For Immediate release
Mary Ellen Dingley
Communications and Outreach coordinator
After ten years of searching for a fitting use for the Reevesland farmhouse, on Tuesday afternoon the Arlington County Board unanimously voted to authorize a Letter of Intent with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia for the historic home. This substantial step paves the way for work on the house to continue between partners Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, L’Arche Greater Washington D.C., and HomeAid Northern Virginia.
The house will be renovated, as well as a new addition constructed, and made into a fully accessible home for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, managed by L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. There are thousands of Virginians with disabilities waiting on housing and support services and a new L’Arche home has been eagerly awaited.
All construction and exterior changes will be done through review and approval by the Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board to preserve the historic nature of the home. More than 2 acres of parkland around the house will remain in public use.
The local responses to a new L’Arche home have been positive and supportive. Member of the Board Katie Cristol addressed L’Arche GWDC representatives at the county Board meeting on the 25th, saying: “L’Arche, which continues to do such critically important and meaningful work in our community, we’re so excited about the prospect of being able to expand the work that you do to serve more in our community.”
L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. is a community of people with and without intellectual disabilities sharing life together. We celebrate the unique value of every person, recognizing and accepting our need of one another and building relationships that transform all of us. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, L’Arche GWDC provides housing and support services to adults with intellectual disabilities, and serves hundreds of people in the wider community, of many different backgrounds, by offering a place of belonging and growth. Our community life centers on relationships, led by “core members,” the adults with intellectual disabilities who live in L’Arche homes.