L Arche USA

Portland, OR   |  http://www.larcheusa.org

Mission

L’Arche is a community where every partner is part of our shared mission, and where people with and without intellectual disabilities live in relationships of mutuality and trust. Our societies need everyone, especially the most vulnerable, to become involved in the building of a more humane world. L’Arche was founded in the Catholic tradition and today operates as an interfaith organization that welcomes people of all religions and beliefs. In L’Arche communities, people with and without developmental disabilities learn, grow, and live together in ways that leave a profound and lasting impact on their lives.

Ruling year info

1991

Principal Officer

Tina Bovermann

Finance Director

Andrew Callahan

Main address

2475 SE Ladd Ave Ste 430

Portland, OR 97214 USA

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EIN

91-1355711

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (P02)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

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L'Arche USA

From one small home opened in 1964, L’Arche has grown into a worldwide movement dedicated to bringing men and women with disabilities into the heart of their societies, making their voices heard, and providing a true home and the opportunity to share everyone’s unique gifts to the fullest.


L’Arche was originally founded in response to the egregious treatment and disrespect that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities faced in institutions. Its legacy now continues with the members and communities that define what L'Arche is today, reflecting the value on which the organization was created: the recognition of our shared humanity. L’Arche’s diverse membership today continues the original vision of building a better and more humane society across the globe.


Today there are 152 communities of L’Arche in 37 countries on 5 continents, offering homes, workshops, programs, and networks of support based on the needs of their members and the local cultural and social contexts.


From one culture to another, each community creates its own models: one may offer social and creative arts activities, while another will focus on residences. All help forge reciprocal relationships that make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities.


Today, L’Arche has more than 10,000 members in communities that not only welcome but celebrate people with intellectual disabilities, by fostering growth and allowing everyone to share their talents and abilities in full.


The first L’Arche community in the United States was founded in 1972 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Today, L’Arche USA includes 17 communities and 5 projects in states across the country.

As part of the International Federation of L’Arche Communities, L’Arche USA’s mission is to support L’Arche communities with member development, impact evaluation, and recruitment resources; amplify the voices of people who have intellectual disabilities; and promote public engagement while honoring the organization’s original ideals of inclusion and the unique, sacred value of all humans.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

L'Arche USA has ten emerging communities, working to found L'Arche in new cities across the United States.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

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Financials

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L Arche USA

Board of directors
as of 2/11/2022
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Board chair

Wendy Sullivan

Easter Seals Midwest

Brian Berg

Sierra Gold Nurseries

Rebecca Cates

Financial Professional

Stephen Rothrock

President/CEO, ATREG, Inc.

Steve Lawrence

Lippincott

Wendy Sullivan

Easter Seals Midwest

Georgette “Jojo” Ledgister

Fearless Dialogues

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes