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The L’Arche Canada Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that raises funds on behalf of L’Arche Canada and is committed to transforming the lives of intellectually disabled people in communities across Canada.

Impacts

The Impact of L'Arche on Families

“How will my child find her way in the world? Who will love and care for my son after I am gone?” These are the spoken and unspoken questions of all families who have a child or a sibling with an intellectual disability. L’Arche impacts the lives of thousands of family members across Canada who have someone in L’Arche. In turn, L’Arche celebrates the many ways families help to make L’Arche the best it can be.

Marie—22 years of joy, peace, trust, friendship

Last January, our daughter Marie celebrated 22 years at L’Arche L’Etoile in Quebec. What a beautiful party she had, a supper with her “gang,” as she so affectionately calls those she lives with in her house!

“Mom, I didn’t call today because I didn’t have time.” I can assure you that, for us when Marie says this, we are not offended or saddened. Rather we are happy since it confirms to us that Marie likes the life and activities at L’Arche so much that she is able to let go of us. Twenty-two years of joy, peace, trust, smiles, friendship–what more can one ask for!

We thank L’Arche – this community milieu where each person is important and receives respect and is listened to. And more specifically, we thank each one who has accompanied our daughter over all these years and has taken responsibility for this beautiful person of whom we are so proud.

- Gaston and Nicole Perreault

 

Ali, Much Loved


impact My beloved daughter Alia had progressive multiple disabilities that meant it was impossible to care for her at home after her mother passed away.

I am deeply grateful that she was able to live out her teen and adult life at L’Arche Daybreak, amid people who loved her and, in many sensitive and creative ways, made her life rich. Alia loved music and motion, such as twirling in her wheelchair, and she became an important member of the Spirit Movers dance troupe. The Community sought to learn about Alia’s Muslim faith traditions and to support her in this way. When I brought Alia home for family or religious occasions, the assistants ensured Alia was beautifully dressed.

As Alia’s health declined over her last years, the Community members gave unstinting care and sensitive support. With myself and my family they grieved her loss deeply and continue to treasure her memory.

As for myself, I have continued my relationship with L’Arche Daybreak visiting sometimes and helping on a committee as I am able.

- Yahya Qureshi

 

Brad, An Important Life

Brad left home when he turned eighteen. This was what we had hoped for and it so happened that there was a place for him in the second home that L’Arche Lethbridge opened. For Brad to be able to go to a L’Arche community, and in our city no less, was a very positive “stepping out.”

Brad has been with L’Arche for twelve years now, and he has a mission. It is obvious he has a big role to play in his home and in the L’Arche community. When he answers the phone, he says the name of his house and his name in the same sentence in an upbeat tone of voice that communicates pride and belonging. He has travelled to other communities and to gatherings as a representative of his community. He knows, at some level, that he is important.

We are deeply grateful to L’Arche for this gift of purposeful living that Brad has. He will always have a place to call home.

- Don Flaig and Adele

 





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On El Arca de México

L’Arche Canada congratulates El Arca de México on their move to a new home in Mexico city. We are happy to provide financial support for this important, new chapter in the life of their community

The Impact of L'Arche on People with Disabilities

All over the world, L’ Arche welcomes people who often are at great risk and in need of important care. In poorer countries, most of them come from the streets. In Canada, young adults will come to L'Arche after high school, eager to begin adult life. Others come when caring parents are ill or have died. All are supported to grow to their full potential. They discover a new family and happiness in L’Arche and they know they are welcomed to make L'Arche their home for life.  Kim meeting Jean Vanier for the first time in 2009 In Kim's Words Don't talk to strangers, people that you don't know. Was I stranger when I walked in here? I guess everyone starts off as a stranger, tries to figure out what they’re doing and get to know the place. L'Arche—it was a strange place. Everybody was a stranger at that time. I didn't even talk. Now, it's a good place. New place, you have to get used to things. Living together now--there's more support that way. You get used to the house first, then gradually get used to the community. Go out for dinner and get to know the community better. Then you get into things you never dreamed of doing--like dancing, doing crafts, being on the council, altar serving, mentoring, going to yoga from 7 to 8pm on Wednesdays. This is my dream home! Jesus says go into all the world. That's a commandment. Just go to the places where you like to be. You'll meet new people. You'll get to know people you never dreamed of meeting. You'll get somewhere. By Kim Lageer and Janna Payne, L'Arche Daybreak

The Impact of L'Arche on Aging and Disability

You may be a family member, a friend, caregiver or health practitioner of someone with a disability who is aging and becoming more fragile and dependent. L'Arche offers wisdom and practical tools to face the challenge of aging with grace and dignity.  

The Impact of L'Arche on Families

“How will my child find her way in the world? Who will love and care for my son after I am gone?” These are the spoken and unspoken questions of all families who have a child or a sibling with an intellectual disability. L’Arche impacts the lives of thousands of family members across Canada who have someone in L’Arche. In turn, L’Arche celebrates the many ways families help to make L’Arche the best it can be.

The Impact of L'Arche on Young Leaders

Since L’Arche’s inception several hundred thousand young people have come to L’Arche communities around the world as assistants, to live with, care for, and build relationships with those who have an intellectual disability. They have become better people because of L’Arche. Many have found themselves transformed. Through their relationships with people who have intellectual disabilities they have discovered at a much deeper level who they are and how they would like to contribute to our world. They have grown into fully mature adults, able to face and grow through the challenges of life and to give leadership in many different fields.

The Impact of L'Arche on Professional Lives

One of the little known but powerful dimensions of L’Arche is its impact on the women and men who spend time in a L’Arche community as assistants. L'Arche has shaped the personal and professional lives of thousands of young people who take learning and wisdom from L’Arche into all walks of life. A far-flung network carries L’Arche values into careers around the world.