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.
In 2000, ISP Cincinnati became home to the first ISP retreat team outside of Chicago and held its first men’s retreat at the Milford Spiritual Center. For several years, the men’s team held two retreats per year. Since then, the men’s team has grown substantially. The Cincinnati women’s ISP program launched with their first retreat in March, 2010 at Mt. St. Joseph’s Retreat Center.
Today, the women’s team holds 6 overnight retreats annually, and also holds a monthly spiritual accompaniment program on the second Monday of every month. The men’s team holds 12 retreats annually.