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Phone: 202.232.4539
P.O. Box 21471
District of Columbia 20009
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Target demographics: Adults who have intellectual disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 16 adults who have intellectual disabilities

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Make dinner, do yardwork, play games, file paperwork

Geographic areas served: Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia

Programs: L'Arche has three program areas:
1.Building community,
2. Providing professional support services to adults who have intellectual disabilities, and
3. Advocating for and with those who have disabilities for the dignity and rights they deserve.

Our mission is to make known the gifts of people who have intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.

L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C., is an interdenominational Christian community of people with and without intellectual disabilities who share their lives together. Life in L’Arche centers on four communal homes and sixteen members who have intellectual disabilities.

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I've been involved with the Washington DC and Virginia L'Arche communities for 5 years as a volunteer, donor and friend of the community. One area that stands out for me is the L'Arche assistants, staff, and core member's genuine commitment to each other through both the good and challenging ... more »
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I learned about L'Arche and its founder Jean Vanier from an episode of Speaking of Faith, and started volunteering in the DC community soon thereafter. The peace and love I found at L'Arche was healing and soul-stirring; those in the community welcomed me like I had been there for years. The mission... more »
I volunteered with l'Arche DC in the late 1980s as a live-in assistant. I found it to be a helpful experience in my life, with a good life/work balance, strong community support, and lively metropolitan culture. The organization is well run and stable, and provides a great sign of the value of the ... more »
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