L’Arche communities in the United States provide homes and workplaces where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together 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 the adults who have intellectual disabilities—known as “core members”—and the relationships that arise from a shared life.
L’Arche Wavecrest was founded twelve years ago and currently has one home with five core members and three live-in assistants. It is the pulsating heart of a larger community consisting of families, friends, volunteers and donors. The community has developed an expansion plan to grow to a second home within the next three years, with long-term plans for additional growth.
Jim holds a BA in Psychology/Germanic Languages and Literature, and a Masters in Organizational Management. He has extensive experience as a nonprofit leader in Southern California and in growing organizations. Most recently he served as Director of Operations of Wayfarers Chapel. Jim was drawn to the mission of L’Arche, and is looking forward to helping the community grow.
Each L’Arche community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and is governed by its own board of directors and managed by caring and professional staff. L’Arche communities in the U.S. are united through their membership in L’Arche USA and in the International Federation of L’Arche.