About the Project
Now entering its sixth decade, L’Arche International is calling communities around the world, “…to go out with and on behalf of people with disabilities, wherever they are, and to collaborate with others who are working to build a more human society.”
L’Arche Tahoma Hope is answering this call by fulfilling a long-time dream to build a Welcome Center on property adjacent to our homes and farm in eastern Pierce County. The Welcome Center will provide L’Arche Tahoma Hope with long-needed accessible space for community gatherings, programs for core members, administration functions, and to receive guests and visitors from the broader community.
Jean Vanier had a vision 50 years ago. He welcomed two men with intellectual disabilities to join him in creating a place of acceptance and belonging. L’Arche Tahoma Hope began 40 years ago when Fred and Greg knocked on the door of David Rothrock and Peter Byrne. More and more people are knocking on L’Arche’s door- people with and without intellectual disabilities, representing all walks of life, from Tacoma and beyond. Whether you are a core member (an adult living with intellectual disabilities), an assistant (an adult who shares life alongside a core member), or a volunteer for a day or longer, L’Arche is a place where the joys and challenges of home life, work, spirituality, and community converge. By engaging with people with intellectual disabilities, we confront our own vulnerabilities and gifts, and appreciate those of others. It is one of the few places where you can be who you are.
In recent years, L’Arche Tahoma Hope has increasingly reached out into the community. In return, people are asking for more connection with L’Arche. Visitors from across the region come to L’Arche to experience its unique brand of community, including school and university groups and volunteers from corporate, faith, and civic organizations. Families and supporters of people with intellectual disabilities are also looking to L’Arche as program cuts have led to fewer opportunities for them to engage in the broader community. The Welcome Center will provide a unique resource to Pierce County, giving L’Arche Tahoma Hope the capacity to open its doors to create a wider network of people of all abilities celebrating our shared gifts.
If you would like to speak with someone about The Campaign for L'Arche Tahoma Hope: A Place to Belong, you can reach David Rothrock, Campaign and Development Director, via phone at (253) 535-3178, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.