L'Arche Toronto is a registered charity and a community for women and men with and without intellectual disabilities. Each person is considered a gift and a contributing member of the society. Everyone belongs.
Founded on the principles of welcome and inclusion, we provide daily living and employment support, as well as a creative arts program, Sol Express, and a life skills program, Trying It on For Size.
L’Arche began in 1964 when Canadian Jean Vanier, who was living in France at the time, invited three men from the local institution to live with him. Jean was horrified at the lack of value society held for these men and others like them, and thought a simple life of mutual respect and appreciation might serve them all a bit better. This seed led to the springing up of several homes and communities around the globe, all inspired by Jean’s original human–to-human model.
L’Arche today is an international network of 152 intentional communities in 38 countries where people with intellectual disabilities and their assistants live, work, and create home together.
Follow this link to read our L'Arche Toronto Annual Report 2018 - 2019 HERE
What People Are Saying
"Each one of us, with our bodies, our minds, and our hearts, is beautiful. "
— Jean Vanier, L'Arche Founder
"Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness."
— Jean Vanier (Community and Growth)
"When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them."
— Jean Vanier (Finding Peace)