Since 1965, AmeriCorps VISTA members have been bringing 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. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalysts 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 VISTA member serves for one year and may be assigned to a non-profit, governmental or education institution. VISTA Service Members are placed at organizations in order to build capacity for that organization and the larger community(ies) to help bring individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTA assignments focus on “in-direct” service activities that are designed to enhance the capacity of the entity where they are assigned.
Georgia Balance of State Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry System VISTA Project
The Georgia Balance of State Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry System (BoS CoC CES) VISTA project will reduce poverty by addressing issues related to homelessness. The project will improve and expand the Georgia BoS CoC CES by developing a strategic plan, based on identified agency and community needs, to successfully address individual, family, and youth homelessness. Coordinated entry is a HUD (Housing and Urban Development) mandated system through which individuals and families experiencing homelessness are matched with appropriate housing and service interventions.
The VISTA project will have an integral role in expanding the BoS CES throughout Georgia. The CES serves individuals and families experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless. The CES will eventually include 152 of Georgia’s 159 counties, with a majority of those counties classified as rural. The CES VISTA project will contribute to strategic planning, development, data collection and management associated with the CES implementation. BoS CoC CES VISTA members will work primarily with local partners to increase the capacity, collaboration, and effectiveness of regional coordinated entry systems.
Meet the BoS CoC CES VISTA Members
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Jasmine joined the DCA team as VISTA leader just a few months after completing her VISTA service at Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, Ga where her love and desire to advocate and support the needs of other currently serving AmeriCorps members quickly became an unannounced portion of her service assignment. Finding ways to keep her VISTA peers excited and mentally prepared during and after their service, Jasmine aimed to create safe spaces for VISTA members to vent, share resources, feel accepted and appreciated, and much more. We look forward to seeing more of Jasmine’s passion as her term progresses.
90 Works- Lowndes County
Amoy’s childhood dream of committing her service and time to vulnerable populations and communities is being fulfilled by serving as a VISTA for 90Works in Albany, GA, where she actively works to create a pathway out of poverty for families and individuals nearing or facing homelessness. Her own passion to become and remain self-sufficient serves as a driving force that encourages her to help others do the same as well. At the age of 26, Amoy’s resiliency and determination keeps us all passionate and engaged with this line of work. After service, Amoy has goals to enroll into graduate school and find a career that allows her to continue to utilize her multitude of skills and values to continue to serve and advocate for diverse, susceptible groups.
Safe Harbor- Camden County
Dedicated to assisting those in need, Eric uses his skill of networking to create partnerships and gather resources for his host site, Safe Harbor in Camden County, GA. With family being an important aspect in his life, Eric was almost instantly pulled into Safe Harbor’s mission to “provide services that promote security and stability for at risk families, children, and individuals”. During times of reflection, Eric admits his gratefulness for this opportunity through the AmeriCorps program to make and set strides that will push him further in his own personal journey. We are all quite grateful for his desire to “Be the Greater Good”!
90 Works- Dougherty County
Determined to learn critical skills to make a difference, Gabi joins the everyday efforts of her service site, 90Works in Albany, GA where she is getting an opportunity to do just that. Gabi wishes to use her service to learn and explore nonprofit management and leadership in hopes to after service gain her master’s degree in Non-Profit management. Gabi strives to become more knowledgeable and inclusive to help break down barriers for those in need and we have no doubt that she will continue to do just that and so much more!
Action Ministries- Clayton County
Janessa’s resiliency is what serves as her daily motivation and is one of the many reasons that encouraged her to become a Coordinated Entry VISTA serving alongside Action Ministries in Atlanta, GA. Janessa is a hard worker that values meeting her educational and personal goals which include one day becoming an engineer and starting self-sufficiency programs for residents in counties that lack the needed resources. Janessa’s decision to take a year to serve others and learn how to do more similar and impactful projects after her term is the perfect example of what we admire most in an AmeriCorps member!
HomeFirst- Gwinnett County
Sarah’s creativity and ability to empathize with others is what makes her stand out at her host site, HomeFirst in Gwinnett county. Not only does Sarah have a keen eye at recognizing potential needs for the partners that she engages with, but she also implements plans to take charge and advocate for those experiencing a greater need. With her background in public health, she is no stranger to working with diverse teams and populations which has motivated her to one day starting her very own nonprofit in her hometown of Portland, Oregon where her passion of serving the homeless community will continue!
The BoS CoC Coordinated Entry VISTA Project is always recruiting. Current opportunities are posted below.
Houston County: Follow this link to apply!
Liberty County: Opportunity coming soon!
Bryan County: Opportunity coming soon!
Bartow County: Opporunity coming soon!
Atlanta (Dekalb County): Opportunity coming soon!
If you would like someone to contact you about any of the opportunities listed above, please complete this quick google form.
Recruitment Live Q&A Session: Monday, May 3rd at Noon.
Are you interested in learning more about the Coordinated Entry VISTA project? Do you know the benefits of being a VISTA member? Do you know what capacity building is? Come join us for a Live Q&A Session that will provide the answers to these questions and much more. This will be an interactive session with staff members available to answer your specific questions. Register for this event here.
AmeriCorps VISTA: Get the basics webinar! Wednesday, May 5th at 2 PM
AmeriCorps is hosting a webinar on May 5th at 2 PM. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about AmeriCorps VISTA. They will share information about serving in the VISTA program, the benefits of serving, how to apply, and more. Register for their event here.