Apply to be an Assistant

Being An Assistant

If you are interested in applying to become a live­in assistant in one of our communities in Canada, the following explanation may help you have a better understanding as to what would be involved in your role. Are you a person who wishes to:

  • Be changed by your friendships with people with an intellectual disability?
  • Change your perspective on what you value and how you see the world?
  • Gain confidence and competence as you develop new skills?
  • Learn how to live and work with people who are different than you?
  • Have an adventure in living and learning that just might change your life?
  • Learn the importance of celebrating the little moments of daily life?

Life in a L'Arche community:

The key to life in L'Arche is being open to relationship. Assistants and core members (people with intellectual disabilities) create home and share their lives together in households of approximately six to eight people. Days are filled with ordinary tasks of daily living: cooking, bathing, cleaning, laundry, shopping, accompanying people to medical appointments attending regular community meetings and events. Home life is the cornerstone of L'Arche. The evening meal, birthdays, and times of prayer are cherished celebrations that strengthen the bonds between people who live and work together.

Most people come with an initial commitment of one year. Assistants come with a broad range of backgrounds and qualifications. All new assistants participate in a program of orientation and training. Remuneration, benefits, days away and vacation time are provided.

As part of a team of 3 ­ 5 assistants, House Assistants coordinate and participate in caring for the members of the home, following government guidelines and the policies and procedures of L'Arche.

Training Of Assistants

Potential assistants possess the following:

  • First Aid/C.P.R.
  • Non­Violent Crisis Intervention
  • The Rules of Cooperation
  • Effective & Respectful Communication
  • Non­Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Positive Principles & Practices of Non­Aversive Behaviour Change
  • Fire & Life Safety
  • Medication Awareness
  • Introduction to Mental Illness
  • Understanding Human Sexuality
  • Individual Learning Plans

Training On top of this training - L'Arche also provides its assistants with training and formation in the following areas:

  • Mission & Identity of L’Arche
  • the Charter of L’Arche
  • the Key Elements of L'Arche
  • History of L’Arche; Creating Home
  • the Therapy of L’Arche
  • Working with Families & Professionals
  • Ageing; Health & Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Prayer & Celebrations
  • Traditions & Ecumenism
  • Personal Growth
  • Team Building
  • Group Dynamics
  • Expectation & Responsibility of Assistants
  • Self­Care, My Gifts & Personal Growth
  • Time Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Decision­Making
  • Accompaniment in L'Arche
  • Respectful Living & Language
  • Relationships, Affectivity & Sexuality

A Word About the Screening of Assistants

All prospective assistants in our communities must undergo a rigorous application process that includes a personal interview with the community leader, detailed reference checks, as well as a criminal background check.

Once they arrive, assistants are considered to be on probation for six months, during which time their performance is evaluated at regular intervals.