L'Arche is a place of high quality care

L'Arche is a place of high quality care

"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 that everyone has something to give and to receive."

L'Arche is a place of belonging

L'Arche is a place of belonging

Evangeline, House Coordinator in Friendship House writes, "Homecoming. Belonging. It’s this ability to be sent off well, and to be welcomed home with beautifully open arms."

Jean and Katie Share Their Story

Jean and Katie Share Their Story

At Community Night this month, Jean and Katie shared their friendship and their StoryCorps interview from a few years ago. Listen to the audio!

Celebrating the Artists

Celebrating the Artists

This past week, Elisha, Tim, Christianne, Jean, and Mike received awards at the Arts of Life Chicago Awards Show!

No "Right" Way to Live in L'Arche

No "Right" Way to Live in L'Arche

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.

A Community Conversation in Oak Park

A Community Conversation in Oak Park

L'Arche Chicago was pleased to take part in the first Community Conversation on Faith & Disability on Thursday, October 19th sponsored 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.

Of Transitions and Transformations

Of Transitions and Transformations

The most obvious community transitions are those related to house team changes, but the biggest transitions are actually less visible - and less talked about. 

Making sure the coffee is made

Making sure the coffee is made

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.