L'Arche Metro Richmond
Spirituality...Relationships...Servant Leadership... Community...Celebration
YOU are invited! Scroll down for L'Arche Holiday Happenings.
12/7: Holiday Musical - "A Baby Changes Everything"
12/9: 2nd Sunday Luncheon with Santa & Mrs. Claus
12/10: Lewis Botanical Gardens GardenFest of Lights
12/22: "Sister Act"
L'Arche Metro Richmond - Yesterday & Today
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 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.
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 launched the serious work to realize our dream of L'Arche services and homes in Metro Richmond - services provided with a love that is unique to L'Arche.
Today, L'Arche Metro Richmond has a thriving community of friends who enjoy the events and activities provided by our six community life programs - Spirituality, Healthy Living, Charity, Celebration, Advocacy, and Independent Living. Each L'Arche Program is led by a friend with disabilities who has an accompanier to assist. Persons with disabilities and loved ones form relationships, support networks, and community, and they find purpose.Please scroll down for a list of events around the corner.
What is L'Arche?
L'Arche is global community of faith that celebrates the gifts of persons with developmental disabilities - gifts of welcome, wonderment, spontaneity, and directness. They touch hearts and call others to unity through simplicity and vulnerability. They are a living reminder to the wider world of the essential values of the heart without which knowledge, power, and action lose their meaning and purpose. In the USA, L'Arche typically provides family-like homes where where persons with and without disabilities 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 "core members," adults with developmental disabilities 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 celebrates the gifts and honors the dignity of every human being. Persons with disabilities 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.
L'Arche Holiday Happenings
Friday, December 7, 7:00 PM
Christmas Musical - "A Baby Changes Everything"
L'Arche friends thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful musical and being with friends at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. The voices were beautiful and the message was moving. Many thanks to Cookie Sickler, Billy Stover, and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 12:30 PM
Luncheon at Padow's with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Join us to gather with new and old friends. Great food ... terrific company. RSVP not required.
Who? You, your family, & your friends
When? Sunday, December 16, 12:30 PM (or shortly after, we're flexible)
Where? Padow's Deli - 4120 Cox Road, Glen Allen 23061
Near Cox & Broad. Next to Hondo's & Cartridge World
Monday, Dec. 10, 5:30 PM
Lewis Ginter GardenFest of Lights
Respond asap! The first 25 responses receive complimentary tickets!
Join us for Richmond's ultimate holiday extravaganza featuring 1/2 million lights, hand crafted botanical decorations, model trains, & more. If you'd like to dine, a self-serve cafe is open until 8:30 PM.
Monday, Dec. 10, 5:30 PM
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
1800 Lakeside Ave.
ASAP (definitely by Wed. Dec. 5) Email email@example.com
Saturday, December 22, 2:00 PM
Virginia Repertory Theatre is donating 25 tickets to "Sister Act" to L'Arche Metro Richmond.
You, your family, & your friends
(Preference given to friends with disabilities and loved ones)
Saturday, December 22, 2:00 PM
Virginia Repertory Theatre
114 W. Broad Street
ASAP - Email firstname.lastname@example.org
To reserve your tickets, email email@example.com and we will email back with logistical information.
Preference to friends with disabilities & loved ones.
Based on the 1992 hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, this musical follows the fallen showgirl, Deloris Van Cartier, as her life takes an unexpected turn on Christmas Eve, and she finds sisterhood and redemption when forced to take refuge in a convent.
Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner
Additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane
Direction and choreography by Robin Arthur
Nominated for 5 Tony Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards
Starring The Color Purple’s Felicia Curry
This production contains adult themes/language.
L'Arche Walking Club - A "Healthy Living" Activity
When? Tuesdays - 11:30 AM AND Thursdays - 4:30 PM
Who? You! All are welcome. No RSVP required.
Where? Regency Square Mall – 1420 Parham Rd. - Park in the lower level covered deck & enter the mall entrance.
Re-Imagined Community Life Group (CLG)
Our “re-imagined” Community Life Group (CLG) is led by friends with disabilities. If you are a core friend, loved one, or a friend who wants to accompany/learn or be a part of the “re-imagination,” email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for a new wave of L’Arche activities!