As a Poverty Institute Coordinator, you will be a key contributor toward EGM’s vision of building a network of community-based organizations such as churches, businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies that are galvanized to alleviate poverty in their own communities. If you are excited to equip and empower local communities to impact broken systems with hope in the purposes of God and the power of Christ’s Kingdom, keep reading to learn how.

First you should know this is an AmeriCorps Vista position. Meaning that you are an AmeriCorps Member who is serving at Everett Gospel Mission. AmeriCorps members and alumni are Americans who have decided to serve their country by using their skills to reduce poverty, respond to disasters, support education, Conserve the environment, build capacity of foodbanks and much more. If you don’t know what this means, we will explain more later.

CEO Sylvia Anderson Leading a Poverty 101 Class.

What will the Poverty Institute Coordinator do?

The Poverty Institute Coordinator position will bridge between our current practices in our community on poverty alleviation to establish a fully funded and staffed Poverty Institute. The institute, a future independent entity under the auspices of the Everett Gospel Mission, will bring about expanded and improved anti-poverty programs and services realized through public education and advocacy.

Key activities include coordinating the scheduling, set up, take down, and follow up services for in-person trainings, providing online training support, providing technological needs for a desired online training room training center, coordinating poverty alleviation network accelerator consulting and coordinating Poverty 101 and 201 Classes.

You will be working alongside our Leadership Team to further the development of additional training plans and curriculum and in the development of training resources – both print and online, This involves furthering the development of Poverty 101 for private and corporate employers, and developing graphics and social media presentations relevant for poverty awareness trainings/presentations.

What is the Everett Gospel Mission?

The Everett Gospel Mission (EGM) “engages with the community to alleviate poverty”. Since 1961, as a regional leader in mitigating poverty and homelessness for men, and women with children, we continue to provide quality emergency and transitional housing services, and rehabilitation programs. This includes meals, laundry, showers, food, and wrap around social and health services to those who seek our help. Our goal is to assist our clients in finding a path to social, relational, spiritual, and financial well-being.

But we have come to realize that our community also needs to learn how to walk alongside someone one experiencing poverty. Too often the help that was offered was hurting more than it was helping. Consequently EGM started our poverty training to address this issue.

What is Poverty 101?

Poverty 101 by the Everett Gospel Mission is a foundational series of interactive exercises and conversational learning.  Participants will be challenged by a growing self-awareness of how their life experience has fashioned both their understanding of poverty and those who are experiencing poverty.

By the end of the training participants will have:

  • Explored what the bible says about poverty, how God defines poverty, and how we as his church are to engage with those experiencing poverty.
  • Increased self-awareness of life history and how that impacts personal understanding of poverty.
  • Begun to understand cross-cultural differences of social and economic class.
  • Learned about communication and relationship differences and how some specific tools can help build healthy interactions between those experiencing poverty and those in the middle and upper class.
  • Considered how economic, political, and social systems create barriers to change.

What is the history of Poverty 101?

Poverty 101 was designed by EGM leadership to better equip our community in the journey with those experiencing poverty. From the first class of fourteen students in September 2016 to a total of 3,031 alumni by April 2, 2022, the Everett Gospel Mission has held 91 Poverty 101 Classes. Classes are typically reserved 10-12 months in advance.  

In addition to our longform workshops, EGM also offers shorter classes in partnership with higher education to students entering the medical field. Through these trainings, thousands of medical professionals in our area are better equipped to serve someone experiencing poverty. These classes are almost exclusively taught online.

John Hull (Director of Strategic Initiatives) answering a question at a Poverty 101 course.

What is AmeriCorps?

Since 1965, over 220,000 AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program have joined the fight against poverty by helping local organizations expand their capacity to make change. The VISTA program serves in each of the 50 U.S. states and in all U.S. territories.

Through capacity building activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program serve in an office setting and gain experience and leadership skills. This opportunity prepares members for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.

Apply and join thousands of AmeriCorps members in the AmeriCorps VISTA program who are united in our mission to lift people and communities out of poverty. 

This Is possible through HopeWorks VISTA to find out more click the link below.

HopeWorks VISTA Program | Home | Everett (

How do I apply?

You can apply in two easy steps:

  1. Create an AmeriCorps Account.
  2. Apply for this position here

If you have any questions about the position, please contact either John Hull ( or Cathryn Cole (

Details about the position.

-925$ paid biweekly,

-400$ monthly housing allowance

-6000$ Segal education(link) award available after the end of service.

-Health insurance through the Health Benefit Plan if not eligible for in state healthcare.

Program Start/End Date
06/06/2022  –   06/05/2023