With a total of seven assistants and eight core members in our two homes, L’Arche Portland is a close-knit community with a deep sense of family. We are a community of faith composed of people of different faith traditions, spiritual paths and intellectual abilities. We are committed to living intentionally out of the deeply spiritual dimension of our life. In June 2007, L’Arche Portland celebrated 20 years as a community. Two of our present core members have been at the center of our community for each of those 20 years. Our community leader has been a member of L’Arche Portland for 18 years, and has announced her covenant commitment in the international family of L’Arche.
L’Arche Portland is located in Portland, Oregon, a beautiful medium-size city with a small-town feel in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Our core members and assistants can and do enjoy world-class cultural events, a vibrant music scene, and abundant recreational opportunities, with the mountains an hour’s drive to the east and the Pacific Ocean 90 miles to the west.
Our two homes—Nehalem House, a rambling 60s era home, and Neahkahnie House, a fully accessible home which the community built in 1993—celebrate milestones, transitions, holidays, and regular community nights as a single family. Celebration is the hallmark of L’Arche community life, and our core members are at the heart of it.
L’Arche Portland enjoys the support of and enriches the lives of an extended community of more than 150 volunteers and friends who participate in community life, accompany core members on outings, staff the annual Christmas Tree Sale fundraiser, provide respite care in the homes, and help with gardening and cooking. Explore our web site for community photo albums, our Newsletters and Newspages, volunteer opportunities, contact information, announcements, and special interactive content, including a Jean Vanier quote library and a downloadable poster featuring core member artwork.