Our Homes

There are five L’Arche homes in Calgary for adults with developmental disabilities. We call our residents core members and they live in the homes with their live-in Assistants who come to share life with us from all around the globe. Our homes are located close to the Chinook Centre and are about 5 Km south of downtown Calgary. All homes are easily accessible to each other.

L'Arche homes are where the "mutuality of relationships" comes to life every day. We introduce spirituality, welcome guests and neighbours, keep conversations flowing while eating meals together with families and friends, pray together, celebrate birthdays and other milestones, share daily chores, plan outings and invite others to go on walks.

 

Our core members and Assistants will always remember their home as a place of belonging and a place to celebrate the unique gifts of each occupant. Our weekends are packed full with bowling, movies, going to concerts, and exploring the natural playground just a short distance from the city.

All of our homes are fully licensed and maintain high standards of care. L'Arche works with health professionals and government bodies to ensure the safety and quality of life of each person with a disability.

Supported Independent Living Program (SILP)

 

Members of the community live in apartments or in alternate housing outside the houses themselves. These members require varying levels of support, which is provided from a team of SILP employees. Some members require only an occasional visit, while others need more support.

 

Whatever the individual's need, the objective of the SILP is to support each person in their own personal, social, and spiritual development to enhance their quality of life. L'Arche is proud of its SILP and of the development of the members who live a more independent life.

Annapurna

Annapurna is derived from Sanskrit, meaning 'the giver of food and nourishment'. This home was built by L'Arche in 1992. This is the biggest house in the community.

Annapurna House

Front face

Annapurna House

Our living room

Annapurna House

Our dining room

Haeremai House

Front face

Haeremai House

Our Dining Room

Haeremai House

Our living room

Haeremai

Haeremai means 'welcome' in Maori and the welcome mat is always visible. The original duplex was renovated to a single family house. The members enjoy the garden and sit under the backyard gazebo while relaxing and enjoying each others company.

Villa Maria

Villa Maria or ‘House of Mary’ is another converted duplex. It has a beautiful backyard.

Villa Maria

Front face

Villa Maria

Our living room

Villa Maria

Our backyard

Marymount House

Front face

Marymount House

Our living room

Marymount House

Our dining room

Marymount

Marymount means 'Mountain of Mary'. This is another house that was converted from a duplex to a single home. The kitchen and dining room are definitely the heart and soul of this house where the members start their days, and where friends and families are welcomed to meals and celebrations.

Kichiyak

Kichiyak means 'Revered One' in Cree. Kichiyak is also the word that the Cree use to refer to people with developmental disabilities. It is a very cozy home in L'Arche Calgary.

Kichyak House

Front face

Kichyak House

Our living room

Kichyak House

Our dining room