Mission: 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.
Results: L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C. has been operating in Adams Morgan for 31 years and 9 years in Arlington. We host nearly 200 people for dinner every year at our homes, as a main piece of our mission is hospitality. We hosted 24 presentations of L'Arche over the past year. We are continuing to build our capacity to grow and have plans to add more homes in Washington, D.C.
Target demographics: Adults who have intellectual disabilities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 16 adults who have intellectual disabilities
Geographic areas served: Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia
Programs: L'Arche has three program areas:
1.Building community within our homes and within the broader 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.
There are so many examples i could give to show how extraordinary L'Arche is ( if the world lived by their example it would be a far better world!) Something wonderful that happened recently was when a core member of L'Arche was hospitalized and had round the clock support by a L'Arche assistant or friend of L'Arche a doctor said he had never witnesed that kind of care and unconditional love..He was also very surprised and impressed when the patient was excited about returning "home" Rarely does that happen...often times that patient does not want to go back to their living situation because they feel better taken care of in the hospital. I think we would all want that for ourselves and for all mankind.
Greater DC L'Arche is an unusual organization. At its heart are humanity and compassion; L'Arche is also a well-run organization with a dedicated, organized, conscientious and skilled staff and volunteers, who show what human dignity is all about.
L'Arche is most effective in assisting adults with developmental disabilities to have "a voice" in civil and community affairs. L'Arche members have testified at State & County hearing in Virginia, and public meetings in DC. L'Arche highlights the citizenship that everyone enjoys.
My name is Ann West and it has been a privilege to be apart of this non-profit organization/community. Everyone that I have encountered have been people of integrity and effective in running the day to day operations as well as a vision for the future. I think L'arche changes lives and our society at large.