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Catholic Charities of TN

Family Empowerment VISTA

Catholic Charities of TN


Job Summary

The Family Empowerment Program supports families in stabilizing their housing or obtaining housing if they are literally homeless. Once supporting the family from crisis to stability we continue working with them to ensure ongoing stability. We provide ongoing case management support and linkage to wrap-around support in the areas of mental health counseling, employment navigation, education support, and childcare navigation. The program serves families in Davidson County that lacks stable housing and has at least one child (age 0–18). The case manager’s work is family centered, focused on stabilizing housing first, then supporting clients in achieving their goals to support long-term stability and bring them to a place of thriving. This VISTA position is a part of Catholic Charities USA’s Family Strengthening Program, a national intermediary project. As a member, you will meet virtually with VISTA Leaders and other VISTAs serving throughout the country, all focused on alleviating poverty.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop relationships within partner organizations to develop a database of landlords and employers who would be interested in housing and/or hiring families we serve.
  • Develop a presentation for local housing developers, landlords, and employers about the plight of families experiencing homelessness.
  • Create and evaluate a streamlined referral system for incoming referrals to the Family Empowerment Program.
  • Design presentations including short pitches and 1-hour sessions that can be used to market the Family Empowerment Program and be catered to a variety of interested community groups.
  • Work with city-wide efforts around prevention and diversion to involve key partners to develop training around diversion and mediation for service providers.
  • Create and update training materials for Family Empowerment Program volunteers and staff to reflect the latest research.
  • Search for additional grant funding opportunities and organize two supply drives for the most needed items for families experiencing homelessness


  • VISTA service is a full-time, one-year commitment.
  • VISTA members must be at least 18 years old
  • United States citizens, nationals, or legal residents.
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Political advocacy, organizing, or demonstration while on VISTA duty, or while perceived to be on duty, is prohibited.
  • While public transportation is available, a car is recommended.


  • Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally diverse families and communities with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Outcome Motivated: Creates and maintains high-performance standards that capitalize on opportunities to build support by developing relationships that drive results.
  • Effective Communication: Ability to effectively communicate through oral, written, and technological means; actively listening and expressing oneself clearly, to ensure those that need specific information acquire it; plan and deliver communication that makes an impact and persuades the audience.
  • Initiative and Self-motivation: Plans work and carry out tasks without detailed instructions; makes constructive suggestions; prepares for problems or opportunities in advance; undertakes additional responsibilities; responds to situations as they arise with minimal supervision.
  • Stress Tolerance: Displays emotional resilience and the ability to withstand pressure on an on-going basis; Deals with difficult situations while maintaining performance; Seeks support from others when necessary and uses appropriate coping techniques.
  • Team Work: Works collaboratively with others to achieve goals and objectives; continually tries to improve team effectiveness; Holds self and others accountable for team performance; motivates and encourages all members to work together in order to achieve maximum results; Supports group decisions and puts group goals ahead of own goals; Effectively interacts with others.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, scientific research, databases, and other systems in order to keep records, communicate within and outside of the Agency, and organize pertinent data and program materials.

Additional Information


  • Health coverage
  • Relocation allowance (if moving 50+ miles from your home)
  • Childcare subsidy
  • Grocery assistance
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Registration for the National Mentoring Summit
  • Bi-weekly living allowance

At the completion of VISTA service, members can choose between a Segal Education Award (approximately $6,495) or cash stipend (approximately $1,800), will receive one year of non-competitive eligibility for federal positions, and will receive lifetime eligibility for graduate-level scholarships and fellowships at schools across the country.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should send a resume and a cover letter detailing interest to

Catholic Charities of Tennessee is an equal-opportunity employer. Catholic Charities does not discriminate in regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


  • Date Posted: August 17, 2023
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs./wk.