- To make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities revealed through mutually transforming relationships.
- To engage in our diverse cultures, working together towards a more human society.
- To foster an environment in communities that is inspired by the core values of our founding story, and that responds to the changing needs of our members.
“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.” Excerpt from letter of Jean Vanier - September 2009.
Jean Vanier, son of Canada’s former Governor General Georges Vanier, founded L’Arche in 1964. Jean Vanier, a Canadian, is one of the foremost visionaries of our time in advocating for people with intellectual disabilities.
L’Arche Daybreak, founded by Steve and Ann Newroth in 1969, is the oldest and largest L’Arche community in North America.
We are blessed with such a vibrant and diverse community. L’Arche Daybreak is non-denominational and inter-faith. In all that we live at Daybreak, we celebrate our diversity, whether in ability or faith tradition or culture, as these differences weave a beautiful tapestry which reflects our core belief that all people have unique and sacred value.
Over time, our eight homes have become established in the local neighbourhoods of Richmond Hill.
11339 YONGE ST
RICHMOND HILL, ON