L’Arche is a model for us as a Christian community. —Rev. Tim Malone, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia
L’Arche is an inter-denominational Christian community that welcomes people of all backgrounds to share life together. Community life is centered around four communal homes and the 16 members who have intellectual disabilities, known as “core people.”
Each community member is encouraged to discover and deepen his or her spiritual life and live it according to his or her particular faith and tradition. Those who have no religious affiliation are also welcomed and respected in their freedom of conscience.
Participate in community life:
It was so special for me to see how dedicated L’Arche is to providing care and comfort to another human being. —Rosa Harris, Physical Therapist, National Rehabilitation Hospital
Though L’Arche assistants are not medical professionals, they are trained to administer medication and to recognize potential medical conditions.
Health care professionals, attorneys, government agencies, and advocates in the disability field herald L’Arche as one of the best providers of community-based care for people who have intellectual disabilities.
What makes the difference?
The emphasis on mutual relationship between core people and assistants creates an environment of love and trust where quality care is a matter of friendship, not just a job.
How you can help:
The way L’Arche integrates core people into society breaks down barriers and misimpressions. By doing that they’re changing the world. —Bill Zavarello, L’Arche neighbor and friend
For generations, people with intellectual disabilities have been ignored, left out, and spoken for. L’Arche aims to change that by advocating with people who have intellectual disabilities for the rights and dignity they deserve.
Advocacy can mean working to change policies to give core people more freedom, calling a reporter to help illuminate problems in our system, or calling an insurance company and spending an hour on the phone. Most often, advocacy means asking questions and really listening to the answer, then joining our voices together to speak up for change.
Become an advocate:
- Invite L’Arche to share its message at your office, place of worship, or home