At L'Arche Portland, people with and without intellectual disabilities work together to create home and build community. Those with intellectual/developmental disabilities form the heart of our shared life and invite others into mutual relationships. We welcome each person's unique gifts and challenges, and offer opportunities for personal transformation.
At the heart of our process of welcoming a new core member (person with intellectual/developmental disability) to our community, our primary goal in discernment is to find someone who desires this form of cooperative community living; and who will be a “fit” with our current constellation of core members, e.g., appropriate need level and compatible personality.
Outlined below are some key elements for this fit with our model:
- We are seeking someone who will enter into community life and develop relationships within the L’Arche home and our extended community. This includes attending community functions as well as interacting with others on a daily basis.
- We are seeking someone who will consider L’Arche Portland as their home. While each person’s personal and family relationships are welcomed and valued, core members are supported to cultivate primary relationships within the L’Arche community as well.
- Core members must be able to adjust to transitions. Long-term relationships are at the heart of our mission, and at the same time, change is a constant in L’Arche. The average stay for our care assistants is one to two years. Daily life in the home involves cooperation amid varied schedules and personalities, as well as the spontaneity that community life must welcome.
- A prospective core member must have a vocational placement or alternative to employment before entering our community, or have assurance of such a placement when they come.
- L’Arche Portland welcomes people from all faith traditions and spiritual paths, and encourages our homes to create time for prayer together. A core member should find it supportive to share life in a community that honors the personal and spiritual components of human development.
Although finances are not the most critical criterion, the funding of the applicant will be a component for consideration. Applicants will be advised of the feasibility of placement if their funding is substantially lower than what we need to meet our expenses per person.
Again, we are excited to begin this process of welcoming a new core member. If you know of anyone interested, please call the office at 503-251-6901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Thank you for your consideration and assistance,
Andrew J Noethe