This was Meant to Be

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Dede Armstong says that her time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after college “changed the course of my life.”  She served for a year in Houston, TX and then worked on JVC’s staff for a year.  She went on for a Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University. Now she has joined the Ignatian Volunteer… Read more »

A Mother and Daughter Who Inspire Each Other to Service

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“My daughter Erin inspired me to get involved with what I’m doing now,” says Julie Bishop, an Ignatian Volunteer in San Diego.  “When she started with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after college, it was difficult for me to think of her living in the inner city environment.  I worried about her.  We had a lot… Read more »

Transformed by His Love: Jay’s Story

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Jay Burke is a first-year Ignatian Volunteer who serves as Associate Coordinator for the Ignatian Spirituality Project in Boston. Before joining IVC, Jay had a 30-year career in marketing for community banks and then began a second career in bereavement counseling for hospice patients after completing a program in Clinical Pastoral Education.  “My work with… Read more »

Transformed by His Love: Jan’s Story

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“Here I am in this middle-class, pretty affluent suburb.  My problems have been what my children and I call ‘first-world problems.’  IVC put me into a different place, in community with women who I wouldn’t have known otherwise.  It has transformed my life.  Even though they’ve had struggles that I haven’t had, we’re so much… Read more »

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

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Ignatian Volunteer Wanda Dean is in her fourth year serving with Catholic Charities in Richland County, Ohio. She spends most of her time there working in the food pantry—stocking shelves, initiating a food drive with 9 area high schools, and helping with food distribution. “The need is staggering. Our county, our economy, has never fully… Read more »

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

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Julia and Tony Albrecht met in 1950 as students at Oberlin College in Ohio.  They fell in love, and as Julia says, “although we were obviously too young to know what we were getting into, we made a life plan.” Julia packed her wedding dress and a going-away suit and sailed to France, where they were married… Read more »

Julia’s Story

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Ignatian Volunteer Julia Albrecht is in her fourteenth year writing resumes for the unemployed and underemployed.  She began at Jubilee Jobs, recognized as one of the best nonprofit organizations in DC, and has spent the last 7 years working with Catholic Charities’ Welcome Home Re-Entry Program at Montgomery County’s Pre-Release Center.  She supports men and… Read more »

Tony’s Story

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“The engagement with humanity is very powerful,” Tony Albrecht says.  “My service is a gift.” Tony Albrecht has taught at the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington for 10 years as an Ignatian Volunteer.  He teaches basic construction math and English as part of the pre-apprenticeship program for green building. … Read more »

Feeling Supported in Jail

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“I’m kind of a cheerleader for them when we’re in the jail,” Bob Barry says.  “In my presence and listening I hope I am making a difference in the cycle of crime and poverty, to provide a job.  A job is so important to the sense of self-worth and well-being to feel like a productive… Read more »

And the Gifts we Have, We are Given to Share

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Working behind the scenes, Kevin Tansey shares his gifts with IVC.  Kevin is an Ignatian Volunteer, a National Board Member, and a donor.  He is a former Peace Corps volunteer, a retired federal government employee, a husband, father, and life-long learner. Kevin’s attention to detail, financial background, thoughtfulness, and work ethic contribute to the effectiveness… Read more »