The Word Among Us

October 2015 Issue

Living Life with Friends

A snapshot of a L'Arche community

By: James Archer

Living Life with Friends: A snapshot of a L'Arche community by James Archer

Jeff sat at the end of a large table in the Peace House kitchen. He didn’t say a lot. In fact, he said nothing at all. But he laughed and made our visitors feel welcome by playing the harmonica and showing them his colorful, abstract artwork. Now in his fifties, Jeff is a cornerstone of the L’Arche community in Jacksonville, Florida. He has lived here since 1990, and he has Down syndrome.

p>I met Jeff last year, when I moved into Peace House after graduating from university. My older brother had spent a few months volunteering...

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