Friends of L'Arche
Contacts: Marybeth and Anne Meacham, 273-9533
Members of "Central Virginia Friends of L'Arche" are exploring the possibility of forming a L'Arche in our area. L'Arche ("The Ark" in French) is a spiritual community of persons with and without disabilities. L'Arche provides family-like homes where persons share lives with comfort, respect, celebration, and prayer. With 135 communities around the globe (16 in the USA), L'Arche makes a lifetime commitment to each resident with disabilities. Run through the Catholic Church, L'Arche is a mission, not a business.
L'Arche USA recently approved our group to become a L'Arche Pre-Project! While we continue to emphasize building community, increasing diversification, and becoming more grounded in prayer, we have added the business of incorporating as a non-profit organization. This means we are busy working on our mission, bylaws, founding board, and so much more. The non-profit designation will help tremendously to raise funds, seek wider community support, and begin the process to bring one or more L'Arche homes to Central Virginia. We are honored by the approval from L'Arche USA, yet we know that there is much more work and discernment to come. Please keep Friends of L'Arche Central VA in your prayers.
We changed our name! But, just a bit. Our most recent Planning Group meeting launched our activity to incorporate as a non profit organization. In preparation for the paperwork and as a symbol of our entry into the L'Arche Pre-Project phase, we decided to change our name from Central Virginia Friends of L'Arche to Friends of L'Arche Central Virginia