L’Arche USA

Penpals Eric Arntson (Greater Washington) and Darren Long (Blue Ridge Mountains) reconnect at Regional Gathering.

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 tecnical assistance to enhance the internal capacity and quality of life in each community.


L’Arche USA includes 19 communities:


L’Arche Atlanta

L’Arche Chicago

L’Arche Cleveland

L’Arche Clinton, The Arch (Iowa)

L’Arche Erie (PA)

L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C.

L’Arche Harbor House (Jacksonville, FL)

L’Arche Heartland (Overland Park, KS)

L’Arche Irenicon (MA)

L’Arche Long Island *(Anticipated in 2016!)

L’Arche Metro Richmond *(Anticipated in 2017!)

L’Arche Mobile

L’Arche Noah Sealth (Seattle, WA)

L’Arche Portland

L’Arche St. Louis

L’Arche Spokane

L’Arche Syracuse (NY)

L’Arche Tahoma Hope (Tacoma, WA)

L’Arche Wavecrest (Orange, CA)


*L’Arche Long Island and L’Arche Metro Richmond were announced as joining L’Arche USA in January 2016!


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.