L'Arche USA

Goal of Program

L'Arche USA is part of the International Federation of L'Arche communities in which people with intellectual disabilities and assistants (some of whom are volunteers) choose to live and work together. There are 18 (and counting) communities and in the United States.

Type of Placement

This is a live-in or live-out placement in an intentional community. Volunteers may provide direct care for adults with intellectual disabilities. This includes physical and emotional care, as well as helping them participate in social and recreational activities. Volunteers may fulfill specific tasks that help create home, such as cooking, and light household maintenance. Volunteers may also help plan and/or participate in community events, celebrations, or programming.

Service Area

Urban and rural environments in the United States

Service Length

A preference of a one year year commitment, with the possibility of longer-term. A few communities offer short-term or summer placements.

Program Size

There are 18 L'Arche communities across the U.S. Depending on the size of the community, there are 10-45 assistants per community.


A willingness to live in an intentional community living with adults with intellectual disabilities and others wanting to share life together. Experience with people with disabilities is not required.

Financial Arrangements

Room and board, stipend, and medical insurance

Living Arrangements

Communities are comprised of homes where volunteers live with people with intellectual disabilities. Communities vary in size from one to seven homes. Some L'Arche communities also have day programs and workshops for people with intellectual disabilities.


Each community provides an individual orientation for volunteers. There may be additional trainings provided by L'Arche or the state. Volunteers are usually required to complete a CPR/First Aid course. There are opportunities to participate in personal and community retreats. Many communities offer opportunities to receive spiritual direction.

Application Deadline


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Parker Davis


2475 SE Ladd Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 503 282-6231


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