What is a L’Arche Assistant?
Current Opportunities Available
Day Support Assistant
Apply to be a Day Support Assistant (DSP), a direct support position where you would support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) with their daily goals and activities.Read more
Live-Out Caregiving Assistant (DSP)
Apply to be a Live-Out Assistant (DSP), a caregiving position where you would support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in one of our three community homes.Read more
Live-In International Volunteer Assistant
Apply to be a live-in international volunteer with L'Arche Chicago, a volunteer position where people from around the world dedicate a year to supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) while living with them in one of our three community homes.Read more
Live-In Caregiving Assistant
Apply to be a Live-In Assistant, a caregiving position where you would support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) while living with them in one of our three community homes.Read more
L’Arche Chicago is a place where adults with and without intellectual disabilities live together and share friendship, building a community strengthened by faith.
Active, compassionate and approachable management and leadership
Lower staff to client ratios
Usually 1:2, often 1:1 in smaller sizes homes, with a maximum of 4 core members per home.
Equitable policies, procedures, PTO requests and team cultures that are fun and generous towards each other.
Close proximity homes
Our 3 homes are in close proximity to each other in the Oak Park / River Forest area.
Above average DSP staff retention rate
65% of our staff has been with L’Arche for over a year, and many have been with the community for 5 years or more.
Above average DSP salaries
Starting at $17.00 per hour with generous benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance and 401k matching.
What would I be doing?
When those with intellectual disabilities in the homes need support at doctors’ appointments, with medication administration, and with banking and shopping, assistants are trained to support them. Assistants help with the implementation of occupational, physical, and behavioral therapies and maintain records and paperwork in compliance with the Division of Developmental Disabilities. You care for the homes, grocery shop, prepare meals and provide the necessary transportation for community integration.
There is no one profile of a person qualified to be a L’Arche assistant. People join us from many different backgrounds and walks of life. L’Arche Chicago will provide you with the necessary training to thrive in your role, as well as on-going formation as it relates to both your role as a direct support professional and life in an intentional community.
Many L’Arche assistants live and work in L’Arche for a year or two. Some renew their commitment at the end of that time, and some build long-term homes in L’Arche.
Assistants often point to their time with L’Arche as a time of deep personal transformation, where a lasting commitment to people with disabilities is formed through real relationships of mutual support with core members. L’Arche strives to model a vision of humanity where people with disabilities are at the center. By answering the call to live in our community, assistants are an integral part of bringing that vision to life.
Come and see what we’re all about!