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 Mexican community, El Arca de México, put its first roots down in the eastern part of Mexico City in Iztapalapa District, more than 30 years ago. The neighborhood was very welcoming towards the community and deep friendships with neighbours have grown up over the years.
However, during the last few years, we have had to recognise that the great local restrictions on the community’s potential for growth. The reason is twofold: a question around security, and an issue of difficult access due to heavy road traffic.
Thanks both to the generosity of donors and the hard work of the community members, El Arca de México (L’Arche Mexico) has now moved to a new house as of the start of January 2017. This is located in the region of Colonia San Pedro Martir in Delegacion Tlalpan, in the south-western suburbs of Mexico City.
The photos posted on their Facebook page bear witness to the joy and commitment of each, as they embrace this new exciting adventure. Their energy and talents knows no bounds! In this spirit, they are delighted to invite you into their new home, offering a joyful welcome to all-comers.
For more information about L'Arche around the world, visit : http://www.larche.org.
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
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