Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

​Distinguished Host Committee

Josephine Fink
Barbara Lee
Edward Meyers
Rev. Steve Katsouros, SJ
Rev. James Martin, SJ
Nicholas Napolitano
Rev. Damian O’Connell, SJ
Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ
Sr. Maryanne Tracey, SC
Rev. Dennis Yesalonia, SJ

 

An Evening of Celebration

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Honoring the Recipients of the 2024 IVC Madonna della Strada Award:

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
Executive Director,
Linda Flores-Tober

Ignatian Social Justice Committee of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
Chair, Laura de Boisblanc

In recognition of outstanding service
to the community

The Madonna della Strada Award is named after the first church that Ignatius and the early Jesuits obtained to serve the urban poor in the heart of Rome, the Sancta Maria della Strada. Today, the Madonna della Strada Award is presented to a person or organization which reflects the Ignatian values of giving direct service to those who are poor in service of creating a more just society.

Ignatian Social Justice Committee of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
Chair, Laura de Boisblanc

After a career in technology, Laura joined both the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and Ignatian Social Justice. When Laura became the ISJ Chair, the ministry began to focus on migration. The work includes organizing immersion trips to the southern border, prayer services, panel discussions on migration and help at immigration legal clinics and organizations that provide humanitarian aid.

In April 2023, ISJ became involved on a more personal level. ISJ joined the Jesuit Relief Services Migrant Accompaniment Program that welcomes migrants into their new communities. ISJ welcomed and befriended six families with children, aiming to be a comforting and stable presence in their lives. ISJ welcomes these newest New Yorkers with a shared meal, helps them access services from both the city and the church, goes with them to find seasonal clothing, and walks with them in their legal process. In January ISJ and Regis High School started Homework Helper / English Conversation sessions for our families.

Laura and her husband John are blessed with two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
Executive Director, Linda Flores-Tober

For 34 years  Linda has vigorously advocated and created programs for the unhoused and housing insecure of Union County NJ.  She believes that a home is as essential to the human person for life as water and air.   

Linda started out working with the elderly as a nursing home administrator.  When she got married, she changed careers to work in the field of housing.  She has remained there ever since starting an emergency winter shelter and the first functioning Code Blue program in NJ , expanding the transitional housing program, and expanding the Coalition’s mission to address the lack of affordable housing by establishing the Permanent Housing Initiative that is now a key strategic initiative for the agency.  Throughout her career, Linda has spoken up and given a voice to the voiceless, advocating for more affordable housing and services for the homeless. She also doubles as a wife and mother for her husband, Carlos and her two children Nicholas and Jane. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

To support this event and our work of service in the New York Metro Area we are seeking generous sponsors. Click the button below to learn more.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To support this event and our works of service, we are seeking generous sponsors:

$5,000 Madonna della Strada Circle

$3,000 Holy Family Circle

$2,000 Ignatius Circle

$1,000 Francis Xavier Circle

$500 St. Francis Xavier Circle

$250 Women & Men for Others Circle

    Benefits of sponsorship . . .
    $5,000 Madonna Della Strada Circle
    Recognition in event promotional communications
    Recognition on IVC NY Metro Regional website
    Recognition during the event
    Invitations for ten guests to attend the event

    $3,000 Holy Family Circle
    Recognition in event promotional communications
    Recognition on IVC NY Metro Regional website
    Recognition during the event
    Invitations for six guests to attend the event

    $2,000 Ignatius Circle
    Recognition in event promotional communications
    Recognition on IVC NY
    Metro Regional website
    Recognition during the event
    Invitations for six guests to attend the event

    $1,000 Francis Xavier Circle
    Recognition in event promotional communications
    Recognition on IVC NY Metro Regional website
    Recognition during the event
    Invitations for four guests to attend the event

    $ 500 Alberto Hurtado Circle
    Recognition on IVC NY Metro Regional website
    Recognition during the event
    Invitations for two guests to attend the event

    $ 250 Men and Women for Others Circle
    Recognition on IVC NY Metro Regional website
    Recognition during the event