An afternoon at the movies. A lunch at your favorite spot with friends. A few days away in the countryside. The opportunity to present one of your paintings in an art exhibit. These are the moments that we all treasure and make the memories in our lives!
This year, Kathy, a core member of L’Arche Toronto spent a glorious week at Windreach Farm along with a group of core members and assistants from L’Arche Toronto, even though she had just returned home after months in the hospital and rehab. She was able to make another wonderful memory!
Kathy has been living in a L’Arche Toronto home for seven years. Before that, she lived at home with her mother whose support needs increased and whose mobility decreased with the years. Kathy’s mother was no longer able to take Kathy out as often as before and didn’t have the energy for social activities. By the time her mother passed away, Kathy was isolated in her apartment and her social network had been reduced to immediate family only.
Soon after, Kathy was introduced to the L’Arche Toronto community and it was an instant fit! She was welcomed with open arms and quickly developed friendships in the community. Within a few months her social calendar was busier than ever before.
Kathy flourished as a person and witnessed the transformative power of community. She was supported with care and friendship through her transition, and it showed. The community was able to meet Kathy where she was, with patience and acceptance, and because of this experience, she was able to choose to participate in a fuller life.
Kathy opened up to new possibilities. During her first summer with L’Arche, she went to a cottage for a vacation, something she had never before been able to do because of some anxieties. She came back talking enthusiastically about the pond, the scenery, the walks and the board games.
Kathy’s days and nights are now full of meaningful activities. She participates in the Sol Express creative arts and performance programs and in regular community activities. This year Kathy showed one of her paintings in L’Arche Toronto’s Sol Express exhibit ‘A Part of Me is A Part of Us’ at Todmorden Mills.
Earlier this year, Kathy experienced some health issues of her own and needed to be hospitalized. Once again it was the L’Arche Toronto community that was with her every step of the way. She received countless visits from other core members, assistants and supporting members of the community. After a lengthy hospital stay and rehab ending in June, Kathy was thrilled to be able to join a group for the annual core member holidays.
Inclusive community participation dramatically improves the quality of life of someone with an intellectual disability. In fact, it is truly transformative. But, because these opportunities are not fully funded, we must raise $80,000 annually. With the help of generous donors we have raised $20,000 this fall, but we still need to raise another $60,000. Your generous support today will help Transform Lives and enable core members like Kathy to continue to benefit from specialized transportation, one-to-one support, meaningful day programs and a very vibrant community life.
Here’s how you can help:
- $1,000 will provide a one week holiday trip for one of our core members
- $560 will provide one person with Sol Express programming for half a month
- $238 will provide an individual with specialized transportation for one week
- $150 will provide one individual with one-to-one support for one day
- $50 will provide support for an afternoon social outing to the movies and, in Kathy’s case, her favorite, the Chocolate Factory
During this time of disrupted mail service, please donate online or give us a call at 416 406 2869 x 35. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making yours a monthly gift that will strengthen and sustain our programs on a regular basis and also reduce our administrative costs.
Your continued support will help provide inclusive community opportunities and wonderful memories! Thank you for making L’Arche Toronto a community, within the community, working with others to create a world where everyone belongs.