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#LarcheImpact – Eric Arntson

Impact is a theme in our community this year and who knows about the impact of L’Arche better than people who have been part of our community? So we reached out to current and former community members to hear about their stories and relationships, and how L’Arche GWDC has impacted them. This is the second in a series of interviews with current and former community members of L’Arche GWDC titled: #LarcheImpact. You can find the first interview here


Eric Arnston while he was on house vacation.

When were you at L’Arche GWDC and what were your role(s)?

8 years as a core family member (at Highland House.)

What brought you to L’Arche?

“Make Friends” “Help Out..set the table sometimes and do laundry”

“Live here” “My parents are getting older, they are much older than me”



What’s one of your favorite memories at L’Arche?

“My birthday of last year–50! Last year. Now I’m 51 in March: Can you believe I’ll be 51?”

“People came. Friend that I could count on. A big cake.”

What encouragement/advice do you have for people who are considering L’Arche?

“Help people out…is that a good answer?”

How did you grow in your time at L’Arche?

“Well I still make mistakes, but my attitude is better. I have a good attitude when I am here.”

“I keep smiling, keep shining”

How does your time at L’Arche impact you today?

“Marvelous, plain marvelous”

 Do you have a favorite picture of your time at L’Arche you could share with us?

Eric Arntson with Moira Griffith, a summer volunteer from Notre Dame.






















Eric was interviewed by fellow Highland House member Brooke Lacock.

We invite you to share your own responses to the “#LarcheImpact” questions. Your responses can be emailed to

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