L’Arche at a glance

  • L’Arche is an international federation of communities in which people with and without intellectual disabilities work and share life together.
  • L’Arche communities usually consist of homes, workshops, and day programs.  In L’Arche homes, people with disabilities and those who assist them live together and are equally responsible for the life of their home and their community.
  • L’Arche communities are communities of faith, and while most are Christian and ecumenical, some communities, such as those in Japan and India, are multi-faith.  As a faith-based organization, L’Arche recognizes the spiritual and religious needs of all of its members, and welcomes and respects people from all faiths, as well as those with no religious affiliation.
  • There are over 140 L’Arche communities around the world in 38 different countries.  There are 29 L’Arche communities in Canada, seven of them in Western Canada.  L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, established in 1969, was the first L’Arche community in North America.