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A lamp, but not under a bushel…

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that overall life expectancy in the United States had dropped for the first time in decades. The result was so rare and unexpected that many statisticians saw it as … Continue reading

Importance of Census 2020 to People with Disabilities.

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the controversial new citizenship question in next year’s Census questionnaire. The L’Arche community has another important reason to pay attention to the Census: people with disabilities tend to be undercounted. Even though the … Continue reading

Jean Vanier Memorial Events

Below is a listing of upcoming memorial events for Jean Vanier’s passing. If you would like to read more about Jean Vanier, please visit this page. May 22, 2019 Celebration of Life – L’Arche Spokane 6:30pm | Bethel Church of … Continue reading

Opinion: A Future Without the Disabled By: Melissa Florer-Bixler

This week I learned that the first genetically modified children were born. Chinese scientist He Jiankui made the announcement on a video that the “gene surgery” he performed on two embryos resulted in twin newborns who are immune to HIV. … Continue reading

Empowering to Make a Difference: Excerpts of Tina’s Address to the National Assembly and Regional Gathering

Empowering to Make a Difference is the theme of this Assembly.  Empowering means to increase our influence, to promote our capacity to self-actualize.  Empowering means to take responsibility for the beautiful simplicity, the enormous potential, the persistent complexity, the foundational tensions, the … Continue reading

A Vote, A Community of Welcome – From the National Assembly

At the end of the second day of L’Arche USA’s 2018 National Assembly and Western Regional Gathering, Lisa Shiltz, a L’Arche USA Board Member reflects upon her experience of welcoming as part of L’Arche.  I was nervous flying to Tacoma … Continue reading

A Voice, A Reflection – From the National Assembly

At the end of the first day of L’Arche USA’s 2018 National Assembly and Western Regional Gathering, we asked an Assistant (an individual without an intellectual disability) to reflect on her experience thus far. Malia has lived in a L’Arche … Continue reading

Pathway Initiative – The Impact of L’Arche

Donate Now I meet Greg in a coffee-shop: minimal design, polished surfaces, streamlined furniture… He is in his mid-30s and extremely successful in his career as a senior manager in a large corporation. Greg is wearing fitted jeans, a casual … Continue reading

Documentary About L’Arche Founding Released

Read: L’Arche USA Reflection View: Movie Trailer Summer in the Forest, recorded in France and Bethlehem, portrays Jean Vanier’s vision about living in community with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  Over the past fifty years, Mr. Vanier’s vision … Continue reading

The Welcome Initiative

James was one of many who welcomed me to the recent central regional gathering.  His allegiance to his local college football team featured prominently on his hat. Football was thus our first topic, not unusual for the American South.  Soon … Continue reading