Becoming a Core Member

How does someone become a core member?

Family members and self-advocates frequently wonder how someone becomes a core member* at L’Arche. When L’Arche welcomes a new core member, 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 member is interested in living in an intentional community.

Because of this, we have very limited openings, but friends are always welcome at our regularly scheduled prayer nights and special events. You may read on below to learn about the process of becoming a core member 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 member refers to an adult who has an intellectual disability as they are the center and heart of the community.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to become a core member, the person must:
– Have a current diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disability
– Be over the age of 21
– Be a resident of DC or Virginia
– Have a Medicaid Waiver

Inquiries are reviewed on a case by case basis as vacancies open. L’Arche GWDC considers eligibility criteria as well as our capacity to provide certain types of care. You can download the inquiry form here. Email us at referrals@larche-gwdc.org.

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

Arlington, Virginia

1.Prospective core member 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 member 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 referrals@larche-gwdc.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 may contact families who are eligible when there is an opening at L’Arche if additional information is needed.

Washington, D.C.

1.Prospective core members apply to DDA (Developmental Disabilities Administration). Call
(202) 730-1791 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 member 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 referrals@larche-gwdc.org| 202.986.1492.

5. L’Arche reviews these inquiry forms, contacts families if there are questions about eligibility, and then keeps these forms on file. L’Arche may contact families who are eligible when there is an opening at L’Arche if additional information is needed.

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