L'Arche Identity Statement: We are people with and without intellectual disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an International Federation. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together. We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need of one another.
Our mission is to…
- Make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.
- Foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story.
- Engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.
L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. centers around four communal homes and 16 adults who have intellectual disabilities who are members of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community (the “core people” of the community). Assistants provide skilled direct care supports to core people, ensure their safety and well-being, and support their integrated participation in all aspects of daily life. Assistants will learn how to serve and how to relate to others in this unique and vibrant environment.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
LVC pays for housing, utilities, internet, health insurance, a food stipend, and transportation to and from the placement site.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
- Strong verbal and written English communication skills
- College education preferred
- Desire to work with, to learn from, and to relate to people with intellectual disabilities
- Desire to work in the context of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community and to respect beliefs and spiritual journeys of people from a variety of religious and philosophical backgrounds (L’Arche GWDC welcomes assistants from all faith traditions and those who do not have a faith affiliation)
- Creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, and ability to organize time
- Maturity as demonstrated by the ability to share responsibility for managing a home, work cooperatively as part of a team, take responsibility for health and safety of others, and work with diverse individuals
- Valid driver’s license and ability to drive comfortably in the city
- Ability to learn about intellectual disabilities, mental health, health disorders, simple nursing care, behavior management strategies, personal hygiene, etc.
- Ability to commit for minimum of one year
- Spanish proficiency highly desirable
Subject to criminal background check