L’Arche Comox Valley:
•Bridges differences so people can experience the richness of relationships with those who have developmental disabilities and the gifts they possess;
•Accelerates their inclusion in the daily life of communities thereby creating a more caring and compassionate society;
•Ends the loneliness and isolation among people with developmental disabilities one individual at a time.
Founded by Canadian Jean Vanier in 1964, L’Arche has become an international movement with hundreds of homes in 40 countries, changing the way people with developmental disabilities are honoured and included.
L’Arche welcomes thousands of people with developmental disabilities into homes where they are respected and encouraged to share their unique contributions. In a world that has become increasingly fragmented and divided, L’Arche is an example of how people with differing intellectual capability, social origin, religion and culture can live and learn together.
About L'ARCHE COMOX VALLEY
L’Arche Comox Valley has been operating a residence, Jubilee House, since 2000. In 2006, we opened an Outreach Centre where people with developmental disabilities and others from the wider community share in learning, socializing, and creative arts. In 2017, the Outreach Centre was replaced by the I Belong Centre, which was built following a successful 3-year capital campaign. The IBC contains the Vanier Suites, a co-housing community; our Outreach activities, which are open to all adults with and without disabilities; and our administrative offices. In addition we have a supported living program to assist people living on their own.
The government provides funding for the basic needs of the core people in L’Arche. The additional programs that L’Arche provides receive no government funds. The I Belong Centre also relies on the community for its funding.