New Paths toward More Fulfilling Lives

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IVC Volunteer John “J” Langdon works as Program Coordinator for the Life Skills Training and Empowerment Program (L-STEP) in New York, which empowers individuals who have experienced homelessness to identify and pursue new paths toward more fulfilling lives.  The program’s core participant is someone who is homeless who is ready to set goals to move… Read more »

Coming Home by Cristina Nelson, IVC New England

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Since September, I have been volunteering at Hearth, Inc., a 21-year-old non-profit agency headquartered in Boston’s South End. Hearth’s mission is to end elder homelessness. It works towards this goal by operating affordable supportive housing units. This means that nurses, social workers, home-health aides, and other professionals are involved in the day-to-day lives of Hearth… Read more »

Spotlight on Joan Lee, IVC Cincinnati

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“My life has changed for the better with my positive experiences in volunteering with IVC. I wish I had joined earlier!” states Joan Lee, who became an IVC Cincinnati volunteer in 2011. Joan rearranged her other responsibilities, including switching days babysitting her grandchildren, to live out IVC’s mission of service and spiritual reflection.  “I’ve certainly… Read more »

Ministry at Casa Cornelia Law Center

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(by Bonnie Sanchez) Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego offers pro bono legal services to immigrants through three programs serving:  Victims of Domestic Violence; Asylum Seekers; and, Unaccompanied Children.  As an IVC Volunteer I assisted the lawyer coordinating effort to represent children who enter the U.S. without documents and unaccompanied by an adult family… Read more »

Service and Compassion

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Anita Healy O’Neill of IVC Baltimore works three days a week at the Franciscan Center and is one of the first faces to greet clients entering this multiservice agency.  Christian Metzger, Acting Executive Director, says, “Anita is a pleasure to be around.  She shares our mission to treat people with dignity and to give people… Read more »

A Commute Towards Happiness

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As a semi-retired Ignatian Volunteer Corps member, I think to myself, “Why do I feel so much happier than my fellow commuters?” Sister Nancy greets me with “Are you up for teaching a class this morning?” or “I’ve got a new one for you to register. Let me know whether you think we should take her.” I never know what awaits me, but that is part of the appeal. Refugees and immigrants also never know what awaits them. I am one of them!

IVC AT JOSEPH’S HOUSE

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The highest award Michelin gives a restaurant is Three Stars; IVC’s DC/Metro Maryland Region has given three of its stars to Joseph’s House, an end-of-life home for the homeless in Washington. Founded in 1990 by Dr. David Hilfiker, Joseph’s House was a personal project to bring a true family to those dying of AIDS who… Read more »