May’s Feature Story – Serving Mothers and Infants at Our Lady’s Inn

Ignatian Volunteer Gerry HempsteadIn 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 Louis U. High Alumni Magazine.

I went to the orientation meeting and heard a brief talk from Gail Albers, one of the Ignatian Volunteers, who spoke about here volunteer experience at Our Lady’s Inn. That was the first time I became aware of this program. Gail made it sound interesting Read More

Above: Ignatian Volunteer Gerry Hempstead with Denise, a Case Worker at Our Lady’s Inn in St. Louis

Ignatian Volunteer Corps

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps® (IVC) provides men and women, most age 50 or better, opportunities to serve others and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of experienced Volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time.

IVC works in partnership with hundreds of community partner organizations. These nonprofit organizations provide Ignatian Volunteers with substantive work to serve individuals who have slipped through this country’s safety net. And hundreds of community organizations are on waiting lists to get an Ignatian Volunteer.

Volunteers are strengthened in their Christian faith by IVC’s unique spiritual reflection program, which is rooted in the Jesuit tradition of Ignatian spirituality.  By contributing their leadership skills and life experience into service, IVC volunteers improve their communities and create a more just society.

The Impact of IVC

Help us Grow the Corps!

Learn about our exciting campaign to expand IVC’s ability to serve more people.  Join us in our mission!

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What’s New?

Easter to Pentecost Challenge Grant – So close we can taste it! In the spirit of Easter and a faith that believes in resurrection and new life after sacrifice – a very generous contribution is being made to IVC – but only if we meet a challenge. At its February 2015 meeting the IVC Board of Directors... Read more»

Here's what others have to say about IVC.

IVC is one of the truly great blessings of my life. I can volunteer anywhere, but when I volunteer through IVC, I not only get an opportunity to serve the poor, but an adventure in pursuing the enrichment of my spiritual life.” –Rich Pozdol, Chicago
We are grateful for Nick's presence among us and know that his help is a catalyst for change and for hope in the lives of the young men entrusted to us.” –Brother Thomas Casey, FSC Executive Director of The De La Salle School, New York

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Transformed by His Love

“Spiritual retreats ending homelessness” is the tagline of the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP), an IVC partner agency. Ignatian Volunteers serve as Retreat Coordinators in three of ISP’s 24 cities: Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland.ISP’s successful retreat model cares for the interior and spiritual lives of those living with homelessness and suffering from addiction.  Through a blend... Read more »
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