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Identity, Mission, Values


L’Arche International’s Identity Statement:

We are people with and without intellectual disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an International Federation.  


Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together.


We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need for one another.


L’Arche International’s values, as stated in the

Servant Leadership Model, are:


  • Fostering Vibrant Communities

  • Celebrating the Value of Each Person

  • Being Open to Mutual Relationships

  • Journeying Together with Respect

  • Nurturing our Gifts and Growth

  • Fulfilling our Role in Community

  • Trusting God

  • Living in Joy

  • Standing on Humble Ground

  • Shaping a More Human Society


L’Arche International’s Mission is to:

Make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.


Foster an environment in communities that responds to the changing needs of our members while being faithful to the core values of our founding story.


Engage in our diverse cultures, working together towards a more human society.


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