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L'Arche Cape Breton

L'Arche Community

L'Arche Cape Breton
Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada

Date Posted: 06/23/2008
Categories: Sports and Recreation
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Make a Difference : No Experience Necessary

L'Arche Cape Breton is an ecumenical community, inspired by the Beatitudes. We are a non-profit charitable organization, which provides homes and work places for people with disabilities and those who wish to share life with them. LArche is looking for passionate, open-minded, and enthusiastic individuals to spend time as live-in assistants. It is a great way to learn about community development, deepend your faith, have fun, live radically and to learn about yourself.

L'Arche assistants come from every age bracket and every walk of life. Here at L'Arche Cape Breton, many of our assistants are young - between 18-30 - and come to us during or after their post-secondary education. They are enthusiastic, open-minded individuals who have found something lacking in the academic world and are seeking a way to integrate their classroom learning with 'real life'. Assistants are attracted by the spirited, youthful atmosphere of our community and the ability to build community with men and women with disabilities.


L'Arche is an opportunity for people who are passionate about learning among people with disabilities. It is a place for those who know about the importance of inclusion, about building relationships with people who are marginalized, and for those who are committed to working towards changing our societies.
We are looking for people who are:

Positive, Passionate and Open Minded
People who want to make a difference in the world
Are able to work on a team, and are Mature and Honest
Creative ( enjoy crafts, singing, playing music)
Enjoy working with people and respectful of diversity


As an assistant at L'Arche Cape Breton your time is spent learning about and assisting the people with whom you share a home. We live like a family, sharing meals together, celebrating together, learning together. Responsibilities include cooking and cleaning, planning day trips and vacations, participating in regular community activities (like community prayer, summer bonfires, meetings and Winter Games) as well as helping people with all the basic tasks of daily life, such as personal care (bathing, picking out cloths etc.). You will have regular scheduled days away, personal vacation time, yearly retreats, and opportunities for formation and training.

Assistants also help out in our work programs, of which there are six. The workshop, where we make crafts, The Ark Store and Hope Chest, where we sell our crafts along with second hand cloths, the Siesta Club, for our aging core members, the Caper Club and starting summer 2008, we will have an organic garden project, which will supply fresh vegetables and flowers to our six houses and work programs.

Check out our web page!
Fill out an application. Tell your friends.

For questions write to
Jen Kazda at

"The secret of L'Arche is relationship: meeting people, not through the filters of certitude, ideologies, idealism or judgments but heart to heart; listening to people with their pain, their joy, their hope, their history; listening to their hearts beat." - Jean Vainer