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 $1000-$1150 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 ($6300 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

Communications and Community Engagement VISTA — Las Cruces, NM

Care about making your community more accessible and engaging for folx with disabilities? Serve with Texas Homeless Network and Beloved Community in Las Cruses, New Mexico to strengthen funding, social media, and outreach efforts. The position will likely run from October 2021 – October 2022.  Learn more about the position and complete an application on the myAmeriCorps portal here.

Evaluation VISTA (Y3) — Austin, TX

Serve with Texas Homeless Network’s Systems Change team in Austin to strengthen local homeless service systems by implementing local Coordinated Entry evaluation processes. The position will likely run from October 2021 – October 2022.  Learn more about the position and complete an application on the myAmeriCorps portal here.

Social Equity Mapping Coordinator VISTA (Y3) — Las Cruces, NM 

Serve with Texas Homeless Network and Doña Ana Communities United (DACU) in Las Cruses, New Mexico and engage with the community and surrounding colonias and facilitate tactical urbanism projects. The position will likely run from October 2021 – October 2022.  Learn more about the position and complete an application on the myAmeriCorps portal here.

Timebank Coordinator VISTA (Y3) — Las Cruces, NM

Serve with Texas Homeless Network and Doña Ana Communities United (DACU) in Las Cruses, New Mexico and engage with the community members and surrounding county to volunteer their time and exchange services with their neighbors. The position will likely run from October 2021 – October 2022.  Learn more about the position and complete an application on the myAmeriCorps portal here.

Meet Our Team

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Nick Thompson
Statewide Initiatives Manager
Texas Homeless Network

As the Statewide Initiatives Manager, Nick supports communities through THN’s Statewide Initiatives and Texas Balance of State’s (TX BoS CoC) programs. His primary function in this role is to administer an AmeriCorps VISTA intermediary program across the state, support advocacy efforts, and help with fund development.

Nick is originally from Dallas, Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from St. Edward’s University. He is working on completing his Master of Public Administration from Texas State University. Nick has completed two AmeriCorps terms of service himself, one here in Austin and the other in St. Louis. His passion lies in voting rights, educational equity, housing reform, and public transportation.

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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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Sabrina Fields
THN VISTA Coalition and Coordinated Entry 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
VISTA 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.

Lori

Lori Iles
Coalition and Coordinated Entry VISTA
Kaufman County Homeless Coalition

Lori is a graduate of University of California at Santa Cruz with degrees in Sociology and Politics and a native of Santa Cruz, California. During her time at UCSC, Lori was part of a student led research group studying the housing crisis in the Bay Area and was a member of a student group that advocated for safe and reasonable on-campus student housing. Lori is also a founding member of Model United Nations on campus. Lori started her service at home volunteering at the Salvation Army and at local faith-based food pantries. She is currently serving with the Kaufman County Homeless Coalition in Kaufman, Texas.

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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