Friends of L'Arche Central VA
Spirituality...Relationships...Servant Leadership... Community...Celebration
To find our upcoming events, please scroll down. You are invited.
People International Performing to Benefit Friends of L'Arche
Save the Date - Friday, July 24, 7:30 PM
Do you remember Up with People or the "Sing Outs" (e.g. Sing Out South)? People International, Inc. (PII) evolved from these groups and they perform once each year somewhere in the USA to benefit a charity. This summer, PII performs in Richmond to benefit Friends of L'Arche.
PII is a non-profit musical performance organization that spreads a positive message through music and community service. Members ranging from teens to seniors come from around the world. They vary in talent from amateurs to professionals and represent various socioeconomic backgrounds and religions. For more information about PII, click here to go to their website.
We want to help PII to help us. How?
- Sell Ads for Program and/or elicit donations. These donations will offset PII member expenses for lodging and meals and the costs for theater rental and security, sound production, and printing. Helping PII obtain donations will help them put on a good show on our behalf. And, it's one way we can show our thanks.
- Donate items such as: t-shirts, paper, folders, lanyards for name tags, reusable water bottles, pens/pencils.
- Find restaurants or caterers to donate a meal to offset their expenses. Or, identify organizations that might provide a dinner (e.g. “pot luck”). For example, our friends at Padow's Deli have agreed to provide box lunches for one day.
- Ticket Sales – More information to come
If you can help or have ideas, please email email@example.com, Thank you!
As PII continues their planning process, we'll post more information.
Beginning a Tradition of Volunteering
Our ReStore Day (March 28, 2015) was great fun and a wonderful way to enjoy the gift of giving, build relationships, reveal the gifts of persons with disabilities, and find purpose. ReStore sells donated goods to the general public at reduced prices. Proceeds go to Richmond's Habitat for Humanity.
What is Friends of L'Arche?
We are an emerging L'Arche community with a vibrant community of friends. We are a not for profit charity and we look forward to building L'Arche homes in Metro Richmond. YOU are invited to to join us as we celebrate, worship, play, and build relationships and community.
Friends of L'Arche enhances lives today with celebrations, gatherings, worship, and outreach projects to give back to our larger community - activities that nurture relationships, build community, provide a sense of purpose, and reveal the gifts and talents of persons with disabilities.
We are working diligently towards founding L'Arche homes where persons with and without intellectual disabilities share life with spirituality, celebration, and dignity.
What is L'Arche?
L'Arche, French for "The Ark" (from the Bible story of Noah and the Ark), is a global community of faith that celebrates the gifts of all persons. L'Arche creates communities and inclusive family-like homes for persons with disabilities and those who share lives with them.
Founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, today hundreds of L'Arche communities flourish around the world, 17 in the USA. L'Arche is a community of faith, welcoming persons of all faiths or no faith. L'Arche communities reveal and honor the gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities - gifts of welcome, wonderment, spirituality, and friendship.
Assistants come from around the world to live in L'Arche. All in the home are like family. Assistants accompany (not supervise) and share lives of love and respect with core members. As assistants discover the gifts core members offer, they grow in friendship, respect, and personal awareness. Beyond the home, a community of friends shares in celebrations and prayer.
L'Arche welcomes all and is a sign to the world of the significant gifts of persons with disabilities. Communities around the world enjoy a bond of solidarity; they pray for each other, help each other, and gather for wonderful celebrations.
L'Arche communities revere the dignity of every human being. They strengthen our local communities, engage in advocacy, and raise awareness of the gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities. L'Arche is a sign of hope.
Learn more about L'Arche USA and the International L'Arche Community here.
Upcoming Events - YOU are invited!
Stella & Dot Shopping Site Open through May 17
Great gifts for Mother's Day, graduation, or yourself (because you deserve it). Order by May 4 for Mother's Day delivery.
Find stylish jewelry,bags, accessories, and much more.
- May trunk show exclusives (50% off items) are available early
- A beautiful Mother's Day scarf special
Click here to shop Erin's Stella & Dot website for beautiful items and to help Friends of L'Arche serve persons with disabilities
Your purchases will (1) enhance lives now with celebrations and activities that build relationships and community and (2) help us work towards L'Arche homes in Metro Richmond.
Tuesday, June 22, 7 PM
Community Life Group Meeting
(The May Community Life Group Meeting is cancelled)
You are invited. We welcome your ideas, your viewpoints, and your friendship. We plan events and strengthen our community and spirituality. Some are very involved and others attend when they can. Join in at whatever level you want. All persons, with & without disabilities are welcome.
|Where||Columbian Center - 2324 Pump Road, Henrico 23233|
We're studying the Gospel of John, using Jean Vanier's Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John. We'll discuss Chapter 23 in Vanier's book. If you don't have Vanier's book, reading the scripture is fine. You can join in whether or not you've read the earlier scripture and/or chapters.Sunday, June 14, 12:30 - 2:00
Second Sunday Luncheon
(Our May Second Sunday Luncheon is cancelled because it falls on Mother's Day.)
Our longest running and perhaps most loved social event
No RSVP is required; the food is great; & the company is terrific. Come as you are. Your friends & family are welcome.
|When||Sunday, June 14, 12:30 - 2:00 (Arrive anytime)|
|Where||Padow's Hams & Deli - 4120 Cox Road, Glen Allen 23060 - The Shoppes at Innsbrook, near Cox & Broad, next to Hondo's & Cartridge World|