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L'Arche Greater Vancouver operates six homes for adults with developmental disabilities, each with their own name and history. Bethel, Unity and Creation House are connected to our main building which is also known as "Shiloah" and refers to the Biblical place of healing waters. The three other homes, Nazareh, Emily and The Crossing are a short drive or walking distance from Shiloah.

L'Arche Homes are where the "mutuality of relationships" comes to life every day. People in the homes prepare meals, eat together plan outings, do dishes, go for walks and pray together. One of their highlights is to go on vacation together every summer.

L'Arche homes are places of welcome where families and friends come for dinner, birthday parties and other celebrations. On weekends, there are activities such as bowling, movies and concerts, and day trips to enjoy nature and sense of renewal.

All of our homes are fully licensed and maintain high standards of care. L'Arche works with health professionals and government bodies to ensure the safety and quality of life of each person with disabilities.

Bethel House

Bethel House

Formerly September House, Bethel is currently the smallest home in the community, with four people living together. A favourite part of the house is the small patio where people in the house and their guests sit in the summer.


Creation House

Creation House

Creation House became a home specifically to support people who are aging in the community in 1999. It is fully accessible and five people with disabilities live in a quieter and slower rhythm of life, supported by the largest team of assistants in the community.


Unity House

Unity House

Unity House is not only a home for those who live there but also for the two feline brothers, Thomas and Meow Meow. They have become inseparable friends to the people at Unity House. The people at Unity House are particularly well known for their skill in assembling jig saw puzzles.


Emily House

Emily House

Emily House opened in August 1996 welcoming five people. It was named in honor of the Board Member who helped purchase the home and passed away before the opening. Emily, her niece, came to the opening ceremony to cut the tape with one of the residents. Four people with disabilities and four assistants now live in the home.


Crossing House

The Crossing House

The Crossing House opened in March 1988 to welcome four people from Woodlands. The original residents are no longer there but there are four people four assistants living and keeping a vibrant household. This house has one of the best views of the north shore mountains from their kitchen.


Nazirah House

Nazirah House

Nazirah House's name is based on "Nazareth", the Biblical hometown of Jesus. This busy home near Burnaby's Metrotown often has guests around the table and serves meals that are seasoned with laughter.


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