About Us

the identity & mission of L’arche communities

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 north bay

L’Arche North Bay welcomes men and women with intellectual disabilities and the assistants who live, work and learn with them. People are drawn to our community from all over the world seeking a different way of life and bringing with them a variety of beliefs, backgrounds and qualifications. Inspired by a desire to make a difference with their lives, assistants come to discover a sense of purpose that is born out of the challenge of community life. Orientation and training for assistants fosters personal growth, competence and lasting friendships.

The key to L’Arche is relationships of mutual care and respect. L’Arche is committed to providing a safe life and working environment for all, particularly the most vulnerable. All persons have a right to be and feel safe in these settings, free from all forms of abuse and harassment. L’Arche provides training on the Abuse and Complaints policy and procedures for all personnel and volunteers who have direct contact with individuals with intellectual disabilities. L’Arche also provides an annual training program for all individuals with intellectual disabilities on abuse awareness and prevention. The language and tools used are geared to each person’s learning style and capacity. 

Many local friends participate in our community. L’Arche North Bay is a positive example of how people of different intellectual capacity, social origin and culture can live and learn together.