The Yellow Brick Road

Or: Where Did We Come From and
Where Are We Headed?

From our beginning as a social justice study group group to our dream of a L’Arche Community in Northern Colorado we have walked many miles on the Yellow Brick Road. We have founded our board, received 501(c) (3) status, become an Emerging L’Arche Community and, the latest accomplishment, we are now a certified Provider Approved Service Agency (PASA) in Colorado.

We are traveling down that beautiful gold spiral road leading to the Emerald City, but what do we have to do next to get there?

1) Build the Friends of L’Arche Fort Collins Board

For this we need people with good hearts, brains, and courage, especially the following: leadership qualities, financial expertise, experience navigating governmental social programs, and fundraising talent.

2)Achieve Project Status with L’Arche USA so that we may open our first two homes

For this we need the following: families, caregivers, individuals with intellectual disabilities and others in the community wit hearts for such individuals to join us in regular gathering to connect, share, grow, and learn; and funds to enable us to acquire a couple of homes.

Relationships are at the heart of L’Arche! Fellowship is one of the most beautiful attributes of a L’Arche community, where core members and assistants share living — food, celebrations (singing and dancing), tasks, travel, and other wonderful experiences. They thus live in an oasis of belonging. One of the ways we honor Jean Vanier, the founder, is to build a larger community of people who support L’Arche, so who hope to live in the homes but most who will commit to supporting this beautiful vision of life.

How can you help?

  • Help us connect with people who have the skills we need on the board.
  • Come to our community gatherings, and the events we participate in.
  • Donate now!
  • Pray for our community, that we may be open and have the strength to carry out this vision.

Thank you for your involvement and support. Each brick on the yellow brick road is so important to paving the way. Perhaps the opening celebration of our first home will have to have a Wizard of Oz theme.

Meet: Richard Trebus

Hello Friends of L’Arche Fort Collins (FOLFC) supporters!

It’s a pleasure to be a part of your efforts to establish a L’Arche community in Northern Colorado. The process to become L’Arche can be a long and adventurous journey, but it is a path worth traveling. I know the journey well, having been a part of the group that established L’Arche Jacksonville some 25+ years ago.

I lived in and worked with L’Arche Jacksonville for 16 years before moving to Colorado to complete graduate studies at Colorado State University. Today I live in Boulder, Colorado with my two children, Sydney (15) and Malcom (18), and I operate a consulting business (Split Arrow Consulting) providing capacity building and organization development services to Provider Approved Service Agencies in Colorado.

Over the past eight years, I have worked with FOLFC’s Leadership Team on a variety of projects and activities in support of its efforts to become a member of L’Arche. Ever since I met Jane and Bill McClellan and Jennifer Pfiester, I have been welcomed as a long-distance member and trusted advisor. Thanks, FOLFC, for allowing me the opportunity to support your goals. These are exciting times, so keep up the great work. The journey to become L’Arche is definitely worth it!

-Richard Trebus

FOLFC Is Officially a PASA!

Friends of L’Arche Fort Collins (FOLFC) recently (August 2018) completed the application and approval process to become a certified Provider Approved Service Agency (PASA). PASA certification represents a significant step in FOLFC’s efforts to become a L’Arche community and open our first home supporting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

L’Arche USA requires each local community to meet the professional standards and quality assurance requirements of the regulatory agencies within its state. In Colorado, the regulatory agencies responsible for approval and ongoing monitoring of IDD service providers are the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).

The PASA approval process is a lengthy endeavor in which the prospective PASA is reviewed and audited by CDPHE and HCPF to ensure its business plan and operating procedures meet the standards of care for persons with IDD living in residential community settings in Colorado. Thanks to CDHPE and HCPF for their technical guidance and support and to our FOLFC team (Sarah Reichhardt, Jennifer Pfiester, Tammy Breeding, and Richard Trebus) for their work over the past year to make this happen.