Want to support a great local program? L’Arche St. Louis, a local chapter of L’Arche USA, is located at Immaculate Conception Church in Maplewood. Maplewood United Methodist Church supports L’Arche during our annual SERVE event by sending volunteers to clean, paint or make repairs to the L’Arche building. To volunteer with MUMC at L’Arche contact outreach@maplewoodumc.org.

Founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, L’Arche communities bear witness to the reality that persons with intellectual disabilities possess inherent qualities of welcome, wonderment, spirituality, and friendship. We make explicit the dignity of every human being by building inclusive communities of faith and friendship where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. L’Arche USA exists to strengthen our local communities, welcome more people into our life and work, engage in advocacy on behalf of those often on the margins of society, and to raise awareness of the gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities.