About Us

L'Arche brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities to live together as a faith community. In a world where people with disabilities are forgotten, neglected, and pushed to the margins of society, l'Arche envisions a world where people with disabilities are valued and their gifts nurtured. For 50 years l'Arche has dared to enact that world by creating communities of belonging, celebration, and peace. Our Core Members (people with disabilities) are not just the recipients of professional services, they're co-participants, agents of change helping to fashion a better world where everyone has their rightful place. L'Arche Atlanta opened its first home in 2012 where 3 core members and 3 assistants live together and share daily life in a house on Mead Road. 

L’Arche International History

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L’Arche was begun in 1964 when Jean Vanier invited two men with developmental disabilities, Raphael and Philippe, to leave their state institution and live permanently with him in his home in the French village of Trosly-Breuil. He called the home “L’Arche”, which is the French word for “The Ark.” This simple act of hospitality transformed Jean Vanier in ways he had not expected – his gesture of “service” led to a profound friendship and sense of community among the three men. Inspired by the beauty of this simple life together, others have gone on to begin L’Arche communities throughout the world.

Jean Vanier with Friend

 

Executive Director/Community Leader

Profile of Tim Moore

After graduating from Hastings College (Nebraska) in 2007 with a degree in Religion and Media, Tim felt a call to live and work with people with disabilities in L’Arche New Zealand where he fell in love with L’Arche's vision: a faith-based community for people of all abilities. It was a foundational experience that planted the early seeds of a vocational call.  The roots of that call grew deeper as Tim spent time as an assistant in one of the L’Arche houses in Washington DC.  There, Tim gained experience in a larger, more established community with a clear mission focusing on community life, professional services, and advocacy.

Tim moved to Atlanta in 2009 to begin a Master of Divinity degree at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. L’Arche was never far from classroom conversations as Tim and his colleagues discussed theology. Because of his experience of living in community with adults with disabilities, the principle questions that guided his theological reflection were around the L’Arche ethos. Tim graduated in May of 2012 with a concentration in Church and Community Leadership and a certificate in Religious Education that focused on teaching and formation as a way of transformation. While at Emory, Tim served two years as Student Body President, working with students, staff, and faculty to create a better common life for nearly 500 students while honing his leadership skills.

Tim joined L’Arche Atlanta as one of the founding assistants in August of 2012 where he brought his experience in two previous L’Arche communities to help give shape to the new rhythms of community life in Atlanta. By May of 2013, he had shifted to a hybrid role as a half-time live-in assistant and half-time Associate Director of Development and helped L’Arche Atlanta reach its 2013 financial goals. Tim recently returned from a retreat in Trosly, France, with L’Arche founder, Jean Vanier, where study and fellowship with L'Arche leaders from around the world renewed his call to life together in Atlanta.  

 

Friends of L'Arche Atlanta Board of Directors

James Washburn

Past President 

·      Attorney and Partner at Troutman Sanders LLP

 

Gayle Gellerstedt

President

  • Past President of the Junior League of Atlanta
  • President of the Board of the Whitefoord Community Program

 

Dana Keener-Mast

Communications Committee Member

·      Senior Manager of ICF International

 

Martha Moore-Keish, Ph.D.

Chair of Spiritual Life Committee

·      Associate Professor of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

 

Shannon Powell

Governance Committee

·      Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Midtown Alliance

 

Alison Poole, LMSW

Ops Committee

·      Assistant Director of Veteran Services, Hope Atlanta

 

MacKensie Brandt

Communications Committee

·      Campaign Associate, Coxe Curry

 

Ann Rushing

Treasurer, Ops Committee

·      CPA, Robins, Eskew, Smith, & Jordan (RESJ)

 

Michelle Hall

Development Committee

·      Vice President for Campus Life & Dean of Students, Oglethorpe University

 

Shayla Rumely

Development Committee

·      Trustee, Notre Dame University

 

Steve Siler

Vice President of Board & Chair, Development Committee

·      Campaign Director, Coxe Curry

 

Leslie Munson

Chair, Governance Committee

·      Licensed Psychologist & Clinical Director, Learning Assessment Center

 

L’Arche Atlanta Advisory Board

·      John Beane

·      Bill Funk

·      Gue' Hudson

·      Karen Gilbert

·      Kathy Ashe

·      Lizanne Stephenson

·      Mary Margaret Oliver

·      Trace Haythorn

·      Elizabeth Pearce