L’Arche USA

Founded in France in 1964, L’Arche is an international federation of 154 member communities in 38 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 and projects:




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.