Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

IVC Webinar – Reading the Signs of the Times

by | May 18, 2022

Kerry Kennedy

Honorary Chair

Food, water, clothing, sleep, and shelter are bare necessities for anyone’s survival.  For many people, these basic needs cannot be met without appealing to the charity of others.  Look beyond the cardboard signs you see on the streets and join us as we go deeper in understanding the heartbreaking causes of homelessness and the obstacles that prevent people from moving beyond it.

Moderator: Michael Ferrell, Executive Director, Coalition for the Homeless


Invisible Words is an exercise in empathy with a public art exhibition featuring a curated collection of signs made by people experiencing homelessness worldwide. The exhibit, events, and thought-provoking programs to inspire service and action will premier at Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington DC in March 2022.

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

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Exhibit Underwriters

  • Tom and Nancy Woodley

Presenting Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • 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