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.
The ISP Cleveland program began with their first men’s retreat in 2005 at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, OH. A few years later, a small group of women came together to discern starting a women’s program. In 2008, with assistance and financial support from the Sisters of Charity, a team formed and the first ISP women’s retreat was held that fall.
Today, ISP Cleveland offers four overnight retreats and two follow up days of reflection annually in addition to spiritual accompaniment programs for men and women. The men’s team meets at St. Augustine on the first Friday of each month while the women’s team meets twice a month at local social service providers.