About L’Arche Antigonish
Situated in the small university town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, L’Arche Antigonish has been operating since 1979. Today, our community is home to 22 people with intellectual disabilities, living in 5 homes and 1 apartment. Our homes, day programs and summer camp offer a variety of learning experiences and foster a spirit of cooperation and a discovery of each other’s uniqueness.
As an interfaith, ecumenical community, we welcome people of all religious backgrounds and those with no religious traditions. Our focus is centered on the gifts and needs of women and men who live with an intellectual disability. Our community of L’Arche invites each of us through daily living and relationships, to grow in a greater appreciation of ourselves and one another.
Our homes and programs are integrated within the picturesque town of Antigonish, located on the eastern part of Nova Scotia. This region bordering the Northumberland Strait is surrounded by sandy beaches, rolling hills and forests. Antigonish is also home to St. Francis Xavier University. This well-known school offers an excellent academic environment for learners and its founding roots and values are based in social service and outreach to the local citizenry.
Student volunteers are a unique and integral aspect of L’Arche Antigonish. Their friendship with L’Arche has allowed us to experience a greater sense of belonging through participation in the various cultural and recreational activities in the area.
As a non-profit organization, L’Arche Antigonish is managed by a local Board of Directors and works collaboratively with the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services in developing programs for persons with intellectual disabilities.
The L’Arche Antigonish Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit society to respond to the funding needs not covered by the Department of Community Services. These “Friends of L’Arche” help the local L’Arche community participate in the regional, National and federation activities of L’Arche and to share the story and mission through various fundraising initiatives.