#620: L'Arche Chicago

 Chicago, Illinois

At L’Arche Chicago, we are people, with and without developmental disabilities, sharing life together in communities of faith. Assistants enter into mutual relationships with core members (adults with disabilities), revealing their gifts to the world and (hopefully!) finding themselves transformed in these relationships.

Website: http://www.larchechicago.org

Job Descriptions

At L’Arche Chicago, we are people, with and without developmental disabilities, sharing life together in communities of faith. Assistants enter into mutual relationships with core members (adults with disabilities), revealing their gifts to the world and (hopefully!) finding themselves transformed in these relationships. We are part of an international federation of L’Arche communities, and our spirituality is based on the writings of Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen and on the lived experience of L’Arche across the world.

In L’Arche Chicago, eight adult core members live together with assistants who commit a year or more to sharing their daily life. Assistants accompany core members both as friends and in providing practical help in daily tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, and celebrating. Assistants listen to, support, and build relationships with the core members. We support each core member in their faith tradition and encourage assistants to grow in theirs as well.

All new assistants must successfully complete the State of Illinois mandated training appropriate for this setting, such as CPR & First Aid, and medication-administration training. Assistants must have a good driving record and be willing to submit to state-required drug tests and background checks. Assistants should be willing to share in all tasks relevant to maintaining a warm and welcoming home.

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