July 27, 2012
It's hard to say just how much being a part of the L'Arche Greater Washington DC community has meant to me. My time there has informed not only my current work (as a writer with a focus on sharing the stories of people with special needs), but the way I experience the world. When I arrived at L'Arche to be a direct-care assistant in 2007, I thought I'd stay for just one year. One year turned into five years, however, as I served in roles from assistant to home life coordinator to program director to consultant to volunteer and friend. Though it was a challenging journey at times, it was also full of joy. L'Arche DC, like any organization comprised of human beings, isn't perfect -- but its members are very good at giving one another second (and third, and fourth, and five-hundreth) chances. (Not to mention the fact that they know how to laugh, dance, and throw a good party.) They know how to ask good questions, how to grieve, and how to celebrate, and I am proud to have been a part of their life. And their practice of community-based caregiving is transformative. Supporting another person helps you to know your own vulnerability. When the core members at L'Arche welcomed me into their family, they changed my heart, and for that, I will always give thanks.
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