Back to All Stories

Assistant Interview: Deanna Martin

Dee started at L’Arche Spokane as a Live-Out Assistant in May 2019.


  1. Share a favorite core member memory.

Pre-Covid, I was walking past Harvest House with two friends, and there was David (a core member) swaying on the front porch while singing “Happy Birthday” into an electric razor that he was holding up to his face like a phone. I encouraged him to turn it off, and gave him a hug.


  1. Share about a funny moment with core members and/or assistants.

This afternoon, I looked up and saw Kevin (a core member) chasing Bob (an assistant) while crawling like a salamander.


  1. Share about a time when you felt supported by core members or assistants.

All the time, but especially on a night when I was working alone, and there was a big toilet clog (actually maybe two), right as folks were getting ready for bed. Both John and Malia (assistants) helped me even though they were off work.


  1. How has your experience in L’Arche Spokane transformed you during your time in community?

It’s given me practice in setting boundaries, and taught me about reconciliation, and stepping into spaces of conflict with the purpose of promoting peace. It’s challenged me to expect more of people, and myself, and to communicate those expectations.


  1. How does your experience in L’Arche impact your view of individuals with developmental disabilities?

It’s shined a light on the ways in which they are misunderstood. It’s a constant reminder to get to know people instead of holding assumptions about them. That they need discipleship as much as anybody else, and can reciprocate it.


  1. What would you say to someone who was thinking about supporting L’Arche Spokane through their time or resources?

I’m so glad you’re thinking about that! It is a deep joy to know these people, and I’m excited to share them with you!