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

Join Our Team

THN AmeriCorps VISTA Openings

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 August 2021 – August 2022.  Learn more about the position and complete an application on the myAmeriCorps portal here.

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 August 2021 – August 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 August 2021 – August 2022.  Learn more about the position and complete an application on the myAmeriCorps portal here.

Statewide Data Sharing Initiatives VISTA (Y2) — Austin, TX

Serve with Texas Homeless Network in Austin and engage in data analysis, research, and apply for funding opportunities to support continued implementation of the Texas Homeless Data Sharing Network. The position will likely run from July 2021 – July 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 August 2021 – August 2022.  Learn more about the position and complete an application on the myAmeriCorps portal here.

VISTA Leader — Austin, TX

Serve with Texas Homeless Network in Austin as a VISTA Leader. Share your passion for service with VISTA members serving across the state and to gain program level experience! Position will likely run from August 2021 – August 2022. Learn more about the position and complete an application on the myAmeriCorps portal 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.

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Jacq Taylor
AmeriCorps VISTA Project Associate
Texas Homeless Network

Jacq is the AmeriCorps VISTA Project Associate. Previous to getting hired on with THN, they served two terms of national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, first with an education nonprofit in Houston, then as a Leader with Feeding Texas, a statewide nonprofit addressing food insecurity. They are excited to continue working alongside VISTA members to build systems and local coalitions to end homelessness. 

Jacq is a Texas native from the Lubbock area, currently living in Austin. They are passionate about building frameworks to advance racial equity, LGBTQ+ rights, community coalitions, reading, and taking long walks with their dog, Summer.

Cindy Ramirez, a young Brown 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
TX Balance of State CoC 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 academics, activists and advocates speaking on a variety of issues. 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.

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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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Ann Nguyen
TX BoS CoC HMIS Research and Development VISTA
Texas Homeless Network

Ann is the HMIS Vista at THN, working alongside the data team to help build tools and strategies for HMIS users so they can interact with data, allowing them to make decisions for the people they are serving.
With a passion for data and public health, she strives for increasing data equity and access to comprehensive technological resources in the health sector.
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Toni Johnson
Veteran Employment Specialist 
Central Texas Council of Governments

Toni is the newest Texas Homeless Network Veteran Employment Specialist VISTA of Central Texas Council of Governments / Area Agency on Aging. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently completing a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Psychology. Toni’s primary function is to research and access best practices in community-wide strategies to strengthen resource information for veterans and families experiencing homelessness.

Toni is originally from Chicago, Illinois however Central Texas became home. She is a fifteen-year retired Army veteran, in which her passion for veteran’s challenges and issues sparked a new desire for advocacy. Toni is passionate about advocacy for at-risk individuals from all demographics, who are not able to advocate for themselves. Service as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer allows her to develop the skills and experience needed to use towards her future goals to serve as an advocate for at-risk populations in the community; and to work alongside community stakeholders in the community she services as a VISTA.

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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