Communities Undergirded by Mutually Transforming Relationships

Board & Care Quality FORUM

In 1964, Jean Vanier first became aware of the thousands of men and women with intellectual disabilities who were living in institutions throughout France. He felt moved by God and his concern for these adults to invite two men to move from the institution where they had been residing to live with him in a house in Trosly-Breuil, France. Since that time, L’Arche (French for “the Ark”) has grown and flourished, with homes (referred to as “communities” by L’Arche) forming in countries around the world, and with the first L’Arche community being established in the United States in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1972.

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