Being a L’Arche Assistant

Living L'Arche

Be a friend. Be an advocate. Be as you are.

To be an assistant is first and foremost about being a friend. It is about sharing a home, sharing meals, sharing spirituality, and sharing the joys and sorrows of daily life. Assistants live and serve alongside people with intellectual disabilities (core members) to build an intentional, mutually supportive community where every member is celebrated for their unique gifts, given a voice, and motivated toward a greater purpose. While committed to this mission, assistants are also trained to offer direct support for the various needs of core members. This creates a distinct, formative experience in each person’s story that extends L’Arche’s message of both advocacy and hope into the larger community. If this is something that interests you, please contact us, or download and complete an application and email it to

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What Does an Assistant Do?

While the primary goal of assistants is to develop mutual relationships with core members, build community, and spread hope, there are a number of responsibilities that accompany the role. Assistants are trained as qualified caregivers to provide direct support for core members in activities of daily living, financial management, medical care, licensing documentation, and transportation. Assistants also help to maintain the homes by preparing meals, tending the gardens, cleaning common spaces, and doing other household tasks. (Note: responsibilities may vary depending on specific core member needs.)

Qualifications To Become An Assistant

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have an interest in building intentional community.
  • Show capacity for creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, and teamwork.
  • Desire to work and develop mutual relationships with people with disabilities. (Note: Prior experience working with people with disabilities is not a requirement.)

Please note that we are not able to hire international applicants.

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Ways to Live L'Arche Life

Many assistants admit to not having fully understood community, spirituality, acceptance, or even themselves before sharing life with L’Arche. It is an experience unlike any other, and one that offers a profound grasp on what it means to be human—to build meaningful relationships, to inspire equality, and to welcome others just as they are. Is this the place for you? Join us as we celebrate the big and small moments of daily life together, and attempt to be a sign of hope in the world. Please email completed applications to

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