IVC Partner Grateful for Their ‘Right-Hand Man’

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Ignatian Volunteer Bill Stieglitz “mans” the front desk and teaches Life Skills classes to clients of OAR of Fairfax, an organization in Northern Virginia whose mission is “to rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime with opportunities, alternatives, and resources for offenders and their families to create a safer community”. OAR clients are men and… Read more »

Making Good Teaching Great Teaching

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Phil Rivera brings a full career in education – as a Teacher, Department Head, Supervisor, and Assistant Principal in Baltimore County Schools – to his Volunteer position at the Esperanza Center. “Phil serves a tremendous need here,” says Diana Siemer, English Language Program Coordinator.  “I really need the help, since I’m the only full-time paid… Read more »

Following Pope Francis

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This article was written by Rich Massaro, Regional Director of IVC Philadelphia/South Jersey. Pope Francis is here sharing his joyful, genuine, infectious affection.  When he returns to Rome, the people among us that he speaks most often about, people who are poor, will still be here and still need our help. The Holy Father asks… Read more »

Encounters through Philanthropy

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IVC is blessed to have several individuals and foundations who have given tremendous support to the growth of our work.  The Raskob Foundation is a benefactor that has enabled IVC to grow significantly by our being the recipient of a high impact three-year grant.  This award enabled us to rebuild a struggling organization and to… Read more »

Papal Visit Inspires Media’s Interest in IVC

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In conjunction with Pope Francis’ visit to the US, IVC invited several media outlets to see for themselves how the words of Pope Francis are being put into action. In the coming weeks, we’ll be inviting more media outlets to take a closer look at the programs that have been inspired by our faith, Ignatian… Read more »

Recycling Pixels and Bytes

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For a variety of reasons, we are all hearing more these days about our need to be better stewards of the earth’s resources. Even for tangible resources like water, minerals and fossil fuels, the idea that we all can and should do more to ensure that these resources are available for all of our brothers… Read more »

Feature Story – This was Meant to Be

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Dede Armstong says that her time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after college “changed the course of my life.”  She served for a year in Houston, TX and then worked on JVC’s staff for a year.  She went on for a Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University. Now she has joined the Ignatian Volunteer… Read more »

Father and Son

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“Part of our call to follow Christ is to look around and see what else we can do.  Pope Francis calls us to do more, to serve the materially poor,” says Jim Shea, SJ, a Jesuit in formation of the Chicago-Detroit Province. Jim and his father Dick Shea, an Ignatian Volunteer, live as men for… Read more »

Discerning Her Role in the Vineyard

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Judy Coswell believes the call to join the Ignatian Volunteer Corps was “put in front of her.” In 2014, as she was considering retirement after a long career in horticulture, an announcement in the local church bulletin caught her attention: an invitation to attend an information session on the IVC program in Chicago, Illinois.  She… Read more »

Transformed by His Love

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“Spiritual retreats ending homelessness” is the tagline of the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP), an IVC partner agency. Ignatian Volunteers serve as Retreat Coordinators in three of ISP’s 24 cities: Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland.ISP’s successful retreat model cares for the interior and spiritual lives of those living with homelessness and suffering from addiction.  Through a blend… Read more »