L’Arche – Activity Center Team Member

Mobile, AL
Year Founded: 1974
JVC partner for: 16 years

Population Served: L’Arche Core Members are adults with intellectual disabilities

Organization Description: L’Arche Mobile is part of the international federation of L’Arche communities in which people with intellectual disabilities and those who help them live, work, and share their lives together in a faith community. L’Arche was founded during 1964 in Trosly, France by Jean Vanier who has become internationally known for his ability to share the Gospel message with both the poor and/or intellectually disabled, as well as with the educated and the privileged. There are now 140+ communities in 36 countries. The Mobile community began in 1974. It consists of four homes and an activity center for people with an intellectual disability.

JV’s Role: The JV spends the majority of time accompanying the Core Members in their daily activities such as arts and crafts, going for walks, preparing meals, and simply being present. The activity center focuses on the needs and abilities of each person. Typical projects include activities such as recycling paper to make stationery, weaving and card making, drawing and painting. JVs serve in L’Arche communities in a number of cities around the country.

How JVs Make an Impact: “By introducing to the JVs our population, many have become lifelong supporters at other L’Arche communities and in other agencies serving similar populations, supporting our mission in many other roles.”