L’Arche Wavecrest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2004 and welcomed as a probationary member of L’Arche in 2006. The organization formed when Karen Carr (the organization’s founding executive director) came back to Orange County, California, after living for five years in a L’Arche community in France.
L’Arche Wavecrest founded Abraham House, the first L’Arche home in California. Abraham House is a home where core members (persons with developmental disabilities) and assistants (persons without developmental disabilities) live in community. The structure of the community is unique because there are no roles of patient or client; the core members and assistants live in the household as a family and share all aspects of daily life.
In addition, Abraham House also serves as a focal point for local community-based organizations, churches, public agencies, and individuals to work together to create a healthy community for all persons with developmental disabilities.
The L’Arche Wavecrest community is characterized by a spirit of welcome and the valuing of relationships where each person, with or without a developmental disability, is enriched. Besides those who share life in our home, our community has a circle of friends who participate in its life in various ways.