Founded in 1998 in Chicago, IL by Fr. Bill Creed, SJ, and Ed Shurna (formerly Executive Director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless), the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) offers experiences of hope, healing, and belonging to men and women recovering from homelessness and addiction. By inviting our participants into a deeper encounter with the God of their understanding, ISP retreats and spiritual programs provide the encouragement and empowerment necessary to make real, transformative life changes. Today, ISP offers retreats, follow up and spiritual accompaniment programs across the United States, Canada, and Ireland.
ISP Akron began in 2010 at the encouragement of a diocesan priest who had worked with homeless men and women and those struggling with addiction. A men’s team formed and the first ISP retreat for men was held in November 2010. A year later, the women’s retreat program began.
Today, ISP Akron offers 4 overnight retreats (2 men’s and 2 women’s) each year as well as follow-up retreats and a monthly ongoing accompaniment program. The ISP Akron teams have built strong relationships in the community, establishing connections with 6+ local shelter and recovery homes. The men’s team offers a weekly spiritual accompaniment program for alumni to reunite in prayer, shared reflection and fellowship.
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