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One of the things I’ve learned while being a part of L’Arche is the gift of imperfection in daily life.
DAILY LIFE OF AN ASSISTANT
L’Arche Ontario has been recognized as one of the top 50 employers by the University of Waterloo Co-Op Program.
The key to life in L’Arche is being open to relationship. Assistants and core members (people with intellectual disabilities) create home and share their lives together in households of eight to ten people.
Days are filled with the ordinary tasks of daily living: cooking, bathing, cleaning, laundry, shopping, accompanying people to medical appointments attending regular community meetings and events. Home life is the cornerstone of L’Arche. The evening meal, birthdays, and times of prayer are small but cherished celebrations that strengthen the bonds between people who live and work together.
Most people come with an initial commitment of one year. Assistants come with a broad range of backgrounds and qualifications. All new assistants participate in a program of orientation and training. Compensation, benefits, days away and vacation time are provided.