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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

Fiscal Year 2013/2014 CCCC Stats

Food Bank
CCCC's Food Bank distributed 18,657 food boxes. That was enough food to feed 65,231 individuals for at least 3 days (11,817 unique individuals).  We received 983,580 pounds of donated food from various partners.
Family Resource Center
10,637 hours of instruction and services were provided to children and adults through our Family Resource Center Programming.
1,619 individuals were beneficiaries of SNAP and AHCCCS dollars.
I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) provided 1,683 bed nights to 182 unduplicated individuals. 
Community Action Program
Our Community Action Program provided supportive services, case management, referrals and financial assistance to over 13,031 community members, preventing 2,361 utility disconnects and 380 evictions totaling $1,268,822. 
Our VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, prepared 198 returns, recovering $244,468 in federal refunds and $40,600 in state refunds. 
Senior Centers
The Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers provided 33,626 meals at their respective locations and 35,228 home delivered meals to homebound seniors. A total of 68,854 meals were provided to 1,182 individuals!
The center disbursed 71,737 tickets for transportation to and from the centers where 1,083 senior activities and classes were provided with a total 20,905 participants. 
Through collaboration with the City of Chandler and other area organizations, we assisted over 3,200 children with backpacks, school supplies and clothing for Back to School in 2013.
Over 1,400 children participated in Operation Santa in 2013 and received toys, books, candy, and more. 
CCCC would not be able to serve those in need without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers. Last fiscal year 1,441 unique individuals volunteered at CCCC (including the Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers) giving a total of 33,977 volunteer hours. There were 1,039 individuals who participated in group projects from area businesses, organizations, and faith based communities. Many thanks to all who help us fulfill our mission!