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Blog 20th February 2024

Ahoy Nate!

We've had lots of amazing people come share life with us for a few years.  Below is an interview where we catch up with one of our beloved L'Arche Chicago alum!

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13th February 2024

Leading Together

Mic, Cassie, and Anders took part in a week long experience and exploration of inclusive leadership in Leavenworth, Kansas. Mic shares more about the experience and learnings from the week.

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22nd January 2024

Celebrating 5 Years

Hear how Andrew has learned how to be more patient with himself and with others, to be kind to himself, and to embrace community and share life with many different people in his five years at L'Arche Chicago.

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22nd December 2023

Waiting In Our Moments

We live in a world in which we can get what we want now, or to get answers to our questions immediately, or find the best ways around Chicago traffic. But sometimes waiting is necessary and may be good for us.

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Blog 13th December 2023

Remembering Elbert

Elbert Lott passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, December 8th. Director of Care Evangeline Smith, who lived several years at Friendship House with Elbert, reflects on his life and legacy

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Blog 1st December 2023

A Time For Fall Socks & A Time For Kissy Socks

"For everything there is a season." Noah continuously reminds me that there is a time for everything, and everything should be in its time. Noah reminds our whole community of this regularly.

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Blog 15th June 2023

Breaking Ground and Building Belonging

Two weeks ago, with a little bit of confetti and a whole lot of rain, we gathered to celebrate and mark the beginning of construction on our 4th home in Oak Park. Surrounded by family, friends and new neighbors, we huddled under a tent, as it poured down rain, singing “It’s you, it’s me, it’s us, it’s God, it’s love, that builds community.”

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Blog 2nd March 2023

An Internship in Human Relationships

Hello! I am Ailynn Duarte, a current live out assistant at Angel House and student at Loyola University Chicago. This summer I had the amazing opportunity to intern as a live-in assistant.

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23rd February 2023


Being an assistant is a deeply fulfilling role that provides clarity and a deeper appreciation for what it means to be human. I’m lucky to share my time with people who vary wildly from myself in their journeys and experiences, allowing me to learn from various disciplines, vocations, and personal interests.

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Reflections 23rd February 2023

A Black History Month Reflection

This month's reflection is on how Black History Month started and how important it is that we keep the memories of those who came before us and those now who have contributed so much to our world.

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Blog 5th February 2023

Remembering Laurence Msall

I first met Laurence in 2009 when I was working part-time as a support worker at L’Arche. He and his family hosted us for a Christmas dinner in their home. Still being new to Chicago, it was one of the first homes I’d been invited to. I couldn’t have been more warmly welcomed by Laurence, even though I was a new, occasional face in L’Arche.

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Blog 21st December 2022

What It’s Like to Have L’Arche as a Neighbor

I don’t know what I’d do without L’Arche as my neighbor. When I was a child “neighborhood” equaled “community.” But for many reasons we’ve lost that. L’Arche has helped to renew a sense of what neighborliness is all about—taking care of each other through prayer, care and spending time together. If a L’Arche house moves into your neighborhood, you’ll be sure to see what it means to “love thy neighbor.” 

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