Members of L’Arche Boston North to participate in Buddy Walk

On October 8th, several of our community members will be teaming up to participate in the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’s 21st Annual Buddy Walk. Team “Get Real” consists of community members John, Katie, Devin, Christine, Meghan and Jim. Assistants will also be participating in the walk and supporting our team. This walk takes place every year to support over five thousand families who have a family member with Down Syndrome […]

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Haverhill Journal broadcasts hummus process!

Our local TV station in Haverhill paid a visit to the farmer’s market and to Nazorean House to learn more about our hummus-making process on Thursday, August 17th. Thank you to the Haverhill Journal and to everyone at HC Media for your time and for helping spread the word about L’Arche! To see the hummus segment ONLY, fast forward to the 8 minute, 39 second mark (8:39). The Haverhill Journal […]

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New Program Coordinator

Welcome Michael Richard! L’Arche Boston North is excited to announce the hiring of Michael Richard as the incoming Program Coordinator. Michael has been with L’Arche for four years, serving as House Manager at Assisi House in Bradford MA for three of those years. During his time at L’Arche, Michael has brought stability and growth to both his home and to the greater community. He has also been a prominent and […]

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“L’Arche Across America”: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey

On Tuesday, May 9, three core members and three assistants of L’Arche Boston North will set out on an 8,000-mile, 26-day odyssey across America and back. They will visit twelve L’Arche communities from Syracuse and St. Louis to Seattle and Los Angeles. Along the way they will see Niagara Falls, Mt. Rushmore, Glacier National Park, the Pacific Coast Highway, and the Grand Canyon. The Birth of a Dream The plan […]

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L’Arche Assistant Travels to Trosly

L'Arche Boston North assistant life, ariana bachman, trosly, L'Arche

“I could not stop smiling,” said L’Arche Boston North assistant Ariana Bachman about her week in Trosly, the French village where L’Arche was founded in 1964 and where founder Jean Vanier still lives today. That hardly seems to qualify as news. As head of Nazorean House and a L’Arche Boston North Assistant for nearly ten years, Ariana smiles often and broadly. For six days, December 4–9, she was one of […]

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New director of health services, Kathy Cooper RN

Kathy Cooper (center) with newly appointed co-heads of Peace House, Marie Anderson and Sara Pilco Kathy Cooper calls her title at L’Arche Boston North, director of health services, “very lofty.” She said, “I just want to be in the houses. I love it.” As an LPN and then as an RN, the nurse everyone called “Coop” served 43 years (1972–2015) with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) before retiring last […]

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Majority Turnout Among Core Members

Here are some Election Night facts you didn’t get on CNN: Among core members of L’Arche Boston North, turnout was 53 percent. Nazorean and Peace House had the highest turnouts, each sending three of four core members to the polls. Of the nine core members who voted, seven were women and two men. You can analyze these results but the message is clear. The majority of those with intellectual disabilities […]

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Dan Comes Home to Pat’s House

The timing couldn’t have been better. Just a month after a new fully accessible home opened at L’Arche Boston North, one of our core members living here underwent surgery on his spine. This week Dan came back to Pat’s House, after successful surgery and three weeks of rehab. While Dan continues to recover with his neck immobilized in a brace, he is using a hospital bed, a specially adapted wheelchair, […]

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Welcome Our New Core Member, Gentleman John

“Welcome is one of the signs that a community is alive,” Jean Vanier writes in Community and Growth. “If a community is closing its doors, that is a sign that hearts are closing as well.” As Americans we get this. Yesterday our grandparents arrived as strangers. Today we argue over immigration. At L’Arche we get it too. Pat’s House welcomed John, a new core member, on Friday, September 30, and […]

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Our New Pastoral Minister, Diana Giard: “L’Arche is the Better”

You get the sense, talking with Diana Giard, that she is a woman on a long journey, through bright places and dark, who has found herself at rest and happy in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Head of Gandhi House for the past year, Diana was named to succeed Tom Murphy as pastoral minister, effective October 1. Tom is returning to Boston College for his Ph.D. while maintaining a close connection with community. […]

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