Welcome to L'Arche Atlanta
Imagine. Community. Differently.
L’Arche, “the Ark” in French, is a high-impact international federation of over 140 communities worldwide whose mission is to build community with people of all abilities and to help our society imagine the human family differently, inspiring others to similar initiatives. We do this primarily through small homes where three adults with intellectual disabilities and three assistants share life together, living in the manner of a family, trusting God and living fully engaged lives in the larger community. Each L’Arche community is a grassroots, local effort and L’Arche Atlanta opened our first home in August of 2012.
“L’Arche Atlanta [has] changed the lives of our community members and made Decatur a better place for us all… you have inspired me to develop housing for [my daughter] and others with developmental disabilities. L’Arche has provided the ideal model.”
- Beate Sass, Oakhurst resident
"During my visit to L'Arche Atlanta, I was moved and challenged by their unwavering commitment to knowing, loving, caring for, and supporting each person as an individual and as a member of a diverse community. They are a shining example of the way in which we should all be living."
- Carolyn Lullo, PhD in Disability Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Disability and Human Development, AUCD/CDC Fellow in Disability and Health Promotion
"I am thankful to the core members, staff and leadership of L’Arche Atlanta for their willingness to share a vision of community that speaks clearly about what is possible when we begin from the belief that each of us is uniquely gifted to contribute to a community of love, acceptance and belonging. I particularly appreciated the community members’ honesty in sharing both stories of triumph and struggle."
- Mark Crenshaw, Director of Interdisciplinary Training, Center for Leadership in Disability, Georgia State University