L'Arche Metro Richmond
Spirituality...Relationships...Servant Leadership... Community...Celebration
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In 2007, moms of three adults with disabilities were stumped by one question:
Where will my child live when she leaves home?
After months of searching, they visited a L'Arche (rhymes with "marsh") and saw persons with disabilities and assistants sharing a life of faith and beautiful relationships - a life they dreamed of for their children. Inspired by hope, they made a commitment to bring L'Arche to Metro Richmond.
Today, L'Arche Metro Richmond has a thriving community of friends that gathers for celebrations, luncheons, "Pizza with the Pastor" picnics, outreach activities, and more. Persons with disabilities and loved ones form relationships, support networks, and community, and they find purpose.
In January 2016, the L'Arche USA Board unanimously voted to welcome L'Arche Metro Richmond as a Project of L'Arche USA and we began in earnest the serious work and fundraising to open L'Arche homes.
What is L'Arche?
L'Arche is global community of faith that celebrates the gifts of persons with intellectual disability - gifts of welcome, wonderment, spirituality, and friendship. In the USA, L'Arche provides family-like homes where where persons with and without intellectual disability live as peers, create inclusive communities of faith and friendship, and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. At the heart of L'Arche are adults with intellectual disability, core members, and the relationships that arise from a shared life.
France 1964 - L'Arche Founder, Jean Vanier, invited two men with intellectual disability to leave the institution where they lived and share a home. They called their home, L'Arche, French for "The Ark" (from the Bible story of Noah and the Ark) - a place of safety and refuge. Vanier's hope "to do for" grew to a sacred commitment "to be with and befriend."
Today hundreds of L'Arche communities flourish around the world, 19 in the USA (including L'Arche Metro Richmond). L'Arche honors the dignity of every human being - core members are companions, friends, and teachers; not clients, patients, or service recipients.
Assistants come from around the world to live in L'Arche. They accompany (not supervise) and share lives of love and respect. Beyond the home, a community of friends shares in celebration and prayer.
Events around the Corner
Monday, April 24, 6 PM - Pizza with the Pastor
Board Director Mike Hamilton, Chaplain of The Virginia Home, leads us as we worship, break bread, celebrate God's love, and enjoy each other. Expect singing, dancing, and perhaps a surprise or two. All are welcome!
|When||Monday, March 27, 6PM (or shortly after)|
|Where||St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church|
10627 Patterson Avenue
|Cost||Pizza is on L'Arche|
Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day
Second Sunday Luncheon - Cancelled
We resume our Second Sunday Luncheon on Sunday, June 11.