Andrew Commisso and Nicole Newell. Photo by Mandi Jo Stoll

Becoming a Core Person

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.




L’Arche communities in the North East of the USA gathered to share updates and learn together.

L’Arche Resources

Learn more about L’Arche USA and the various L’Arche communities in the United States.


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.






Members of L’Arche GWDC and the National Down Syndrome Society visit Capitol Hill.

Connecting with Others

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.