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. Assistants are trained to offer direct support for the needs of the core members while being committed to the mission. 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.

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What Does an Assistant Do?

While building meaningful relationships with core members is an important part of being an assistant, there are a number of responsibilities that accompany the role. Assistants (caregivers) ensure the health and welfare of core members, provide companionship, assist with bathing and dressing as needed, accompany on outings, complete routine cleaning of the home, and simple administrative tasks such as filing and completing documentation.

Why L’Arche?


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  • Starting salary of $15.00/hr

  • Health, Vision and Dental insurance
  • 401K retirement plan
  • Generous PTO package
  • Free room and board available*

* limited availability, contact us for more information

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