- 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.
About L'Arche Stratford:
Founded by Jean Vanier in 1964, L'Arche has become an international movement that is centered on the gifts and needs of people with intellectual disabilities. In 2015, Jean Vanier won the Templeton Prize for his humanitarianism. Today, L'Arche includes 154 communities in 38 countries around the world.
L'Arche Stratford was founded by Marjorie Pickersgill with Gary McRae in 1973 to become the 5th L'Arche community worldwide. L'Arche Stratford has 24 core members, 4 homes, 2 townhouses, 4 apartments and the largest Supported Independent Living program in Ontario. In addition, L'Arche Stratford purchased a building on Britannia Street which will be renovated to create a community hub.
L'Arche Stratford is a dynamic example of how people with and without disabilities of different intellectual capacity, social origin, religion and culture can live and learn together.
What People Are Saying
"I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes." "
— Jean Vanier, Founder of L'Arche