Welcome to L’Arche USA

Founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, L’Arche communities bear witness to the reality that persons with intellectual disabilities possess inherent qualities of welcome, wonderment, spirituality, and friendship. We make explicit the dignity of every human being by building inclusive communities of faith and friendship where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. L’Arche USA exists to strengthen our local communities, welcome more people into our life and work, engage in advocacy on behalf of those often on the margins of society, and to raise awareness of the gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities.  Learn more about Who We Are

L’Arche Celebrates 50 Years! Come Join the Celebrations!

L’Arche USA is hosting a national celebration of this golden anniversary in Washington, DC May 29-30, 2015.

Friday, May 29, 2015, 2-4pm
Sharing Our Gifts: A Public Celebration
American University Friedheim Quad, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

Come and celebrate the gift of relationship between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Join members of L’Arche from across the United States, local friends and supporters, peer organizations and members of the general public for this event. Enjoy a program of music, a mime, games on the lawn, and a photo booth to record the experience with old and new friends.

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 2pm
Calling for a New Vision of Peace:
A Public Forum and Interfaith Prayer Service
National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC

Join Krista Tippett, radio host of On Being, Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, and members of L’Arche from across the United States as we celebrate 50 years of L’Arche, give thanks for the gifts received through relationship between people with and without intellectual disabilities, and speak to our call today in the world. A reception will follow the program with cake and beverages to celebrate L’Arche’s 50th birthday. The work of L’Arche artists will be featured.

Events are free. The Public Forum and Interfaith Prayer Service will include a free-will offering.