Imagine a life of loneliness as a person with an intellectual disability.
You find yourself often alone at home, accompanied only by a television, for more than eight hours of the day. Your parents, tired and in need of respite, often work two jobs to help sustain you and other members of your family. Your school days behind you, you no longer see your friends and you have lost the daily routine used to bring meaning to your days. There’s got to be more to life than this. You have so much life to share, and so many emotions that are bottled up which you don’t know how to express or what to do with.
Your siblings are moving out to begin the next phase of their lives and you don’t know why your life isn’t changing. Why can’t you get out and do all the things you dream of doing? You don’t know, but your parents seem to know. They know that so many people just like you are on waiting lists, but there is not enough funding to allow L’Arche to welcome you… why not?
Our Impact in North Bay
In North Bay and surrounding areas, there are many people with intellectual disabilities who are on waiting lists. L’Arche North Bay currently provides services for:
- 14 core members in 3 L’Arche homes and a day program. Our core members give back to our neighbourhood. They are active in their churches, sports clubs and with their families.
- over 30 employees (including 13 live-in Assistants)
OUR IMPACT IN CANADA
There are 136,500 Canadians over age 15 with an intellectual disability; about half are underserviced and on waiting lists. The average waiting time for residential placement is over 10 years. L’Arche has:
- 29 L’Arche communities from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island
- 528 individuals living in L’Arche homes and apartments
- 271 individuals who do not live in a L’Arche home but receive work and day support from L’Arche
- 671 part/full-time assistants and employees
- 458 volunteers
OUR IMPACT INTERNATIONALLY
OVER 5000+ MEMBERS, 151 COMMUNITIES, 14 COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN 37 COUNTRIES
L’Arche communities around the world belong to an International Federation.
The role of L’Arche International, as a unifying organization, is to support its members administratively, legally and financially and help them live out their mission. The Federation seeks to promote diversity and solidarity across geographical and psychological borders.
“Whatever their gifts or their limitations, people are all bound together in a common humanity” – Jean Vanier