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.
L’Arche Celebrates 50 Years!
On August 4, 1964, Jean Vanier welcomed Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux into a small home in Trosly-Breuil, France, and planted the seeds of what has become a worldwide movement of 147 L’Arche communities in 35 countries.
L’Arche will be celebrating this golden “Jubilee” anniversary across the world from May 2014 – April 2015. Friends of L’Arche are invited to rejoice in the gift of life shared with people with intellectual disabilities.