THN Volunteer in Service to America Project

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AmeriCorps VISTA 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 benefits
    • End-of-Service Benefits – members elect to receive either a cash stipend or the Segal Education Award (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 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 complete this screening and send your resume to nick@thn.org to be considered for an interview.

Join Our Team

THN Veteran Employment Specialist VISTA Openings

Denton, TX – United Way of Denton Co.

Serve with THN and United Way of Denton Co. to help veterans seek employment and maintain or secure housing! The position will likely run from Oct. 2020 – Oct. 2021. Please fill out the application on the myAmeriCorps portal that can be found here

Belton, TX – Central Texas Council of Governments

Serve with THN and Central Texas Council of Governments in Belton to help veterans seek employment and maintain or secure housing! Position will likely run from Oct. 2020 – Oct. 2021. Please fill out the application on the myAmeriCorps portal that can be found here

THN VISTA Coalition and Coordinated Entry Coordinator Opening (Longview)

Position will likely run Oct. 2020 – Oct. 2021! Please fill out the application on the myAmeriCorps portal that can be found here

Meet Our Team

A bearded white man with chestnut colored trimmed hair and beard stands outside in a navy, light-blue, and white plaid button down shirt with only the top button remaining undone. Some teeth come through the beard to form a smile in front of a background of greenery. His right and left ears are slightly sunburned from the Texas summer. There is a ripe pomegranate growing from one of the trees in the background. The photo has been slightly altered to smooth out ridges on Nick's forehead and adjust the level of lighting.

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.

Savannah Haney, a young white woman with long brown hair, smiling at the camera, on a grey and brown background.

Savannah Haney
VISTA Leader
Texas Homeless Network

Savannah Haney currently serves as the VISTA Leader at Texas Homeless Network. She conducts outreach to businesses, schools, and organizations to recruit members for our open positions. Savannah also provides valuable support to the other VISTAs in the THN program. Previous to her service here at THN, Savannah completed two other AmeriCorps service terms, one in California, and the other in Colorado.

Brenda Larsosa female African American elderly female with dark brown medium length hair styled in a bun. I wear full frame brown glasses with hazel eyes, and wearing a black 2 piece black blouse with dark printed long sleeves. My photo background is in my office standing in from of a white brick indoor wall doing what I do best smiling.

Brenda Larsosa
Coalition and Coordinated Entry Coordinator VISTA
City of Texarkana

Brenda Larsosa began her AmeriCorps Vista career in 2004-2007 with the Senior in Poverty Program Texarkana TX. She has previously completed four years in VISTA programs and is currently working toward her fifth.  As the Coalition and Coordinated Entry Coordinator VISTA, Brenda assesses, improves, and expands processes established by previous members, conduct any assessments necessary in identifying gaps or needs of the coalition.

Yolanda Bryant, a seasoned brown skinned woman with a short curly black bobbed hair style. She has on large embellished cross hooped earrings, blue thin framed glasses, and is wearing a crisp long sleeved collared button down white shirt, draped with a vibrant blue and red flowered scarf. Yolanda is taking a selfie sitting in a chair in a conference room bright eyed with a big happy and inviting smile.

Yolanda Bryant
Homeless Landlord Engagement Specialist VISTA
Tarrant County Homeless Coalition

Yolanda Bryant, a Veteran who served in the Army for 3 years and went on to retire after 20 years in the Navy, is serving her first year of VISTA service as a Landlord Engagement Specialist assisting in the establishment of a program focused on Landlord Engagement, recruitment, and retention. The program aims to enhance and develop new relationships with landlords of Tarrant County to increase the number of housing opportunities for people exiting homelessness.

India Miller is in the center of a photograph. She is wearing a blue floral patterned tunic with a gemstone necklace. Her smile is wide and inviting. India's golden-brown hair is slightly below her shoulders. The background behind her is of greenery with a single tree's trunk coming out of the right frame of the photograph.

India Miller
Homeless Programs Associate VISTA
Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance

India Miller graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in International Studies and French Language & Literature. She moved to Dallas from Seattle to complete her service year as the Homeless Programs Associate VISTA at Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. Through this position, she will be assisting the MDHA Continuum of Care in improving its current housing programs and developing new programs. She hopes that her VISTA project will enable the community to more effectively serve those experiencing homelessness in Dallas.

Photo of Alexis Willis

Alexis Willis
Communications and Development Associate VISTA
Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance

 Alexis Willis graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s in Public Health. She decided to move back to Dallas from San Antonio after graduating and joined AmeriCorps. Alexis serves as the Development and Communications VISTA for MDHA better known as Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. My role in this position is to enhance MDHA’s ability to fundraise, communicate and relationship build. Alexis serves to aid MDHA in communicating its message, securing resources, and raising funds with the end result of erasing homelessness in the Dallas area.

Joe Schultz, a young white male with a light skin tone and short dark-red hair. He is using full frame black glasses, and is wearing a dark gray long-sleeved shirt. Joe is smiling at the camera which is close to him as he took this picture himself.

Joe Schultz
Statewide Data Sharing Initiatives Associate VISTA
Texas Homeless Network

Joe joined Texas Homeless Network in February 2020 in a Data Sharing Initiatives VISTA position. He is focused on THN’s effort to connect all of the HMIS databases throughout the state of Texas into one synchronized system. Joe is also focusing on grant writing and improving THN’s blog and social media presence.

Margaret Hill, a light skinned woman with shoulder length hair that is dyed red. Her head is turned a little to her right, but her eyes are directed at the viewer. She is smiling slightly. She is wearing tortoise shell framed glasses, red lipstick, thin hoop earrings, and a black woven sweater

Margaret Hill
Balance of State Continuum of Care Governance VISTA
Texas Homeless Network

As the Governance VISTA at THN, Margaret’s role involves improving engagement between THN as the lead agency of the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (BoS CoC), and homeless service providers within the BoS CoC. Her main duties involve assisting with the development of committees, researching ways in which other states have improved communication within their BoS CoCs, and assisting with maintaining communication between THN and local homeless coalitions in the BoS CoC.

Cindy Ramirez, a young Latinx individual with a medium brown skin tone and dark brown hair past shoulder length. She is using full frame black and green glasses, and is wearing a sleeveless dark blue blouse patterned with white polka-dots. Cindy is smiling at the camera, standing in front of a light gray wall.

Cindy Ramirez
Coordinated Entry VISTA
Texas Homeless Network

Cindy is the new TX BoS CoC Coordinated Entry VISTA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Global Studies, with a focus in International Security, from The University of Texas at Austin. She also received a certificate in Public Policy, which allowed her to intern with local Austin non-profits and membership-based organizations before joining THN.

In her spare time, Cindy enjoys attending concerts, reading, solo traveling, and watching films. Beyond her typical hobbies, Cindy is on a journey of decolonizing through the work of activists and advocates speaking on a variety of issues, such as Indigenous land rights, industrial agriculture, the prison-industrial complex, universal housing, workers’ rights, etc. Overall, Cindy is looking forward to her year with THN and hopes to learn more about the issues and solutions on homelessness affecting the people of Texas.

A Black woman, with long black hair, and brown eyes. She has a warm smile on her face and she is prepared to help you answer any questions regarding Point-in-Time Count and Housing Inventory Count. Princess is wearing a black, white, grey, and pink striped sweater with a silver necklace that has a heart-shaped pendant.

Princess Murchison
Data Associate VISTA
Texas Homeless Network 

Princess works at THN as the Data Associate VISTA, where she serves alongside the Data Coordinator to ensure that Point-in-Time (PIT) and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) data is presented to communities to use for advocacy. 

Prior, to THN she worked as a Client Advocate at a domestic violence shelter and as Team Lead for CitySquare AmeriCorps. Princess is from Dallas, Texas and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Health from Austin College and an Associates of Science in Business from Northlake College. She is passionate about social justice issues, the environment, and using data to provide solutions to important issues. 

Lea Kokenes
Youth Homeless Program VISTA
Lifeworks Austin

Lea Kokenes is currently serving a term as a THN VISTA at LifeWorks. LifeWorks serves youth and families seeking self-sufficiency, and Lea supports their Rapid Rehousing and Street Outreach teams as they ramp up their efforts to end youth homelessness in Austin in 2020.

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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