COHPA Home
  • Blog
  • 2015
  • Center's VISTAs Assist Local Programs Serving the Homeless
ShareThis
Text Size:
Print This Page

Center's VISTAs Assist at iDignity, Other Programs Serving the Homeless

Click image to enlarge View SlideShow

AmeriCorps VISTAs hosted by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management continue to assist local organizations serving individuals who are homeless.

CPNM VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) routinely have assignments at school districts or community organizations that serve homeless students and families, said Tim Pehlke, the center's assistant director for special projects. They help build the district and organizations' capacity to serve through volunteer management, resource development, program evaluation and project management.

The VISTAs also assist at communitywide events. For example, several assisted at an iDignity event on June 18 at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission in downtown Orlando. iDignity is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals obtain Florida ID cards and licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards, replacement immigration records and other documents. The organization may serve up to 250 individuals at a single event.

CPNM VISTA LogoAmong those assisting was Stacy Raymonville (B.A. in public administration, '15) (wearing AmeriCorps VISTA pin in photo), who joined the CPNM VISTA program this spring. Her assignment is with Orange County Public Schools.

Also assiting was CPMN VISTA Samantha McDonald ('14), who interviewed iDignity clients for an outcomes study being conducted by the center. She is assigned to work as a homeless student liaison at iDignity.

Currently, the CPNM VISTA program has 15 VISTAs at five sites across a three-county region, according to Pehlke. They're working at Brevard Public Schools in Brevard County; Orange County Public Schools, iDignity and UCF in Orange County; and Northland, A Church Distributed in Seminole County.

Six of the 15 CPNM VISTAs are UCF alumni. And three of the six alumni are graduates of the College of Health and Public Affairs: Raymonville, Ray Noah (Master of Nonprofit Management, '12) and Shardy Camargo (B.S. in public administration, '13). The balance of CPNM VISTAs are graduates of other universities in Florida and out of state.

"This past year, CPNM VISTAs raised over $67,000 in cash and in-kind donations, recruited 158 community volunteers, and provided services that reached a total of 4,250 youth," Pehlke said.

To learn more about the CPNM VISTA program, contact tim.pehlke@ucf.edu.

Share and Enjoy:

Mentioned : Tim Pehlke
Categories :

Archive

The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13) 
Give a Gift - The College of Healh & Public Affairs