A Note from our Executive Director

PJ HeadshotDear Peacemakers,

Eliesel, Nonviolence Streetworker School Team member, always shares what he is grateful for. He’ll pop into everyone’s office to say hello and give words of encouragement. I’m issuing a challenge to you all today.  Go to our Facebook or Twitter pages (ISPNprovidence) and tell us what you are thankful for, then go to someone else’s page and tell them why you are thankful for them. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, and in the tradition of Eliesel, I would like to tell you all what I am grateful for.

My family – Their support over the past year has been unwavering.  They are always asking what they can do to help. My wife Meg is so understanding that sometimes plans need to change and that I need rest too.  THANK YOU!

My ISPN Family – The staff at ISPN is under appreciated, to be frank.  They don’t think twice about helping the community. They feel the pain, see the suffering that people endure, get denied resources and yet come to work every day with a smile and work hard to save lives.  Their successes are rarely publicized, but should be.  THANK YOU Staff!

Our Partners – The work of ISPN’s staff is made possible because of our strong partners in the cities we work in.  We share successes and failures, we address conflict with respect and always push to move forward.  Transparency is a must when trying to save lives.  THANK YOU to our partners for working with us!

Our Donors – Without the unwavering support from our donors, ISPN’s mission would continue to be just Sister Ann and Father Ray’s dream.  Our donors understand the complexity and commitment ISPN has to its mission.  We are so grateful that you have walked beside us throughout our fifteen-year journey and continue to support us as we move forward.

Our Clients – The most important people to thank are our clients.  Thank you all for trusting us.  Thank you for taking a chance on an idea.  Thank you for opening your minds to something different, something hard, something so rewarding.

As we usher in the beginning of another holiday season, thank you for choosing peace.

Executive Director