Almost on a weekly basis we get questions asking how a loved one can become a resident in a L'Arche home (we call the adults with developmental disabilities who live in our home Core Members). Please read all the information below and then fill out the Contact Us form if you have additional questions.
First, we understand the search process can be daunting and we are honored by your interest in L'Arche Atlanta.
L'Arche Atlanta currently has one home that is at full occupancy. Core Members often age in place within a L'Arche home, and so there is very little turnover. We will be opening a second home as early as 2021. If you're interested you can fill out the form below and send it to Matthew Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Rita Haggerty at email@example.com and we will keep it on file and reach out to you with information on our process when we have an opening. All of our residents must have a Georgia Medicaid COMP waiver.
If you are unfamiliar with the Medicaid COMP waiver, here are a few resources:
Medicaid COMP waiver application (Application for a Home and Community-Based Services Waiver): visit Georgia Medicaid Waiver programs and find the application at the bottom of the page
L'Arche-specific eligibility criteria: Many families have already applied for their loved one to have a spot at the second house; however, admissions will not be on a first-come, first-served basis. That is because of the complexity of matching housemates that would get along well with one another and then matching their diagnostic profiles with our staffing capacity. For example, a registered nurse oversees our staff; however, our staff members are not health care providers or clinicians so we would not be able to properly accommodate significant medical fragility from multiple Core Members and/or challenging behaviors (self-harm, elopement, hoarding, etc.) from multiple Core Members. Also, and equally as important, L'Arche Atlanta has prioritized diversifying all levels of the organization (Core Members, staff, board, etc.) so socioeconomic, racial, gender, and ability diversity will also be considered. We take the admissions process very seriously and we are committed to deliberate and equitable admissions.
"L'Arche communities are places of hope. Each person, according to his or her own vocation, is encouraged to grow in love, self giving and wholeness, as well as in independence, competence and the ability to make choices." -- The Charter of the Communities of L'Arche