Turning a House into a L'Arche Home
Elbert found a new home!
Elbert excitedly repeated "Mmm, ooh, aah!" as we toured a vintage bungalow nestled in Forest Park with our realtor last month. "This is a gonna be my room," Elbert said decisively as he paused in one of the upstairs bedrooms.
“Here’s where I want to live now. I like everything in this house. It’s not too far from my job. Now it just needs a dresser, a desk for me, and a pool table to play pool!”
The First L'Arche Chicago House
Elbert was there when L’Arche went from an idea and a prayer to a generous family offering L’Arche an actual house to become Angel Home, the first L’Arche Chicago home in 2000. A community of friends and family now had a physical location where people with and without disabilities could share life together as Jean Vanier (the founder of L'Arche International) did 35 years before.
“I’m the first to move in. I moved in on a Saturday in the fall and it was snowing. I had faith in The Man Above and we got the house here. I moved in, then Jean moved in. There wasn’t a good home for me since my mom passed away and my sister passed away,” Elbert recalled. “I picked L’Arche because the people here are good friends and family.”