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50 Weeks of L’Arche Erie! – Week 6

As Covid-19 numbers continue to rise in Erie County, we thought this week would be a good week to talk about how L’Arche Erie has been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The L’Arche mission calls us to foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while remaining faithful to our core values. The past almost 2 years have challenged us to embody that aspect of our mission in new ways and under previously unimaginable circumstances. A feat we could not accomplish without the help of our community.

In March 2020, the world turned on a dime in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While individuals, families, communities, and countries the world over were challenged to adopt new daily habits and routines to protect their health and the health of others, life continued…and in L’Arche Erie, too!

Solid protocols were developed and enacted early in the pandemic to keep all members of L’Arche Erie safe and healthy. While these practices were not always easy to accept, they helped guide us in the new ways we would interact with one another and the community in the still-changing pandemic environment.

The word ‘reimagine’ gained new prominence for us in 2020. When core members’ day programs and various engagements in the wider community were suspended, assistants and core members worked together to shape new and meaningful rhythms and routines to fill the suddenly free days at home. And when the L’Arche community could no longer gather in person, we had to discover ways to connect and build relationship across the physical distance. Thank God for technology, which has helped us keep our relationships in contact virtually on various occasions! Here’s hoping large gatherings will soon be in our future once again. We sure do miss all of our big events and being able to gather safely in person!

It hasn’t been easy on anyone, but L’Arche Erie has done a fantastic job adapting and being creative with what this pandemic has faced us all with.

Thank you for helping to make all of this and so much more possible for L’Arche Erie. We feel the impact of your generous and steadfast support – be in relational, spiritual, or financial – in good times and in hard times. We are grateful to have you as companions with us on this journey!

Stay safe and healthy!

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