Becoming a Core Member

How does someone become a core member?

Family members and self-advocates frequently wonder how someone becomes a core member* at L’Arche. When L’Arche welcomes a new core member, we anticipate that he or she 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.

Because of this, we have very limited openings, but friends are always welcome at our regularly scheduled prayer nights and special events. You may read on below to learn about the process of becoming a core member in the event that we do have an opening, or to assist you in the process of finding another residential provider.

*In L’Arche, the term core member refers to an adult who has an intellectual disability as they are the center and heart of the community.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to become a core member, the person must:

  • Have a current diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disability
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be a resident of New York State
  • Have a Medicaid Waiver
  • Be on OPWDD’s (Office for Persons With Developmental Disabilities) Emergency Waiting List for an Individual Residential Alternative (IRA).

Inquiries are reviewed on a case-by-case basis as vacancies open. L’Arche Syracuse considers eligibility criteria as well as our capacity to provide certain types of care and compatibility with the L’Arche mission.

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