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HandsOn Greater Phoenix VISTA Program

Chandler Christian Community Center

345 S. California Street, Chandler, AZ 85225

I-HELP Specialist (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program)


Position Title: I-HELP Specialist, AmeriCorps*VISTA


About Host Site: At Chandler Christian Community Center, we change lives by nourishing minds and bodies to create a connected, thriving community. CCCC, established in 1966, is located in the downtown development district of Chandler in the most poverty stricken zip code in the community, 85225.  CCCC provides emergency and supplemental food through the food bank, emergency eviction and utility assistance through the Chandler and Gilbert CAP offices, congregate and home delivered meals to Seniors in Chandler and Gilbert; along with the Family Resource Center providing additional support to families through programs in early literacy, parenting, benefits connection and much more, along with the coordination of services for the homeless.


About HandsOn Greater Phoenix: HandsOn Greater Phoenix currently hosts a 20-member AmeriCorps VISTA team, made possible by a grant from the Arizona State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service. VISTA members dedicate a year of their lives to building a better future for the people in the communities they serve. HandsOn Greater Phoenix is offering a unique opportunity to gain nonprofit and career experience while serving on the 2014-2015 AmeriCorps VISTA team.


Position Overview: Full time, 12-month position beginning in August 2014.


Position Description

The I-HELP Specialist provides coordination of the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program and will increase the capacity of the I-HELP program by recruiting community partners, expanding a policy/procedure manual and increasing service delivery from 3 nights per week to 7 nights per week.


Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Follow VISTA program goals
  • Participate in HandsOn leadership training
  • Work with community leaders to develop program plan for expansion.
  • Build community connections with local businesses, churches, politicians, non-profits, and more.
  • Direct service activities under this objective include providing intake for program participants prior to them being transported to the nightly facility.
  • Coordinate, inspire, and train volunteers to assist in the program. Volunteers include intake supervisors, drivers, host sites, food providers, and laundry partners.
  • Develop, in collaboration with I-HELP Case Manager, a work force development program plan.
  • Build community connections with local businesses, churches, politicians, non-profits, and more.



Desired Skills

  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to work well in diverse teams
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative
  • Strong desire to dedicate full year of service
  • Organizational skills
  • Program coordination skills


Minimum Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizens, nationals or lawful permanent residents and at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a minimum of a High School Diploma
  • Have a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and ongoing proof of car insurance
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (primarily Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

In addition to the minimum requirements for the program, this position requires the following: Able to pass background check.



  • Full-time (40 hours a week) without outside commitments.
  • One full year of service.
  • Willingness to work early morning or evening hours and some possible weekends.



  • Living allowance of $10,692 (distributed in equal installments every two weeks during term, this amount reflects stipend prior to taxes). VISTA members earn a small allowance that basically brings them to poverty level wages. One of the founding principals of VISTA is for members to live at the economic level of the communities that they are serving in order to be attuned to the challenges of poverty.
  • Choice of Education Award ($5,645) or End of Service Stipend ($1,500) upon successful completion of term
  • Health care coverage
  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment (for Federal loans)
  • Mileage reimbursement and relocation allowance
  • Personal and sick leave
  • Professional development, leadership training, nonprofit experience, team building and camaraderie
  • Of course, most VISTA members would say that the real benefit is the opportunity to make a difference in communities while gaining unique experiences and building professional skills that serve one for a lifetime!


Application Process

To apply:

Or, please contact Theresa Martinez, Director of Community Programs, at or 602.973.2212 ext. 242.


Position is expected to begin August 12, 2014.




Donations Payments Now Accepted Online:

Arizona Tax Credit

State taxpayers who contribute to CCCC can receive a dollar for dollar tax credit through the Working Poor Tax Credit. Couples filing jointly can receive up to $400 back and single taxpayers can receive up to $200. Make your donation by December 31st each year.

By The Numbers

Food Bank
In the last fiscal year (2012/2013), CCCC Food Bank distributed 16,863 food boxes. That was enough food to feed 55,235 individuals for at least 3 days!

Family Resource Center
-- $275.000 SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) dollars were utilized to supplement family’s nutrition.

-- 812 individuals were beneficiaries of SNAP and AHCCCS (Arizona Care Cost Containment System) dollars.

-- 8,612 hours of instruction and services was provided to 3-5 year olds through our Early Literacy and Family Programming.

-- In the last 6 months I-Help (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) has provided 606 bed nights to 79 unduplicated individuals.

Community Action Program
Last year, our Community Action Program provided supportive services, case management, referrals and financial assistance to over 9,500 community members, preventing 1,679 utility disconnects and 249 evictions.

Our VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, prepared 257 returns, recoving $300.402.00 in federal refunds and $83,334.00 in state refunds.

Senior Centers
The Chandler and Gilbert senior centers provided 29,984 meals at their respective locations and 31, 520 home delivered meals to homebound seniors. A total of 61,513 meals!

The center disbursed 54,244 tickets for transportation to and from the centers where 1,135 senior activities and classes were provided with a total 20,913 participants.

We assisted over 3,200 children in our 2013 Back to School Program with backpacks, school supplies and clothing through collaboration with the city of Chandler and other area organizations.

Over 2000 children participated in Operation Santa in 2012 and received toys, books, candy, and more.

Although we have awesome staff members who ensure operations are running smoothly and moving forward CCCC would not be able to serve those in need without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers. Last fiscal year 1,572 unique individuals volunteered at CCCC (including the Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers) giving a total of 32,598 volunteer hours. 808 came in the form of group members from area businesses, organizations, and faith based communities. Many thanks to all who help us fulfill our mission!