What is L'Arche
In L'Arche, people who have intellectual disabilities and those who come to assist share life and daytime activities together in family-like settings that are integrated into local neighbourhoods. L'Arche in Canada has nearly 200 homes and workshops or day programs. These are grouped into what L'Arche calls ''communities.''
Distressed by the scandalous conditions he saw in institutions, in 1964 Jean Vanier invited two men with developmental disabilities, Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux, to live with him in a small house in the French village of Trosly-Breuil. He named their house “L'Arche,” after Noah's Ark.
L'Arche Canada Foundation
The L’Arche Canada Foundation is the fundraising arm of LC. We work to raise the money needed for both national projects like Servant Leadership, and local capital campaigns. We seek to help the 29 L’Arche communities from coast to coast with their funding needs and to help them reach their own fundraising goals.
National Leaders Newsletters
The fall just flew by and we now find ourselves approaching Christmas. Given the rapid and perpetual pace of change we all face, this is a good time of year to take a break, be together and have fun...
Workshops & Day Centers
In this serie, we will be presenting workshops and day centers across the country where people with intellectual disability from L'Arche or from the local community learn new skills and develop their full potential. The first workshop we are presenting is Le Pot-en-Ciel, an art workshop that would not be if it were not for Claude Maclean, a member of L'Arche Beloeil who dreamed of a place where he and fellow artists could draw and paint together in a spirit of sharing and mutual teaching. Photographies from Jonathan Boulet-Groulx
L'Arche around the world
L’Arche Canada belongs to the International Federation of L’Arche Communities linking the 29 communities in Canada to the International organization and the communities of L’Arche in 37 countries around the world. The Identity and Mission of L’Arche, The Constitution and The Mandate name the aspirations, structures and strategic directions that unite L’Arche around the world as well as the principles that guide us: servant leadership, partnership, subsidiarity, accountability, participation, and inculturation, and solidarity.