The message of L’Arche is essentially that through entering into relationship with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities our world can see an example of how to be transformed, one person at a time, into a more peaceful and compassionate society.

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Whether you are interested in joining our community as an assistant, building relationships with us as a volunteer, or sharing your gifts as a member of our board, there are numerous ways you can become a part of L’Arche Heartland accomplishing our mission. We are excited to welcome you!

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In order to continue being a witness to the transformative power of relationships with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we rely on financial support from generous donors. Thank you for sharing your resources with us as we journey towards a more compassionate society.

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What I love about L'Arche is that it's like having a big extended family.  There are so many opportunities, especially for social and spiritual growth. Lance has done things beyond my expectations like participating in the Spiritual Life Committee and sharing his ideas, moving into a new house with new roommates, attending retreats out of town, making connections with other L'Arche communities, volunteering in the community.  He has grown so much in expressing gratefulness and makes mountains of thank you cards, and L'Arche supports this. As a parent I have peace of mind that he will continue to have those opportunities to grow and be supported physically, socially and spiritually.

-Cheryl Fannin, parent of a core member

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L’Arche Heartland has partnered with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment to expand our network of local business for our door-to-door recycling service. By welcoming a small group of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities into their workplaces on a weekly basis to collect their recycling, these business partners are helping us move towards realizing the vision of a paid employment option for the persons in our day service.


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As a parent you always want the best for your child.  As a parent of an adult child with significant disabilities, you begin to understand their independence may look very different than children of your friends.  You know your child will need support—lots of support.  You want your child to be surrounded by people who care about him or her and who see the unique gifts each one of us has to contribute to the world.  I was overjoyed to find a L’Arche community available for my son. 

The philosophy of L’Arche founder, Jean Vanier, is so profoundly spiritual and inclusive, it inspires those who serve and who are served.  “Our community life is beautiful and intense, a source of life for everyone.  People with a disability experience a real transformation and discover confidence in themselves; they discover their capacity to make choices, and also find a certain liberty and above all their dignity as human beings.”—Jean Vanier.  My son and I have formed friendships with other core members and with assistants.  L’Arche Heartland is able to look beyond all the dis-function he may demonstrate and draw out his better qualities.  They support his passions and encourage his abilities.  And they help him manage all the challenges he faces, both within himself and in the world.  As a parent, I would never have been able to pursue my career in another state if I had not known my son was a part of this community.  I miss the activities of community night, special events and just everyday connections. At the end of the day, I am grateful my son is safe, supported and cared about.  That is what every parent hopes for their child and L’Arche Heartland makes that possible for my adult child.

-Joy Wyler, parent of a Core Member