L'Arche Greater Washington, DC
WISH LIST: $100: 2 weeks of transportation to work for 4 individuals; $500: 1 month of groceries for a L'Arche home; $1000: 1-month stipend for a live-in caregiver
Since the early 1980’s, L’Arche has opened four homes for low-income DC-area residents who have intellectual disabilities – often accompanied by physical disabilities and sometimes by mental health issues. The homes boast a one-to-one ratio of assistant to resident (a corps of volunteers helps as well) to meet the needs of 17 people. All require assistance with the activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, medication management, meal preparation, and transportation. But life has a normal rhythm: getting up, going to work, welcoming people home, eating dinner – so that joy can be found in the routines of daily living. Described as “the altruist’s dream” by Washington Post writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Katherine Boo, L’Arche is a model for how housing services for adults with intellectual disabilities should be designed. It provides “homes for life” for its core people, and profoundly affects the hearts and minds of those who work with them every day – assistants, volunteers, friends, and family. Your support makes a world of difference here.