ISP Washington D.C.
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 2008 a committed group of parishioners from Holy Trinity Catholic Church came together to explore the possibility of beginning an ISP program in Washington, DC. The first women’s retreat was held in March of 2009, and the first men’s retreat took place a month later in April 2009. Both retreats were held at Loyola on the Potomoc in Faulkner, Maryland. Holy Trinity Catholic Church remains a close partner to ISP Washington DC.
Today, ISP Washington DC holds three men’s and four women’s overnight retreats and follow up days of reflection annually. The men’s team is in the process of building a spiritual accompaniment program led by alumni. The women’s team has a robust spiritual accompaniment program led by alumni team members called “Grounded in God.” The program offers spiritual companionship to women in local housing and recovery programs. The Washington DC women’s team currently participates in the Ambassadors of Hope program.