News Flash: HandsOn Tech Lifts Up Transition House

"We don't just treat veteran homelessness. We end it."


Bob DeBusk, executive director of Transition House in Atlanta, has high goals for his organization, which helps homeless veterans struggling with substance abuse transition into a sober, self-sustaining lifestyle. The organization provides housing to more than 70 formerly homeless men in various stages of life recovery and six case managers work intensely with these veterans in rebuilding their lives. Transition House recently partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide housing, nutrition, transportation and case management services, and has seen tremendous growth.


HandsOn TechDespite being one of the largest veteran programs in the Southeast, few people know about Transition House. The organization lacked a strong brand identity, and its website didn't provide enough functionality or effectively share its success stories. This posed difficulty in fundraising and recognition.


That's where HandsOn Tech came in. A partnership between Points of Light and Google, HandsOn Tech leverages AmeriCorps VISTA members to develop the nonprofit sector's effective use of technology in order to increase community resources and improve outcomes for low-income communities and families.


Skilled volunteers recruited by HandsOn Tech Atlanta met with DeBusk to discuss his needs. The team assessed and prioritized several challenges the organization faced and developed skill-based volunteering projects to address them.


The HandsOn Tech Atlanta team is building a richer, more engaging website for Transition House that includes new online tools, social media integrations to inform and engage its community of supporters and new options for donations.


With a website that accurately reflects all the positive work of the organization, Transition House will be able to reach more volunteers and potential donors. Most importantly, its partnership with HandsOn Tech will ultimately help the organization more effectively meet its goal - to help homeless veterans beat their addictions and change their lives.


"What a wonderful story you have woven in the bringing together of all these volunteers with various skills to help veterans recover their lives," said DeBusk. "Thank you so much for your help and vision."


HandsOn Tech has mobilized 20 AmeriCorps VISTA members across seven communities to develop the technology capacity of the nonprofit sector. Leveraging skills-based volunteers, HandsOn Tech has provided technology training to more than 1,300 different nonprofits and 1,900 individuals on tools ranging from social media to cloud computing. At the deepest level of engagement, select nonprofits that serve the low-income community receive in-depth technology assessments. As a result of the assessment, the nonprofits receive technology plans and implementation of new technology tools for more effective and efficient service delivery.