Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

What are they saying about Invisible Words?

by | Jun 5, 2022

Kerry Kennedy

Honorary Chair

What are they saying about Invisible Words?

Seeing with new eyes is what service corps members do. IVC presents the incomparable experience of Invisible Words as an exercise to open more hearts to empathy, and to inspire the service and advocacy that brings real and lasting hope,

Mary McGinnity

President and CEO, Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Cardinal Wilton Gregory views an exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library called “Invisible Words” that features signs made and held by homeless people. The cardinal viewed the exhibit after celebrating a March 14 Mass at St. Patrick’s Church for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

So touching, emotional to me… I don’t think I’ll ever forget it!

Ginny Novak

Washington DC/Metro Maryland Service Corps Member, Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Invisible Words will be on display at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library from March 13 – June 30, 2022. 

Homelessness is a heart-wrenching and complicated problem. I don’t pretend to have the answers, and this exhibit is not intended to tell viewers what to do. Art has the power to make you think; this exhibit was put together to do that, to see things you didn’t see before, or see them through a different lens.

Wendy Abrams

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Eleven Eleven Foundation

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Exhibit Underwriters

  • Tom and Nancy Woodley

Presenting Sponsors

  • Eleven Eleven Foundation
  • V&S Foundation

Exhibition Sponsors

  • Finsbury Glover Hering
  • John and Mary Podesta
  • Jeanne Ruesch

Event Sponsors

  • C. Maury Devine
  • Matt and Rosemary Lawlor
  • Ceca Foundation
  • Patrick and Vicki Malone
  • Tony Podesta
  • Mark and Mary Ruge


  • Michael Berman and Debbie Cowan
  • Mary Beth Cahill and Steve Champlin
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington DC
  • Carnot Evans III
  • Georgetown University
  • David Kanstoroom
  • Dennis and Pam Lucey
  • Gabe Podesta
  • Jack and Anna Rasmussen
  • Megan and Gordon Rouse
  • James A. Tracy
  • Michael Werz and Helga Flores

Nonprofit Partners

  • Diane Ambler
  • Catherine Chieco
  • Crittenton Services of Greater Washington
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church
  • House of Ruth Shelters
  • Loyola Blakefield
  • Tamera Luzzatto
  • Sitar Arts Center
  • Melanne and Phil Verveer
  • Washington Jesuit Academy
  • Washington School for Girls

IVC Goals for Invisible Words

  • Open eyes and hearts in empathy to those among us experiencing homelessness
  • Show how art has the power to make you think
  • Be a convener of the national policy, art, Catholic, interfaith, and social service communities in reflecting on and addressing homelessness
  • Provide programming for students
  • Underscore Pope Francis’ call in Let Us Dream to see the societal needs COVID-19 has revealed and respond in service to the poor and marginalized
  • Showcase the new MLK Library to new audiences