What is L'Arche?

 
 

L'Arche is an...

International Federation dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 1964 when Jean Vanier welcomed two men with disabilities into his home in the town of Trosly-Breuil, France. Today, it is an international organization operating 147 communities in 35 countries, and on all five continents.

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Worldwide, L'Arche is organized into regional and national groupings of independent, locally operated agencies which it calls "communities". Each L'Arche community normally comprises a number of homes and, in many cases, apartments and day programs as well.