L'Arche Metro Richmond
Spirituality...Relationships...Servant Leadership... Community...Celebration
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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.
Events around the Corner
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.
Do you have a L'Arche t- shirt? If yes, please wear it. If not, we have extras.
2018 Gold Chicken Player Show
Saturday, October 27 - Mark your calendar!
2 PM Matinee
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church - 11220 Nuckols Rd. Glen Allen, VA 23059
Gold Chicken Players, a partnership between L'Arche Metro Richmond and People International (Pii), is a performing group of friends with and without disabilities. On Saturday, October 27, Gold Chicken Players will present their 4th annual show, guaranteed to touch every heart.
In a great display of partnership, 70+ performers of all abilities from L'Arche Metro Richmond, Pii, and numerous providers and organizations will sing, dance, play music, and present a magical evening to treasure for a lifetime. This year's special guest performer: Susan Greenbaum!
Rehearsal Schedule Gold Chicken Players
Please RSVP before all rehearsals - firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer & Fall: 3rd Sunday of each month - 3:00 PM - July 15, August 19, September 16, & October 21
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church (Monument & Staples Mill)
Final Rehearsal: Friday, Oct. 26 - Evening rehearsal at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Specific time: TBD
Story Time Worship & Dinner - 3rd Sunday of each month
August - Worship only, no dinner
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church - Monument & Staples Mill
"Gold Chicken" Director Ellen Hall, and Holy Comforter Episcopal Church invite you to their monthly Story Time Worship & Dinner. Come to play a drum or a tambourine and listen as Rev. Hilary Smith, tells Bible stories. The 30-minute service offers Eucharist if you want to participate. Dinner is provided if you want to stay. If you know you're coming in advance, please email email@example.com.
Second Sunday Luncheon at Padow's
- Next Luncheon - Sunday, September 9
Join us to gather with new and old friends. Great food ... terrific company. RSVP not required.
Who? You, your family, & your friends
When? Sunday, October 14, 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
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!