Family members and self-advocates frequently wonder how someone becomes a core person* at L’Arche. Because most core people choose to make L’Arche home for life, we have very limited openings, but friends are always welcome at our regularly scheduled prayer nights and special events. You might also want to read about the process of becoming a core person in the event that we do have an opening, or to assist you in the process of finding another residential provider in D.C. or Virginia.
*In L’Arche, the term core person refers to an adult who has an intellectual disability as they are the center and heart of the community.
Learn more about Jean Vanier and what brought him to found L’Arche.
Discover the writings of Henri Nouwen and be moved by his accounts of life at L’Arche Daybreak.
Connect with Faith & Light, an international prayer community whose roots are shared with L’Arche.
We recommend developing a network of relationships with other families and groups that can support you, share resources, and provide guidance. We’ve assembled a list of other organizations to help get you started.