Being an Assistant
L'Arche Calgary has many Assistant roles but what is unique to L'Arche is the concept of a live-in assistant.
If you are interested in applying to become a live-in Assistant at L’Arche Calgary, the following may help you have a better understanding as to what would be involved in your role.
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?
Become a Live-in Assistant at L’Arche Calgary
We seek people who are open to learning and growing, meeting new challenges, discovering their own and others gifts, and being transformed by sometimes unexpected friendships.
The key to life in L'Arche is being open to forming meaningful relationships. 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 the 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, birthday celebrations, and times of prayer are cherished celebrations that strengthen the bonds between people who live and work together. As part of a team of 3-4 assistants, Live-in Assistants organize, coordinate and participate in caring for the members of the home, following governmental guidelines and policies and procedures of L'Arche Calgary.
Most people come with an initial commitment of one year. Assistants come with a broad range of backgrounds and qualifications. The first requirement is that applicants have a desire to share life together in a community setting. All new Assistants must participate in an intensive orientation and training. Remuneration, benefits, days away and vacation time are provided.
If you are interested in becoming an Assistant at L’Arche Calgary, please complete the online application form at www.larche-work.ca. If you are interested in coming to Calgary in particular, you can indicate this preference in your application.
We invite you to join us!