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 $1350 a month 
    • 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 VISTA Project Assistant.

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 lisa@thn.org to be considered for an interview.

Join Our Team

THN AmeriCorps VISTA Openings

THN VISTA Leader – Remote within TX

Support Texas Homeless Network’s VISTA program’s growth and sustainability allowing community partners to expand their efforts to provide housing and other services to persons at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. This position is available for VISTA members who have completed one year of service. Learn more about this 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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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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Paty Mendoza
Timebank Coordinator
Doña Ana Communities United

Patricia (Paty) Mendoza is a VISTA member with Doña Ana Communities United (DACU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. As the Timebank Coordinator, she is excited to bring community members together to help one another and build relationships as part of DACU’s efforts to advance health equity. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Paty graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies focused on social work and history. She has fallen in love with New Mexico’s lifestyle and sense of community. Two of her many pastimes are crafting and going on adventures. She is a loving wife and the mother of three girls.

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Anthony
THDSN Associate
Texas Homeless Network

Anthony serves as the Texas Homeless Data Sharing Network (THDSN) Associate through AmeriCorps VISTA. In this position, Anthony works to support and advance the strategic mission and goals of the Data Sharing Network. This includes providing technical assistance and support to Continuum of Cares (CoCs) and other external partners who engage with the Data Warehouse, developing onboarding and training materials for users of the Open Path system, advancing fund development efforts, and building capacity for homeless service providers throughout Texas. Anthony is currently completing his undergraduate degree in Information Systems, and is excited to build upon this experience at Texas Homeless Network through his work on this project, specifically as it relates to data research and analysis. Anthony is passionate about serving those most vulnerable in our community, and is looking forward to dedicating his service term at THN to help individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Texas.

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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.

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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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