At first glance, L’Arche is simply a housing program for people with intellectual disabilities. But spend a day at one of its four homes (two in Adams Morgan and two in Arlington), and you will find much more: a loving community where people with and without disabilities live together as a family. Live-in assistants provide daily support to 16 adult “core people” (persons with disabilities) who require assistance with the activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, medication management, grocery shopping, and transportation to social activities, work, and medical appointments. Meanwhile, core people also contribute in significant ways, leading household meetings, planning meals, and orienting new residents, in addition to working on personal goals. Building friendships is, of course, a mutual task – one that comes naturally as housemates do chores together, share daily meals, and enjoy group field trips and vacations. Quite simply, L’Arche provides “homes for life” for its core people, and profoundly affects the hearts and minds of those who work with them every day. Your support makes a world of difference here.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; VA-Arlington County; Adams Morgan Neighborhood; Day Programs are throughout City; Arlington

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

  • Number of volunteers who work with your organization annually:   81
  • Number of guests we host for dinner annually:   200
  • Number of overnight guests learning about inclusion and the spirituality of disability annually:   18
  • Number of presentations conducted annually:   24
  • Percentage of assistants who remain beyond one year:   84%

Awards & Recognition

One of the Best - Catalogue for Philanthropy 2007-2008


Budget (FY2014)

  • The current budget for L'Arche Greater Washington, DC is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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