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Keep Austin Housed 2015-2016

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Transcript of Keep Austin Housed 2015-2016

About AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service initiative in which people of all ages commit to a year of service to their country in one of four areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, and environmental stewardship.
Member Benefits
In return for their service, member benefits include:
A monthly living allowance (less than minimum wage)
A $5,775 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award that can be used towards college tuition or student loans upon completion of service
Free public transportation
Health insurance
Child care
The AmeriCorps Experience
Keep Austin Housed
A Project of Front Steps
What is Keep Austin Housed?
A project of Front Steps, Keep Austin Housed partners with 10 other social service organizations that serve the homeless population in Austin.
Congratulations! You've made it to the next step in your application to become a Keep Austin Housed AmeriCorps Member!
We hope you enjoy this brief presentation about the Keep Austin Housed AmeriCorps program.
The Keep Austin Housed Mission
To affect positive change in the lives of children, youth, and adults who are at-risk of experiencing, currently experiencing, or have formerly experienced homelessness.
The Keep Austin Housed project promotes personal stability by providing AmeriCorps members and community volunteers meaningful service activities to assist those accessing services to achieve their highest potential.
The Keep Austin Housed Vision
To bring together persons of all ages and backgrounds to address the issues of homelessness and contribute to a community that is healthy, educated, safe, and self-sustaining.
Community Partnerships
Keep Austin Housed members are currently matched with one of the following local non-profit organizations:
Caritas of Austin
Casa Marianella / Posada Esperanza
Family Eldercare
Foundation Communities
Foundation for the Homeless
Front Steps
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
LifeWorks, Inc.
SafePlace
Trinity Center

What Makes Us Unique?
Keep Austin Housed is one of the only AmeriCorps programs focused primarily on serving people who are homeless.
Our members serve within a network of 10 leading Austin social service organizations.
Members receive intensive, hands-on training to gain valuable skills in case management.
Members take on leadership roles and engage volunteers at their service sites.
Many KAH members go on to work in the field or attend graduate school.
More than a job!
Members:
Supportive environment from on-site supervisors, peers, and KAH staff to learn case management skills.
Participate in service projects
Attend team building events and activities
Each member is required to serve on a KAH committee to plan events, support one another, and aid in recruitment and outreach efforts
Members attend monthly trainings and peer support meetings.
Learn Case Management Skills in a supportive environment!
Members will aid with existing case management services to address specific difficulties the client is having regarding his or her housing and personal stability goals.
AmeriCorps members each have a site supervisor who will guide the member in gaining and improving case management skills in various capacities.
Member Service Projects
Keep Austin Housed members participate in various service projects, including:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
National Day of Service
Annual Austin Homeless Resource Fair
Annual ECHO Point-in-Time Count
Team Building
Members can gain extra service hours through organizing and attending KAH social events.
Leadership Roles
Keep Austin Housed Members have several opportunities to develop their leadership skills by:
Serving on at least one Keep Austin Housed committee.
Educating the community on homelessness.
Recruiting future AmeriCorps members at local colleges and universities.
Professional Development
Keep Austin Housed hosts a two-week pre-service orientation to members at the start of their service, to include:
Fun team building activities
Trainings on member requirements and expectations
Leading experts in the field conduct trainings surrounding issues of homelessness, case management skills, and local resources
Members also attend monthly trainings to build their skills and learn about valuable community resources.
Hear it straight from the members!
To reflect on their service, Keep Austin Housed members meet in smaller groups each month for their peer meetings.
Members participate in quarterly team building events.
Keep Austin Housed hosts a spring retreat.
Many KAH members have formed lifelong friendships.
Being new to Austin, I am so grateful for our Keep Austin Housed AmeriCorps group size because it has allowed me to meet interesting and like-minded people. We all come from different backgrounds and cities but we are all here to serve the homeless population and that is really inspiring.
- Michelle S.
I expected to learn about homelessness and its surrounding issues. I feel strongly that this has been accomplished.
-Joanna W.
My expectations were to be challenged and to help people well. My expectations have been exceeded in every way.
-Rachel S.
I've really appreciated feeling like a part of a group of people who are all learning and experiencing the same thing together.
- Amelia P.
This is a genuinely amazing placement.
-Preston P.
It has been great and valuable and I will look back on this fondly.
-Nhu-Mai N.
[My site supervisor] is always available to me. She is very approachable and always provides me with what I need to be successful at work.
-Stephanie M.


Questions or comments?
Contact the KAH office via phone: (512) 694-4546, or e-mail: keepaustinhoused@frontsteps.org
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