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Our Vision The vision of L’Arche is rooted in a fundamental belief that each person is of unique and sacred value.  The primary purpose of community is to help each person to discover, develop, celebrate and use their gifts for the good of others.  People who are labeled by their disabilities have gifts that are deeply needed in our world even if they are not always valued in the job market.  When others - family, friends, house-mates, co-workers, assistants, professionals - enter into relationships with persons with disabilities where each gives and each receives, it is life-giving for both.  This ‘mutuality’ can lead to healing and growth for individuals and their communities.
People with disabilities need particular supports which make them more vulnerable.  Their obvious vulnerability can be disturbing to themselves and others, sometimes leaving them isolated and at risk.  Yet vulnerability and our need for one another is the pathway to self-acceptance, meaningful relationships, and ultimately deep joy and gratitude.  People with disabilities, when they are known and loved, are capable not only of walking this path, but also of leading others to it. The vision of L’Arche, inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus, is of a world where all people are truly welcomed regardless of age, gender, ability, faith, or culture.  It is a vision shared by many others who work for peace and justice, equality and human dignity.  It is a vision that we try to live in our daily life, in our many celebrations and in the ways we reach out in hope to the world around us.
Jean Vanier “L’Arche is a school of love where we learn to love others who are different.  This requires each person to grow in humility and to work on themselves.  It means learning to see each person as somebody in whom God dwells, a person from whom we can receive gifts and who can help us to grow in love.  The belief in the inner beauty of each and every human being is at the heart of all true education and at the heart of being human.”   (September 2009) 
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L’Arche Arnprior.  Website Design & Hosting by Mark Cassanto & Associates.

Our Vision

The vision of L’Arche is rooted in a fundamental belief that each person is of unique and sacred value.  The primary purpose of community is to help each person to discover, develop, celebrate and use their gifts for the good of others. People who are labeled by their disabilities have gifts that are deeply needed in our world even if they are not always valued in the job market.  When others - family, friends, house-mates, co- workers, assistants, professionals - enter into relationships with persons with disabilities where each gives and each receives, it is life-giving for both.  This ‘mutuality’ can lead to healing and growth for individuals and their communities.
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