"Sure, smaller houses make it easier to spot and respond to a problem early, but the biggest difference between L’Arche and traditional group homes is that assistants aren’t just here to do a job...We enter into relationships with each other with the understanding thateveryone has something to give and to receive."
Before Kate moved to L'Arche in India and L'Arche in Bangladesh, she lived in L'Arche Chicago. She shares beautifully of the joys, challenges, and gratitude she has encountered on this journey in L'Arche all around the world.
L'Arche Chicago was pleased to take part in the first Community Conversation on Faith & Disability on Thursday, October 19thsponsored by the Chicago Disability Coalition of which L'Arche is a member. Our hope is to continue to learn from each other as we share openly and honestly with each other and work together to benefit the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
Each home looks a little different. Because of the unique gifts of each person, the ways that people live together and celebrate each other are unique to each home. When Tim talks about what this “home life” looks like in Friendship House, he describes it as people “coming together as family.” Games (pool) are played together and trips (to the store, to the lake, to the Avenue) are taken together.