Our Impact

L’ARCHE CHANGES LIVES

The Work We’re Doing

The impact of L’Arche goes far beyond our numbers. Each day, people with and without intellectual disabilities develop extraordinary friendships through ordinary activities: preparing meals, brushing teeth, shopping for groceries, and praying together. These friendships become catalysts for change. Read more about the many ways L’Arche impacts the lives of our members and the broader community.

61

Homes in the U.S.

284

Core Members

447

Assistants

800,718

Meals Shared Each Year in Community

48

Years Since L'Arche was Founded in the U.S.

170,050

People Annually Reached through Social Media

Core Members:

People with intellectual or developmental disabilities that live in a L’Arche home or participate in a day program.

Assistants:

People without intellectual or developmental disabilities who live with and support Core Members.

Our impact

On People

Mutually transformative relationships form the heart of L’Arche. All of us, whether or not we live with an intellectual disability, desire a sense of belonging. In L’Arche, people of differing intellectual capacities, social origins, religions, and cultures build relationships rooted in trust and vulnerability. By sharing daily life together, community members experience L’Arche as a “University for the Heart,” where they learn true friendship and teach one another to love unconditionally.

Our impact

On Perception

L’Arche makes it possible for our perceptions regarding disability and vulnerability to be transformed. Since our founding, L’Arche has illuminated the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities and affirmed their inherent dignity and worth. L’Arche believes everyone has something valuable to contribute, even the most vulnerable. Our weaknesses and vulnerabilities are not to be hidden from others, but welcomed and shared.

Our impact

On Policy

Too often, people with intellectual disabilities are left out of policy discussions that directly affect their lives. L’Arche USA aims to change that by advocating alongside people with intellectual disabilities for the rights they deserve. L’Arche USA partners with relevant organizations to raise awareness of policy issues. Furthermore, L’Arche USA educates our members on applicable laws and policy shifts that affect our communities.