As Austinites, we’re blessed to live in a city that is progressive, experiential, experimental, game-changing, conscious and, lets face it, awesomely cool. In such a city, you’d expect the population to match, and in the ATX, we don’t disappoint. This Capital City is chock-full of amazing citizens who strive to better the city on a daily basis. From writers to activists, entrepreneurs to artists, we’ve rounded up a diverse group of Austinites that help make this city great.
“For more than 16 years, Alan has gone into the streets of our city and built relationships with the lost, lonely, outcast and forgotten members of our community. He has brought them food and clothing, but more importantly, he has brought them compassion, dignity and friendship,” says Perri Verdino-Gates, communications coordinator for Mobile Loaves and Fishes. “The biggest lesson we have learned over the years is that we are not a food ministry,” says Graham, MLF’s founder and president. “We merely use food as a conduit to connect human to human and heart to heart.” Having empowered more than 18,000 volunteers, Graham has helped countless Austinites not only see our homeless neighbors, but interact with them, recognize and appreciate their gifts and talents, and realize that every citizen contributes to the uniqueness and greatness of the city. “Housing will never solve homelessness,” says Graham. “But community will.”