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L'Arche Chicago

L'Arche Chicago is part of an international federation (40 years old) of group homes where people with and without developmental disabilities live together. L'Arche is faith-based and non-denominational and welcomes people of all faiths or of no faith. The key to our homes is the way that we attempt to live lives of mutual respect and love and sharing.

Each home has people with developmental disabilities at the heart, thus the term we use is 'core members' for people with developmental disabilities and 'companion assistants' for the staff who work with them. We are guided by our Charter which outlines four aims:
  • To create communities which welcome people with a mental handicap
  • To reveal the particular gifts of people with mental handicaps
  • To offer a sign that a compassionate society is measured by the degree to which it welcomes the marginalized members
  • To be a sign of hope, unity, faithfulness and reconciliation in a world often divided by race, intellectual ability, culture and class
L'Arche Chicago receives no state (Medicare waiver) funding. We have one group home for four adults and the two companion assistants who live with them. We are located on the far west side of Chicago, in the Austin neighborhood.


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