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.
As with many of our affiliates, the ISP Portland program began with a group of committed individuals seeking to explore ways to accompany men and women on the margins. Many of the initial ISP Portland team members were connected with the JVC Encore and St. Ignatius Catholic Church. The first women’s overnight retreat was held in April 2014 and the first men’s overnight retreat later that year in June at the Griffin Center.
Today, ISP Portland holds two men’s and two women’s overnight retreats and follow up days of reflection.