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 first ISP Seattle men’s retreat was held in 2007. The program then went on hiatus until it was relaunched with a men’s retreat in October 2012. This came in response to an inquiry from a spiritual director at Doorways Ministries. The first women’s retreat was held the following year in May 2013.
Today, ISP Seattle holds two men’s and two women’s overnight retreats and follow up days of reflection, as well as regular monthly ongoing spiritual companionship sessions for women. The men and women’s teams have grown to include alumni that are taking the ministry in Seattle to the next level. The Seattle men’s team currently participates in the Ambassadors of Hope program.