Meet Our Member – Mike Brown
Housing Resource Specialist at Committee on Temporary Shelter/Housing Resource Center
Mike is from Dunstable, MA and came up to Vermont as a student at Saint Michael’s College. He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Biology. After a year doing customer service work, he decided to get involved with direct service. Mike enjoys the skiing, hiking, music, going to concerts and eating good food.
What is a typical day like in your position with AmeriCorps?
As a Housing Resource Specialist, I usually meet with clients to do intakes with them for the Housing Resource Center at COTS. We help prevent homelessness by providing people with security deposits and back rent assistance. After the intakes, I complete the applications and present the cases at weekly meetings.
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
I’ve had many friends that have done AmeriCorps in the past year and had great experiences. I figured VHCB would be a nice program for me since it combines conservation and housing which I think is an innovative and smart way to look at solving problems.
What has surprised you most about serving with AmeriCorps?
I was surprised at how quickly all the AmeriCorps members were able to connect and form bonds. I’ve already made some good friends through the program and it has been great meeting so many people that share the same passions and concerns as me.
What is the highlight of serving at your site?
The highlight of serving at COTS for me is when I’m able to call clients with the good news that they have been approved for assistance. Everyone is always so excited and appreciative and it’s such a good feeling knowing that I was the one who helped make this happen.
What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?
It’s a great way to learn new things and get experience in the field that you want to go into. You’ll make great connections and have lots of training that are helpful for your position as well as for your career no matter what you end up doing afterwards.