L’Arche USA

Founded in France in 1964 by Jean Vanier, L’Arche is an international federation of 145 member communities/organizations in 40 countries. The first L’Arche community in the U.S. was founded in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1972.


L’Arche USA supports local L’Arche communities in recruitment of assistants and volunteers, in training and retreats for L’Arche core people, assistants, and leaders; and in consultation and technical assistance to enhance the internal capacity and quality of life in each community.



L’Arche USAL'Arche USA Community List and Link to L'Arche USA Website includes 19 communities:




Each community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and is governed by its own board of directors and managed by caring and professional staff. L’Arche communities are united through their membership in the International Federation of L’Arche.