Press Release

Please Come and Join us at the 2nd Annual Golf Classic and Awards Dinner to help expand the L’Arche community in providing life-long homes for adults with developmental disabilities.

 CHICAGO (April 27, 2015) – L’Arche Chicago invites you to the 2nd Annual L’Arche Golf Classic Sponsored by Wintrust Banks at Ivanhoe Country Club on June 8, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. –  6:00 p.m. to benefit L’Arche Chicago, a community of adults with and without developmental disabilities sharing their lives in family-style homes.

The 2015 L’Arche Golf Classic will be a day of golf, dinner, raffle prizes, fun and friendship at the exclusive Ivanhoe Country Club. L’Arche Chicago core members and assistants will be there to greet guests at this first-class venue for golf and entertainment. Echoing our attendees from last year’s inaugural event, in a world of cynicism and negativity L’Arche provides a strong spirit of hope, laughter and mutual support that is palpable amongst our “core members” and assistants who live in community as well as all of the attendees at the outing.  

With the success of last year’s tournament, L’Arche was able to purchase a new home in suburban Forest Park. This year’s goal is to expand with an additional house in the same area to replace an older home on Austin Boulevard in Chicago and begin plans for growth in the Northern Suburbs.

To register for the event as a player or sponsor, or to purchase awards dinner tickets, contact Ashley Collins at L’Arche Chicago at (708) 660 1600,, or

 L’Arche will honor Sr. Maria Zeimen, Founding Director of L’Arche Chicago, and Kevin McDonald, of Mayer Brown with the 2015 Spirit of L’Arche Award recognizing their support of the foundation of L’Arche Chicago in 2000.

 In January of 1998, Franciscan Sister Maria Zeimen, joined Friends of L’Arche Chicago as the founding director. For two years, Maria and the ten board members worked tirelessly to lay the foundation for the new community of L’Arche Chicago. Working entirely off of individual donations, she opened the first house, welcomed the first assistants and core members, and brought her rich spirituality and dedication to the newly forming community.

 Kevin McDonald of Mayer Brown has been a strong supporter of L'Arche Chicago since its inception. He brought his legal wisdom, counsel, and services to establish L'Arche Chicago’s financial and legal stability. Kevin has stood ready to offer L’Arche legal advice or help, donating his expertise to create the current 501(c)3 structure and support numerous ongoing legal matters in our inception and has provided ongoing support the L’Arche community.

 “We couldn’t be more excited to honor these two generous and faithful servants who have established a firm legal and spiritual foundation for our community,” said Mic Altena, current Executive Director of L’Arche.

 Contact L’Arche to discuss how to help make this event a success and for questions regarding sponsorship levels.

 About L’Arche Chicago:

In 1964, Jean Vanier invited Raphaël Simi and Philippe Seux, two men with intellectual disabilities from a local institution, to live with him in a small home in Trosly-Breuil, France. This act of compassion planted the seed of what has become a worldwide movement of 147 L’Arche communities (, in 35 countries and on five continents. In the United States, L’Arche USA ( has 18 member communities in 15 states and the District of Columbia. L’Arche Chicago ( is a member of L’Arche USA. Located in the Oak Park/River Forest and Austin area, the community was founded in 2000 and has two homes where people with and without intellectual disabilities live side-by-side, building relationships of mutuality.

Jean was recently awarded the Templeton Prize which honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s breadth of spiritual dimensions, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Past winners include Desond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa.

 L’Arche Chicago provides life-long homes for adults with developmental disabilities—our “core members.” They live together with assistants who provide nurturing care in an environment of mutual trust and friendship. L’Arche Chicago is part of an International Federation of 140 L’Arche communities in 40 countries that is celebrating its 50th anniversary through 2015.

Mic Altena
Executive Director | Community Leader
L'Arche Chicago
1011 Lake Street, Suite 403 | Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 660-1600