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L'Arche, Inc.

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Causes: Christianity, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Group Homes, Human Services, Religion

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.

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