Do you want to be an assistant?

Are you a person who wishes to

  • Be changed by your friendships with people with an intellectual disability?
  • Change your perspective on what you value and how you see the world?.
  • Gain confidence and competence as you develop new skills?
  • Learn how to live and work with people who are different than you?
  • Have an adventure in living and learning that just might change your life?
  • Learn the importance of celebrating the little moments of daily life?
Life in a L’Arche community

The key to life in L’Arche is being open to relationship. Assistants and core members (people with intellectual disabilities) create home and share their lives together in households of approximately six to eight people.

Days are filled with ordinary tasks of daily living: cooking, bathing, cleaning, laundry, shopping, accompanying people to medical appointments attending regular community meetings and events. Home life is the cornerstone of L’Arche. The evening meal, birthdays, and times of prayer are cherished celebrations that strengthen the bonds between people who live and work together.

Most people come with a broad range of backgrounds and qualifications; the initial commitment is usually for one year. All new assistants participate in a program of orientation and training. Remuneration, benefits, days away, and vacation time are provided.

As part of a team of 3 – 5 assistants, House Assistants coordinate and participate in caring for the members of the home, following government guidelines and the policies and procedures of L’Arche.

Potential assistants possess the following
  • Warm and friendly nature
  • Easy to live and work with
  • Initiative
  • Effective communication skills
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Willingness to be a strong team member
  • Willingness to change and be open to new experiences
  • A good sense of humour is always appreciated in our homes!

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