Drawing together people with and without intellectual disabilities – people with a great variety of abilities and vulnerabilities – L’Arche Saint John seeks to make known the gifts of all people and to engage our culture in fostering a more compassionate society
On an ordinary street in a West Saint John neighbourhood, something extraordinary is taking place. In a blue-grey house on Lancaster Avenue, McKim House, five adults with intellectual disabilities and three assistants are creating home together: waking up under the same roof, conversing around the supper table, helping each other to learn and to develop as human beings, engaged with, and contributing to, the broader community.
If you venture the streets of Uptown Saint John, you will also find Creative Connections, our growing and lively location where members of our community, along with many of our friends, come together and collaborate: creating beautiful art through various forms and mediums, that allow each of us to learn and to grow, while also creating a welcoming inclusive environment where all members are safe to express themselves.
More volunteers keep joining us, and are discovering at L'Arche the mutually transforming power of these friendships. Since the opening of McKim House in 2005, L'Arche Saint John has achieved nearly half of its annual funding through the generosity of numerous donors and community supporters and the fundraising efforts of dozens of volunteers. L’Arche Saint John belongs to an international federation of 149 faith-based communities creating homes and day programs with people with developmental disabilities in 38 different countries.