Denver Cafe Upends Soup Kitchen Stereotype

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At Denver’s SAME Café, no day is ever the same. The menu changes almost daily, depending on what’s come in fresh from local organic growers. Prices aren’t set on the menu, either. As for the clientele — it’s typical to see a business-suited customer lunching next to another patron who carries his worldly possessions in… Read more »

Volunteer’s Unplanned Retirement Leads to Life of Gratitude

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Bob Greenwell is a planner. He worked hard at his accounting job for 40 years, planned how he and his wife would raise their family of six children, and mapped out his retirement. What he didn’t plan was what he’d do after he retired. “I thought I’d get up late, watch some TV, read the paper, have… Read more »

An Author’s Unfinished Story

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At 80, Barbara Lee has had her first book published and is embarking on a new career in spiritual direction. She rightly declares that neither she nor God is finished with her life yet.

Giving Back and Changing Lives for 20 Years

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Lou Naglak, an Ignatian Volunteer in Philadelphia, has served prisoners at the Bucks County Prison for over 20 years.  “I couldn’t have predicted this would be the next phase of my life,” he says. “I grew up in a coal town above Scranton, Pennsylvania.  In the 1930s and 1940s, I thought maybe I’d be a… Read more »

A Tradition of Ignatian Service and Spirituality: IVC and JVC

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by Catherine Albornoz As we embark on a new year of service in September, we recognize all those in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and our partners in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, with our shared mission of service and spirituality, at different stages of life.  This story, of a mother who was inspired to service by… Read more »

Wrapped in Light

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by Robin Cuddy “maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us—”              —Mary Oliver In “White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field,” poet Mary Oliver describes death in precise images drawn from nature—not as an end but as part of the never ending cycle of life.  That cycle… Read more »

Prodigal Sons and Their Safe Haven

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by Robin Cuddy The most recent Department of Housing and Urban Development report on homelessness, published in 2015, estimated that about 564,000 homeless people in the United States live in shelters or on the streets.  For Jack O’Doherty, an Ignatian volunteer for over twelve years, the homeless men he served at the Outreach Program at… Read more »

Led Back to the Fold

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by Robin Cuddy Hundreds of students at the Genesis Center in Providence, Rhode Island have touched Sandy Yates’s heart. Before becoming an Ignatian volunteer, Sandy had a twenty-eight year career in nursing and cared for sick children in the Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department and the clinic at Rhode Island Hospital. Now a three… Read more »