We have a dream
We All Belong is a campaign built on a big dream — a dream to welcome more people into the L’Arche Greater Vancouver community.
People who live at L’Arche are aging and many have mobility issues, requiring a fully accessible building. Our building on Sussex Avenue in Burnaby is over 50 years old, has become costly to operate and needs extensive upgrades.
At the same time, there is an urgent need to support younger individuals with developmental disabilities with a variety of housing options and support models. This would require significant changes, and our existing building does not allow us to expand our residential capacity or our community inclusion programs.
The Sussex Ave. property is ideally located to transit and community amenities and our other four L’Arche homes are located nearby.
Our Plan for the New Building
Replace 3 of our current homes for people with developmental disabilities with 3 fully accessible homes
Add 10 units of housing for individuals with disability who can live more independently
Expand our community inclusion programs, which provide volunteer, social and recreational opportunities
Provide 29 units of rental housing for individuals, couples and families who wish to live in an intentional community setting and to ease the challenge of rent affordability.
This redevelopment project has a projected cost of $29 million. Local and provincial governments have been extremely supportive of this project with provisional commitments of about $7.1 million.
Our fundraising goal is $6 million. Thanks to our many generous and loyal donors, we are halfway there. Reaching that goal along with a long-term financing will make our big dream a reality!
In a large city where many people feel isolated and alone, L’Arche Greater Vancouver will continue to be a valuable resource by being a place of belonging.
Will you help us?
You are fundamental in this dream. Please consider making a gift to support our vision for the future through the We All Belong campaign.
With the help of many partners and donors, the L’Arche Greater Vancouver community hopes to be in our new home in fall 2023. We want you to share in our vision for a new building where “we all belong”. For more information about our plans and ways to support the We All Belong Campaign, please contact:
Jacqueline Doering, Director of Development
The above images are a temporary representation of the final building plans.
We All Belong Honourary Campaign Committee
The Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver
The Right Reverend John Stephens
Bishop, Anglican Diocese of New Westminster
Senior Vice President, BMO Nesbitt Burns
A Founder of the Rivendell Retreat Centre
Board member, Co:Here Foundation
Sister Marie Zarowny
Province Co-leader, Sisters of St. Ann
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