Vision L'Arche Atlanta envisions a world where everyone has a secure place of belonging in community, where people with and without disabilities can live in mutually transformative relationship, and where all people's gifts are valued and given a place from which to contribute to the wider society.
Mission* The mission of L'Arche is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships; to respond the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story; and to engage in our diverse cultures, working together towards a more human society.
Identity* In L’Arche, we are people, with and without intellectual disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an International Federation. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together. We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need of one another.
*The Mission and Identity Statements were formally adopted by the International Federation of L'Arche in 2008. Worldwide Movement "The same sense of communion unites the various communities throughout the world. Bound together by solidarity and mutual commitment, they form a worldwide family" -- from the Charter of the Communities of L'Arche
L'Arche Atlanta is one of 149 L'Arche communities in 37 countries around the world. Many are residential communities, others offer day or vocational programs, but all are united in the mission to build relationships among people with and without developmental disabilities. L'Arche International is a global leader in engaging, honoring, and celebrating people with developmental disabilities.
The first U.S. community was founded in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1972. Today there are 18 communities throughout the U.S. in three regions. The communities work and play together throughout the year, with Regional Council meetings for Community Leaders, trainings for Boards of Directors, assistant retreats, and a regional gatherings where core members, assistants, and leaders from all five communities come together for a weekend. L'Arche USA, the national organization, strengthens local communities, engages in advocacy work on behalf of those on the margins, and announces the gifts of people with developmental disabilities.