About L'Arche

L'Arches' Identity and Mission

The International Federation of L’Arche consists of 133 communities in 35 countries around the world, which are organized into nine zones. L’Arche USA is one of these nine zones.

Each L’Arche community, in each country and in each zone, is unified by the following:





Statement of Identity and Mission:

We are people, with and without developmental disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an International Federation. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together. We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need of one another.

Our Mission is to:
  • Make known the gifts of people with developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships; 
  • Foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story; and
  • Engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.


L'Arche's Charter
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The best way to learn about L'Arche is to view videos and meet the people involved. The following are worth more than any words can say.

It's all about love
Tahoma Hope Community
Bobby's Story
L'Arche Lambeth Community
L'Arche Winnepeg
L'Arche Spokane


Links to L'Arche Web Pages

L'Arche USA Home Page
L'Arche International Home Page
L'Arche International video series