L'Arche Comox Valley
Our Impact Why We Exist
The mission of L'Arche is to...
- Make known the gifts of people with intellectual 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.
- Engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more humane society.
L'Arche communities centre on relationship and a shared life. People with and without disabilities make their home together, in a spirit of mutuality, respect and equality, recognizing that all bring different gifts but that all are in the same boat.
Through community life and by valuing diversity, L'Arche seeks to be a sign of hope, unity and reconciliation. L'Arche believes that whatever their gifts or limitations, people are all bound together by their common humanity. Everyone is of unique and sacred value, and everyone has the same dignity and rights.
Our mission in the Comox Valley is to...
- Create homes where faithful relationships based on forgiveness and celebration are nurtured.
- Reveal the unique value and vocation of each person
- Change society by choosing to live relationships in community as a sign of hope and love.
In the Comox Valley, L'Arche supports Jubilee House, a household of individuals with and without disabilities who live together, as well as an Outreach and Creative Arts Centre providing activities and a place of welcome.
We at L'Arche Comox Valley have come together to build a community where our lives are signs of hope and love. At the heart are persons with a developmental disability and those who choose to build community together.
Our Story What We Do
L’Arche started in a small rural village in France in 1964, when Canadian Jean Vanier, son of former Governor General Georges Vanier, was invited by Father Thomas Philippe to live with two men, Raphaël and Philippe.
Forty-seven years later, L'Arche is an International Federation of 136 communities in 40 countries in 5 continents engaging in diverse cultures and faiths.
"The essence of our communities is this ‘living with.’ We are called, certainly, to serve with all our ability and to help those who are weaker to develop, but the foundation of this helping is found in friendship and the communion of hearts, which allows us all to grow."
- Jean Vanier
Our Programs How We Do It
The Outreach and Creative Art Centre
L'Arche Comox Valley currently provides housing for four core members and four live-in assistants. We organize day programs and accompaniment for an additional four members whose programs are individually coordinated and supported. Our community runs an Outreach and Creative Arts centre (our Feature Program) that is open to all residents of the Comox Valley.
What You Can Do
All gifts, large and small, make a difference in the community. Click here to learn about the many ways to financially support L'Arche's work.
L’Arche Comox Valley is a registered charity and all contributions to its work receive a charitable donation tax receipt.