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Empowering to Make a Difference: Excerpts of Tina’s Address to the National Assembly and Regional Gathering

Empowering to Make a Difference is the theme of this Assembly.  Empowering means to increase our influence, to promote our capacity to self-actualize.  Empowering means to take responsibility for the beautiful simplicity, the enormous potential, the persistent complexity, the foundational tensions, the … Continue reading

A Vote, A Community of Welcome – From the National Assembly

At the end of the second day of L’Arche USA’s 2018 National Assembly and Western Regional Gathering, Lisa Shiltz, a L’Arche USA Board Member reflects upon her experience of welcoming as part of L’Arche.  I was nervous flying to Tacoma … Continue reading

A Voice, A Reflection – From the National Assembly

At the end of the first day of L’Arche USA’s 2018 National Assembly and Western Regional Gathering, we asked an Assistant (an individual without an intellectual disability) to reflect on her experience thus far. Malia has lived in a L’Arche … Continue reading

Pathway Initiative – The Impact of L’Arche

Donate Now I meet Greg in a coffee-shop: minimal design, polished surfaces, streamlined furniture… He is in his mid-30s and extremely successful in his career as a senior manager in a large corporation. Greg is wearing fitted jeans, a casual … Continue reading

Documentary About L’Arche Founding Released

Read: L’Arche USA Reflection View: Movie Trailer Summer in the Forest, recorded in France and Bethlehem, portrays Jean Vanier’s vision about living in community with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  Over the past fifty years, Mr. Vanier’s vision … Continue reading

The Welcome Initiative

James was one of many who welcomed me to the recent central regional gathering.  His allegiance to his local college football team featured prominently on his hat. Football was thus our first topic, not unusual for the American South.  Soon … Continue reading

Diversity

Speaking at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presented us a powerful image: “Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You … Continue reading

L’Arche Long Island Names Community Leader: Paul Mac Millan

Paul has been in the Special Education/Developmentally Disabled field for over two decades. Paul’s previous roles have been as Special Educator for individuals with Autism, Management positions in the Developmentally Disabled field, as well as Director of Residential Services. He has … Continue reading

A Profound Call to Love

By Rhea Matar L’Arche Syracuse Assistant from 2013-2015 In the summer of 2013, I packed three duffel bags and boarded an overnight train that took me 800 miles from my home in Illinois to Syracuse, New York. There I would … Continue reading

Safe and Brave Spaces

The first time I engaged in a meaningful conversation with a person with an intellectual disability wasn’t one of my best moments.  As many young adults, I felt insecure and awkward. Michael and I had just gotten to know each other. He observed … Continue reading