At L’Arche, people with and without intellectual disabilities live, work, and learn together, creating communities of friendship and belonging. We foster mutual relationships, celebrate the unique value of every person, and strive for a world where everyone can belong and contribute their gifts.
The L’Arche Winnipeg community is comprised of six homes, where Core Members (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Assistants share life together in a family environment. Each house has four to five Core Members and three to five Assistants.
Daily life in the homes is filled with various activities and includes much joy, as well as some challenges. In our individual journeys, we look to support one another in our growth. Through mutual support, communication, and a humble heart, you will discover meaningful belonging in L’Arche.
Please note that the application process is done through our national website, L’Arche Canada.
If you wish to join us L’Arche Winnipeg community, please indicate that in your application form.
If you are considering becoming an Assistant, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply. It will help you understand how the process works and what to expect.
Beginning the application process can seem overwhelming, so:
There are a few documents and items you should remember to bring with you before you travel! They are as follows:
On the date and time of your arrival at the Winnipeg airport, the Assistants Coordinator will organize travel to our community and take you to your house, where the Core Members and other Assistants will welcome you.
You will participate in the ongoing Orientation program during your first year as an Assistant along with other Assistants under one year. Orientation sessions are led by the Assistants Coordinator, and the program usually involves a two-hour meeting once a month.
The orientation period is dedicated to helping Assistants develop and strengthen relationships within the community, focusing on understanding L’Arche Winnipeg’s Mission and Identity and how these are lived. Orientation also helps develop your understanding of our community’s history, present-day life, and how we can apply our individual gifts.
The Assistants Coordinator oversees the program. Sometimes other community members are invited to lead various sessions.
Orientation meetings include a time of prayer and sharing. They can consist of some or all of the following subjects, depending on the needs of the group:
These topics are built from the seven components of the Department of Community Services’ minimum training standards. The topics are: