate to our wonderful charity event. Everyone wins!!

Thanks in advance!!

Dover and out.

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