Good to see you again!

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Ignatian Volunteer Fe C. Varquez had a surprising encounter with a client at the food pantry where she serves in Los Angeles. “I’ve been at the Juan Diego Center for four years.  I had just come back from my summer break.  I saw Miguel, a homeless man, walk into to the food pantry.  His face… Read more »

A Love Story: Message from IVC Executive Director

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Dear Friends of IVC, Want to hear a love story? We are delighted to announce the launch of IVC’s largest corps of volunteers in its history.  This fall 441 men and women begin or renew their work in partner agencies all across this country for the coming year. Commissioned to homeless shelters, schools, hospitals, emergency… Read more »

Nurturing the Living, Accompanying the Dying

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Ignatian Volunteers Helen Taney, Marie Claude Terrot, and Kevin Dailey serve at Joseph’s House in Washington DC, which offers a welcoming community and comprehensive nursing and support services to homeless men and women dying of AIDS and cancer. “Every year Joseph’s House welcomes about 40 people to stay here and be cared for and loved at the… Read more »

Offering Hope and a Fresh Start through Legal Aid

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“The joy that comes from meeting with clients is to see the courage that they have in difficult circumstances.  It’s never too late to start in a new direction,” shares Deborah Rhodes, an Ignatian Volunteer in San Diego working with the Homeless Advocacy Program (HAP) of Interfaith Community Services. The Homeless Advocacy Pr ogram is… Read more »

IVC and Cristo Rey Network Schools

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IVC partners with Cristo Rey Network Schools in 6 regions – New York Metro, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and New England, matching Ignatian Volunteers’ talents with the schools’ tagline, “the school that works”. Cristo Rey Network schools provide a high quality college preparatory education to young people who live in low income urban communities… Read more »

Serving Mothers and Infants at Our Lady’s Inn in St. Louis

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by Gerry Hempstead, Ignatian Volunteer, St. Louis, MO In May, I retired from my law firm and was looking for opportunities to be of service. I was aware of the Ignatian Volunteer Program through my retreats at the White House Retreat run by the Jesuits and also from occasional announcements about it in the St… Read more »

Thank You

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This reflection/letter comes from Sam Schloemer as he retired from his position as IVC Regional Director in Cincinnati I’m sending you a “Thank You” in this format to enable you to read what I have to say. There are so many people I want to thank, hand writing about hundred legible notes would have been… Read more »

Standing Shoulder-to-Shoulder with the Mission of Habitat for Humanity

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At a time of high unemployment, rising costs of housing, food, and other necessities, more and more families across the United States struggle to find and maintain adequate, safe, and affordable housing.  Families live on the brink of personal housing crises and risk homelessness [i] .  Dreams of homeownership as an exit to this cycle are… Read more »