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Become A Core Member

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In L'Arche, "core members"  are the adults
with intellectual disabilities who call L'Arche home. 


Life in a L'Arche Home

L'Arche homes are places of welcome, celebration, cooperation, and inclusion.  Those sharing life in a home commit to being active participants in creating a healthy home life that supports everyone.  There are many intentional practices that go into creating a culture of home.  These include, but are not limited to welcoming new housemates & guests, practicing hospitality, sharing meals, celebrating holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, and being open to, and supporting, the spiritual practices of one another.

Founding Core Members

When L’Arche welcomes a new core member, we anticipate that they will live in L’Arche for life. For that reason, openings in L’Arche are very rare and we move through the selection process carefully. A number of factors go in to the decision, including whether the prospective core member is interested in living in an intentional community.  We do not discriminate based on cultural, religious, or financial background.  We do not maintain a waiting list and do not welcome core members on a first-come first-served basis. 

Our founding home will welcome three core members to share life with three live-in assistants.  Great care will be taken to welcome core members who want to live in an intentional community with an active spiritual life.  We will consider the eligibility criteria below as well as our capacity to provide certain types of care.


  • A current diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disability

  • Over the age of 21

  • A resident of Maryland

  • Medicaid Waiver

  • Willingness to live in an intentional community home & supportive of L'Arche mission

Application Process

We are not accepting applications at this time.  L'Arche Frederick has been approved as a provider agency with the Developmental Disabilities Administration.  Next, we await approval from the Office of Healthcare Quality.  We will share updates on this website and through our mailing list.  If you are not on our mailing list, please sign up here.

1. Learn more about the mission of L'Arche by attending our events and reaching out with questions.

2. Apply for Medicaid Waiver funding through the Developmental Disabilities Administration.  More information can be found on the DDA website.

3. Complete the application for residential services at L'Arche Frederick. 

*This application will be made available once licensing is secured.

"L'Arche communities are places of hope. Each person, according to his or her own vocation, is encouraged to grow in love, self giving and wholeness, as well as in independence, competence and the ability to make choices."   
​-- The Charter of the Communities of L'Arche

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