John Smith, the development and outreach coordinator of L’Arche Chicago shared with us a little more about what L’Arche does! L’Arche is a community of adults with and without developmental disabilities residing together and sharing daily lives. They commit to providing a vibrant home for life for adults with disabilities, and provide a place where adults without disabilities come to live and be transformed by the relationships that they establish there.
You can learn about their in-kind needs on their Zealous Good Charity Profile Page.
What is the best thing about the work you do?
The people! The community of L’Arche in Chicago is filled with joy-filled, loving, people who are engaging their faith and compassion towards one another in a beautiful way.
The greatest challenge is always funding. We live in a way that hopes to provide a sustainable model but relying heavily on the state means, sometimes, have to live with some uncertainty.
What makes your non-profit different?
The spirituality of L’Arche definitely sets us apart. And by spirituality, I don’t just mean our faith and understanding of who God is. Rather, we are living as a community of friends, which one typically will not find among residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities.
L’Arche was originally founded in France in 1964 by Jean Vanier. The vision for community life is drawn from many influences and Henri Nouwen lived in a L’Arche community in Toronto for 10 years.
What’s the best donation you’ve ever received through Zealous Good?
Best Donation: Our NEW office! (i.e. desks & file cabinets)