Helping Others


As an Assistant in L’Arche you will support people with intellectual disability in all dimensions of life through daily living and companionship—respectfully supporting and empowering them to live fully and claim their rightful place in society.  Doing this, you offer an important contribution to the lives of others that will make a difference in their lives, and in your own.

Through hands on support and the daily tasks of building community, you will develop lasting friendships and gain valuable life skills: learn to cook for ten people; support someone to learn a new skill; gain confidence in leading a meeting; develop teaching skills; use your creativity everyday; become an advocate; learn new skills in team work and collaboration.

In addition, through supportive relationships, you'll gain new perspectives, experience deep lessons in understanding and compassion, and broaden the way you see the world.

Through helping others and making a positive impact, you'll discover more about others and yourself.