Offering Hope and a Fresh Start through Legal Aid

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“The joy that comes from meeting with clients is to see the courage that they have in difficult circumstances.  It’s never too late to start in a new direction,” shares Deborah Rhodes, an Ignatian Volunteer in San Diego working with the Homeless Advocacy Program (HAP) of Interfaith Community Services. The Homeless Advocacy Pr ogram is… Read more »

IVC and Cristo Rey Network Schools

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IVC partners with Cristo Rey Network Schools in 6 regions – New York Metro, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and New England, matching Ignatian Volunteers’ talents with the schools’ tagline, “the school that works”. Cristo Rey Network schools provide a high quality college preparatory education to young people who live in low income urban communities… Read more »

Serving Mothers and Infants at Our Lady’s Inn in St. Louis

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by Gerry Hempstead, Ignatian Volunteer, St. Louis, MO In May, I retired from my law firm and was looking for opportunities to be of service. I was aware of the Ignatian Volunteer Program through my retreats at the White House Retreat run by the Jesuits and also from occasional announcements about it in the St… Read more »

Thank You

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This reflection/letter comes from Sam Schloemer as he retired from his position as IVC Regional Director in Cincinnati I’m sending you a “Thank You” in this format to enable you to read what I have to say. There are so many people I want to thank, hand writing about hundred legible notes would have been… Read more »

Standing Shoulder-to-Shoulder with the Mission of Habitat for Humanity

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At a time of high unemployment, rising costs of housing, food, and other necessities, more and more families across the United States struggle to find and maintain adequate, safe, and affordable housing.  Families live on the brink of personal housing crises and risk homelessness [i] .  Dreams of homeownership as an exit to this cycle are… Read more »

With Us Always

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Ignatian Volunteer Emilie Gillanders works with adults suffering from moderate to severe dementia at the Lincolnia Adult Day Health Care Center. The Center provides respite care during the day while caregivers are at work or just enjoying a “day off”. Care is provided on a sliding scale by Fairfax County, VA. As a Staff Volunteer,… Read more »

Service to our Country

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Upon retiring from a 26 year career as a Navy dentist, Richard “Dick” Riemann wanted to give back to the military through IVC. “I would see patients at the Naval Hospital when I went there for my own care, and knew I wanted to work with veterans in my retirement. I am so grateful for… Read more »

New Paths toward More Fulfilling Lives

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IVC Volunteer John “J” Langdon works as Program Coordinator for the Life Skills Training and Empowerment Program (L-STEP) in New York, which empowers individuals who have experienced homelessness to identify and pursue new paths toward more fulfilling lives.  The program’s core participant is someone who is homeless who is ready to set goals to move… Read more »