Our Mission & Impact

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 of one another.
make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. Foster an environment in community 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 toward a more human society.


The Work We’re Doing

The impact of L’Arche goes far beyond our numbers. Each day, people with and without intellectual disabilities develop extraordinary friendships through ordinary activities: preparing meals, brushing teeth, shopping for groceries, and praying together. These friendships become catalysts for change. Read more about the many ways L’Arche impacts the lives of our members and the broader community.


Homes in Erie County


Core Members




Meals Shared Daily in Community


Years Since L'Arche was Founded in the U.S. (We were the first Community in the US!)


People Annually Reached through Social Media

Core Members:

People with intellectual or developmental disabilities that live in a L’Arche home or participate in a day program.


People without intellectual or developmental disabilities who live with and support Core Members.

Our impact

On People with Intellectual Disabilities

Mutually transformative relationships form the heart of L’Arche. All of us, whether or not we live with an intellectual disability, desire a sense of belonging. In L’Arche, people of differing intellectual capacities, social origins, religions, and cultures build relationships rooted in trust and vulnerability. By sharing daily life together, community members experience L’Arche as a “University for the Heart,” where they learn true friendship and teach one another to love unconditionally.

Our impact

On Young Lives

L’Arche makes it possible for our perceptions regarding disability and vulnerability to be transformed. Since our founding, L’Arche has illuminated the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities and affirmed their inherent dignity and worth. L’Arche believes everyone has something valuable to contribute, even the most vulnerable. Our weaknesses and vulnerabilities are not to be hidden from others, but welcomed and shared.

Our impact

On Our Community

Too often, people with intellectual disabilities are left out of policy discussions that directly affect their lives. L’Arche Erie aims to change that by advocating alongside people with intellectual disabilities for the rights they deserve. L’Arche Erie partners with relevant organizations to raise awareness of policy issues. Furthermore, L’Arche Erie educates our members on applicable laws and policy shifts that affect our communities.