Our Mission Is To:
Make known the gifts of people who have intellectual 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.
Programs and Services
The L’Arche Erie community centers around life-giving and life-changing relationships, led by the adults with intellectual disabilities (called core members). Some of our community members, including core members and assistants, live together in L’Arche homes . While providing needed housing and support services, L’Arche also offers much more: we are a community that supports each other, whether we live with the experiences of intellectual disabilities or not, through daily joys and challenges. L’Arche focuses on holistic, person-centered care within relationships, offering a model of inclusive living. We are a community that advocates with other, and especially with core members, for our personal preferences and goals.