Becoming a Core Person

Francene Short sits on the front steps of 6th Street house with one of the five arks traveling the world in celebration of L'Arche International's 50th. Photo by Brian A. Taylor Photography

Francene Short | Photo by Brian A. Taylor Photography

 

When L’Arche welcomes a new core person, we anticipate that he or she will live in L’Arche for life. For that reason, openings in L’Arche are very rare and we move through the selection process carefully. A number of factors go in to the decision, including whether the prospective core person is interested in living in an intentional community.

 

In both Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia, core people “enter” L’Arche through referrals from the respective governmental bodies.  Here’s a short summary on how that happens:

 

 

 

 

 

Arlington, Virginia

  1. Prospective core people contact their local CSB (Community Service Board).  Click here for your local CSB. Arlington County CSB can be reached at  703.228.4871. Ask to be connected to an intake representative for Intellectual Disability Waiver services.
  2. Through this process, the individual may seek residential, vocational, case management or a variety of other services via the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).
  3. After completing the intake process, individuals who are looking for residential placement can ask their service coordinator to refer them to L’Arche.
  4. At the same time, interested individuals can visit this web site and complete the core person inquiry form. This form is not an official application, but rather an initial indication of interest in L’Arche. Email or fax your form to [email protected]org | 202.986.1492.
  5. L’Arche reviews these questionnaires, contacts families if there are questions about eligibility, and then keeps these questionnaires on file. L’Arche contacts families who are eligible when there is an opening at L’Arche.

 

Washington, D.C.

  1. Prospective core people apply to DDA (Developmental Disabilities Administration). Call 202.730.1700 and ask to be connected to an intake representative.  You can also check the web site for more information about services available.
  2. Through this process, the individual may seek residential, vocational, case management or a variety of other services via DDA.
  3. After completing the intake process, individuals who are looking for residential placement can ask their service coordinator to refer them to L’Arche.
  4. At the same time, interested individuals can visit this web site and complete the core person inquiry form. This form is not an official application, but rather an initial indication of interest in L’Arche. Email or fax your form to [email protected]org | 202.986.1492.
  5. L’Arche reviews these questionnaires, contacts families if there are questions about eligibility, and then keeps these questionnaires on file. L’Arche contacts families who are eligible when there is an opening at L’Arche.

 

L’Arche requires that core people have a Medicaid waiver. This serves several purposes, including ensuring that the core person has a service coordinator looking out for his or her interests and providing L’Arche with sufficient funding to operate. It also levels the playing field for potential core people, guaranteeing that a person is not chosen based on the ability of his or her family to provide the necessary funding.

 

L’Arche alone cannot meet the demand for housing in Greater Washington, but we do hope to inspire other providers to see those who have intellectual disabilities as gifted and valued people with something to offer our society. L’Arche is proud to be working alongside other providers and advocates in D.C. and Virginia to improve the quality of life for all people who have intellectual disabilities.