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L’Arche Toronto is seeking energetic, mature, compassionate individuals to be with and work alongside individuals with and without developmental disabilities. Successful applicants will belong to a community setting, learn new skills, and develop meaningful relationships. Assistants gain valuable life skills and opportunities for personal growth and leadership. More than a job, the assistant/direct support worker role offers an exceptional career opportunity and life changing adventure in friendship and self-discovery.
Daily Life of a Direct Support Worker/Assistant
Daily Life of an Assistant (Direct Support Worker)
The key to life in L’Arche is being open to relationship. Assistants (Direct Support Workers) 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: personal care, cooking, 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.
Assistants (Direct Support Workers) come with a broad range of backgrounds and qualifications. We are in particular looking for an educational background in Developmental Services (DSW), Social Services (SSW), or Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and/or 2+ years of experience in the Developmental Services Sector. All new assistants participate in a program of orientation and training. Compensation, benefits, days away and vacation time are provided.
You can do your co-op or field placement with L’Arche Toronto.
L’Arche Ontario has been recognized as one of the top 50 employers by the University of Waterloo Co-Op Program.
A Direct Support Worker/Assistant will be invited to:
Be changed by your friendships with people with an intellectual disability.
Change your perspective on what you value and how you see the world.
Gain confidence and competence as you develop new skills.
Learn how to live and work with people who are different than you.
Have an adventure in living and learning that just might change your life.
Learn the importance of celebrating the little moments of daily life.