Friends of L'Arche Central VA
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The World is Ours - People International performance to benefit Friends of L'Arche CVA - Awesome!
A Grand Night for Friends of L'Arche!
On that magical July evening, Friends of L'Arche and cast members from People International, Inc. (Pii) experienced "something beautiful that won't be forgotten." - Cait Lin (Pii)
For months, we were excited with anticipation, yet the show exceeded all expectations! Friends of L'Arche is immensely grateful to People International for presenting The World is Ours to benefit persons with disabilities whom we serve. Here's what a few folks said:
...practicing and performing with persons from our charity and learning more from them than they learn from us. It was a beautiful, moving, and wonderful experience. - Brian Vaughn (Pii)
I wanted to tell you how much Bobby enjoyed the musical, especially getting up on stage and performing with everyone. He has been talking about it all day. Everyone I talked to said how wonderful the performance was. Thanks for bring it to Richmond. - Claudette Longest
Outstanding! My family had the best time! I didn't know what to expect. Everyone was having a fantastic time. Thank you, thank you for all the hard work. Fabulous! - Tammy Rogers
People International, Inc. (PII) is a non-profit musical performance organization that delights audiences with positive messages and family-friendly shows. They perform once each year somewhere in the USA to benefit a charity. This year, PII performed in Richmond at Hermitage High School to benefit Friends of L'Arche. 50+ Pii cast members ranging from teens to seniors came from around the world to perform for and with us.
The amazing Pii cast members and Friends of L'Arche core friends had such fun. It's a memory our friends and families will cherish forever. Here's a bit of the magic:
Many thanks to businesses, organizations, & churches who donated and contributed to make this glorious event possible. You can help us say thank you by supporting those who support Friends of L'Arche: St. Mary's Catholic Church; Padow's Deli; Subway; Chic-fil-A Short Pump Crossing; Church of the Holy Comforter Episcopal; River Road Church, Baptist; Camp Rainbow Connection; Boyer's Ice Cream & Coffee; St. Luke's Episcopal Church; Virginia Center for Prosthodontics, Karen McAndrew DMD, MS; InMotion Physical Therapy; Dr. Richard L. Byrd, D.D.S; Crter Brooks, Wells Fargo; Kathleen M. Hooker, GRI, Berkshire Hathaway; St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, acac Fitness & Wellness Center's, Midlothian, St. Michael's Knights of Columbus, Joseph P. Solari Council #11172; Knights of Columbus Father Robert W. McDonald Council #395
For more information about PII, click here to go to their website
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.
You are invited. Our annual Fall Picnic is always great fun.
|When||Sunday, September 13, 12:30 - 2:30 PM|
|Where||St. Michael's Catholic Church|
4491 Springfield Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
|Donation||$10 per family|
Please bring a side dish or dessert to share
Second Sunday Luncheon
In place of our September Second Sunday Luncheon, we have our annual Fall Picnic. We'll resume regular luncheons in October.Our longest running and among our most loved social events
No RSVP is required; the food is great; & the company is terrific. Come as you are. Your friends & family are welcome.
|When||Sunday, October 11, 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|
Community Life Group Meeting
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.
|When||Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 PM|
|Where||2234 Pump Road, Henrico 23233|