Texas Homeless Network AmeriCorps VISTA Project

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AmeriCorps members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.

The AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. A member’s commitment to serve includes:

    • One year term of full-time (40 hours/week) volunteer service at a nonprofit agency in Texas
    • A monthly living allowance of $1150 – $1226 a month (depending on county)
    • Eligibility for additional stipends and benefits to assist with relocation expenses and childcare
    • Health and prescription drug allowance of $7000 to supplement insurance
    • End-of-Service Benefits – members elect to receive either a cash stipend ($1800) or the Segal Education Award ($6495 applicable to student loans or future tuition) upon fulfillment of their service commitment

THN’s statewide VISTA project works on a variety of projects helping areas build capacity to end homelessness. If your organization is interested in learning more about hosting a VISTA member, please contact the Statewide Initiatives Manager.

Apply to Our VISTA Opportunities

  • View the job description, responsibilities, and benefits for each position below. (You will be directed to the My AmeriCorps website to apply.)
  • Create a profile and an application on the My AmeriCorps website (click here for tips for completing the application).
  • Apply for one or more open positions with THN via the My AmeriCorps website.
  • After applying on the AmeriCorps website, please send your resume to nick@thn.org to be considered for an interview.

Join Our Team

THN AmeriCorps VISTA Openings

THN Homeless Management Information System VISTA (Y2) — Austin, TX

Care about ending homelessness in Texas? Join Texas Homeless Network’s (THN) Data team to help improve database maintenance, create materials for funding sources and provide support to the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (TX BoS CoC) Data Committee. The position will likely run from April 2022 – April 2023.  Learn more about the position and complete an application on the myAmeriCorps portal here.

Meet Our Team

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Lisa Albracht
VISTA Project Assistant

Texas Homeless Network

As the AmeriCorps VISTA Project Assistant, Lisa helps manage the statewide team of AmeriCorps VISTA members, meets with site supervisors, and recruits for open positions.

Lisa is originally from Edmond, Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Biology from University of Colorado, Boulder. She has several years of experience in nonprofit settings creating and implementing programs benefitting others. She’s excited to draw on her experiences in project management, communications and event planning and work with AmeriCorps VISTA members to end homelessness in Texas.

 

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Mari Reyes
Policy and VISTA Manager
Texas Homeless Network

Mari is originally from Muskegon, Michigan and started her career by serving two years with AmeriCorps in San Antonio, Texas. She has previously worked in the homeless service sector and her experience includes volunteer management, event management, and donor engagement. She believes housing is a human right and is committed to the fight towards ending homelessness in Texas. In her free time, Mari likes to read and spend time with her friends and family.
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Cindy Ramirez
VISTA Leader
Texas Homeless Network

Cindy is the new VISTA Leader. She joined THN in July 2020 as the TX BoS CoC Coordinated Entry VISTA, and in this role she worked closely with the Systems Change team to develop a plan for evaluating Coordinated Entry in local communities. In her new role as the VISTA Leader, Cindy aims to build positive relationships and to promote community building and partnerships.

Cindy has a BA in International Relations and Global Studies and certificate in Public Policy from UT Austin. She is on a journey of decolonization through the work of Black, Indigenous and brown academics, activists, and advocates. Cindy finds joy in attending concerts, reading, watching films, and solo traveling.

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Mallorie Beavers
Community Engagement Coordinator
Beloved Community

Mallorie is the Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator at Beloved Community, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In this role, she works to increase Beloved Community’s sustainability through funding research, social media outreach, community involvement mapping and foundation building.

Mallorie is from the small town of Shepherd, Michigan. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. Prior to her position at Beloved Community, she was working in trail maintenance with Montana Conservation Corps. Mallorie is excited to develop more knowledge in the nonprofit sector, engage in her passion for service, and become more familiar with her new home — Las Cruces.

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Giovanni Cisneros
Timebank Coordinator
Dona Ana Communities United

Giovanni Cisneros grew up in El Paso, Texas. He is the THN VISTA Timebank Coordinator for Dona Ana Communities United in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He received a Computer Information Systems degree from Arizona State University and is pursuing another degree in Environmental Science from New Mexico State University. The Timebank Coordinator role will allow the creation of solutions based on personal relationship interactions. Giovanni’s goal is to create hydroponics community centers in food deserts that will be able to provide fresh and free groceries to the community participants. 

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Sabrina Fields
Coalition and CE Coordinator
City of Longview

Sabrina joined AmeriCorps VISTA in 2020 as the THN Vista Coalition and Coordinated Entry Coordinator. Sabrina is an advocate for the homelessness population. She has served as chair in North East Texas homeless coalition. 

Sabrina stays abreast of processional and innovative strategies in the marketplace by enhancing her skills in development. She was a graduate of Leadership Longview Class of 2018. Sabrina received an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Kilgore College and an Associates in Addiction Counseling from Tyler Junior College. She furthered her
education by attending Texas A&M Commerce where she received a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts & Science degree in Organizational Leadership. 

Sabrina is a wife, mother, and grandmother.

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Aubrey Fetzer
Statewide Data Sharing Associate
Texas Homeless Network

Aubrey Fetzer is the AmeriCorps VISTA Statewide Data Sharing Network Associate for THN. Her main responsibilities consist of identifying and securing funding for, developing marketing and communication materials for, and supporting the overall operation of the Texas Homeless Data Sharing Network project.

Aubrey is originally from Warren, Michigan and received a Bachelors of Social Work from Wayne State University – located in midtown Detroit – in May of 2020. While completing her final year of undergrad, she got the opportunity to intern at a small community-empowerment organization in Southwest Detroit called Congress of Communities. Following graduation, she then served in the AmeriCorps program the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) for a 10-month period. During this time, Aubrey got the unique opportunity to travel around the southern and mid-atlantic region of the U.S. with a team of eleven other individuals completing 1-2 month long service projects. This experience strengthened her passion for national service as well as macro-level intervention strategies. Likewise, her belief in the importance of relationship building and larger system level interventions led her to her VISTA service term with THN in Austin, Texas. In her free time, Aubrey enjoys direct service volunteering opportunities to satisfy her passion for working along a micro to macro continuum as well as to feel more connected to the individuals within her community. Aside from this, she also enjoys spending time with friends and family, spending time outdoors, spending time with furry friends, and being all around pretty active – whether it be through creating or physical activity.

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Araceli Vera
Social Equity Mapping Coordinator
Dona Ana Communities United

Araceli Vera is the bilingual Social Equity Mapping Coordinator for Dona Ana Communities United in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She moved from Mexico to New Mexico at the age of nine. Araceli graduated from New Mexico State University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Linguistics and Marketing. She wants to create awareness about organizations that help the community such as animal shelters, food banks, and homeless shelters. Araceli enjoys hiking the beautiful trails of Las Cruces in her free time and playing video games.

Sponsor a THN VISTA Member

What does sponsoring a VISTA Member look like? VISTA Members receive a monthly stipend (around $1,000 per month) for their hard work, but as you can imagine, it doesn’t go very far. They live on a diet of ramen noodles, potatoes, and cable-free TV. You can improve their diet by adding more greens and mainstream entertainment with things like gift cards to a movie theater, or dinner out, or by making a monetary donation. As a thank you, your VISTA Member will send you updates on their project.

Contact us to donate gift cards.

Sponsor a VISTA Member with a donation today!

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