Dear Community Friends,
We hope you will join us as we work to continue the mission and legacy of L’Arche in Toronto. Your donation will help to sustain our community of hope and joy!
At L’Arche Toronto, core members discover home, friendship, support for daily life, a variety of ways to engage in the community, a circle of support, and a sense of hope. Assistants, who live side by side with core members in our homes, also discover home as well as a place to learn and grow, develop relationships and build lasting friendships.
Individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families in the broader Toronto community discover meaningful, innovative programs such as Sol Express, a creative arts and performance program, and Trying It on For Size (TIFS), a life-skills coaching adventure that builds independence and creates places of belonging for participants.
Families, community members, volunteers and donors discover meaningful relationships and friendships, new energy in connecting to L’Arche values, and creative ways to support a valuable organization and mission – a community of joy.
L’Arche Toronto is so much more than a not-for-profit organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities. It is a strong and vibrant community that gathers together women and men of varying abilities to bring to life the transformative vision of L’Arche in Toronto. This array of impacts comes with a cost, despite generous government funding. Many vital aspects of our mandate can only be funded through the generosity of partners like you. Please make a contribution to L’Arche Toronto today.
Sol Express programming costs are not government funded. Regular programs and creative outreach into the community, such as performing at the Toronto Fringe Festival or exhibiting art at the Papermill Gallery, rely on donations and grants. Costs to create, rehearse and mount shows at the Fringe are approximately $5,000. Each year, close to 1,000 people come to appreciate the talents of individuals with intellectual disabilities as we take these productions and art exhibits to the broader community.
Members are aging and experiencing mobility and cognitive issues and begin to require a higher level of day time support. One-to-one day-time support can cost over $150 per day or $1,050 per week.
L’Arche Toronto’s annual community weekend brings together core members, assistants, volunteers and other community members for a time of reflection, sharing and celebration. These weekends can incur costs of over $1,000 but are an invaluable component of community building.
Every year, L’Arche Toronto provides leadership training, a fundamental component of L’Arche’s learning and development program. The cost of each training session is over $500 per participant.
Please donate to L’Arche Toronto as it offers its members rich and varied opportunities for personal development, community building, and integration into the wider Toronto community.
Think of Patricia, whom we recently welcomed to our community. She had been living in very difficult circumstances, but on the day when we invited her to move into a new home in L’Arche Toronto, she responded with a YES that was full of hope. Patricia’s joy, fun and laughter bring an energy that resonates through us all. Patricia's artwork is shown above.
Partner with us to live out the mission of L’Arche. Please take a few moments to donate today!
If you haven’t already done so, please consider becoming one of our sustainers, and make a monthly gift that will help to maintain our programs and reduce our administrative costs. The secure online link is www.larchetoronto.org/monthly.
Your donation will help to sustain our community of hope and joy.
We wish you a very safe and warm holiday season, a Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year!
Executive Director and Community Leader