L’Arche Resources

L’Arche USA

L’Arche USA exists to amplify the voices of people who have intellectual disabilities; provide growth opportunities for people of all abilities; nurture the faith life of local communities; strengthen communities with resources and collaborative leadership; develop strategic partnerships; and found new communities.

L’Arche International

The Federation represents its members on a global level. It also supports communities, through leadership structures, training, administrative or financial assistance depending on the local needs. Through meetings and other means the Federation facilitates the sharing of experiences and resources.

The International Federation of L’Arche Communities is incorporated in France, with main office in Paris, France. The Federation is governed by an international board of directors and a General Assembly composed of representatives from its 152 member communities, each of which is incorporated, governed, and operated independently.

Faith and Light

Faith and Light is an international prayer community with more than 1,600 prayer groups in 81 countries made up of people who have intellectual disabilities, their families, and friends. They meet regularly for worship as a community and in small groups. The organization was born out of a desire to help people who have intellectual disabilities find a place within the church and society.

Other Resources

We recommend developing a network of relationships with other families and groups that can support you, share resources, and provide guidance. (These are all organizations outside of L’Arche Fort Collins, and we are not liable for their activities and information.) 

  • The Henri Nouwen Society fosters the spirituality of solitude, community, and compassion that was embodied in the life and teaching of Henri Nouwen. The internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. Henri spent the last 10 years of his life (1986-1996) in the L’Arche community of Daybreak in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, Canada.
  • Quality Trust works with individuals and family members to solve problems, identify opportunities for learning and contribution and find creative ways to minimize “differences” and make the most of each person’s abilities.
  • Independent Living Research Utilization provides research, education, and consultation in the areas of independent living, the Americans with Disabilities Act, home and community based services and health issues for people with disabilities.
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  enforces the employment provisions of the ADA. This question and answer page explains how the ADA applies to job applicants and employees with intellectual disabilities.