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.
I visited L'Arche D.C. after my son, who goes to college at CUA, became friends with of the assistants. As a result I visited the L'Arches home on 3 different occasions while visiting D.C. The home, its residents and assistants are made from love. They truly live as a family. It takes a special calling for those who volunteer. They are selfless individuals who truly live to serve others. God bless L'Arche for the opportunity if gives its residents.
My daughter and future son-in-law are assistants in L'Arche communities in DC and Arlington, and I couldn't be more proud (and impressed)! I have visited their communities many times, and have observed the beauty of community life. The assistants are gifted, compassionate people who impart their talents daily while receiving gifts from the community core members. I have joined in several dinners and prayer nights, and come away feeling better about the world!!
As a sibling of a person with a developmental disability, one of my greatest concerns is the lack of independent living opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Spending an evening with a L'Arche community showed me that these opportunities not only exist but are attended caring communities of equality, dignity, and faith. My time with L'Arche, brief as it was, has redefined my hopes of independent living for my friends -- and sister -- with intellectual disabilities. Thank you L'Arche.
I have been very impressed the quality of care L'Arche provides to those with developmental disabilities. It goes beyond the care-giver/client relationship. It can be more aptly called a family. I just am inspired by their work and am glad a place like L'Arche exists.