Prodigal Sons and Their Safe Haven

by Robin Cuddy The most recent Department of Housing and Urban Development report on homelessness, published in 2015, estimated that aIgnatian Volunteer Jack O'Doherty with staff colleagues at St. Patrick's Adult Literacy Programbout 564,000 homeless people in the United States live in shelters or on the streets.  For Jack O’Doherty, an Ignatian volunteer for over twelve years, the homeless men he served at the Outreach Program at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia were not just statistics.  They were struggling veterans, unemployed laborers and other displaced workers read more   Ignatian Volunteer Jack O'Doherty with colleagues at St. Patrick's Adult Literacy Program      

Ignatian Volunteer Corps

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps® (IVC) provides men and women, most age 50 or better, opportunities to serve others and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of experienced Volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time.

IVC works in partnership with hundreds of community partner organizations. These nonprofit organizations provide Ignatian Volunteers with substantive work to serve individuals who have slipped through this country’s safety net. And hundreds of community organizations are on waiting lists to get an Ignatian Volunteer.

Volunteers are strengthened in their Christian faith by IVC’s unique spiritual reflection program, which is rooted in the Jesuit tradition of Ignatian spirituality.  By contributing their leadership skills and life experience into service, IVC volunteers improve their communities and create a more just society.

EWTN Nightly News Segment from September 2015 highlights the impact of Don and Pat Kisicki through the Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Pope Francis' Inspiration

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“Lord, help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits”.
-Pope Francis, via Twitter, April 2015

What’s New?

IVC Moves Headquarters to New (Nearby) Location In what may be one of the shorter office moves you’ve heard of, IVC has moved its headquarters about 100 yards to the East and up two floors. For years, our home has been in the St. Paul Street building that we shared with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, on... Read more»

Here's what others have to say about IVC.

IVC is one of the truly great blessings of my life. I can volunteer anywhere, but when I volunteer through IVC, I not only get an opportunity to serve the poor, but an adventure in pursuing the enrichment of my spiritual life.” –Rich Pozdol, Chicago
 
“What makes IVC special – they come with a wealth of experience, with professional backgrounds, with a maturity, and above all with a passion to be in service for the marginalized and those in need of help.”  - Gizachew Emiru, Executive Director of TASSC International, Washington DC  

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