Become an Assistant



Hannah Newmark and Deb Green celebrate L'Arche's 30th anniversary. Photo by Bethany Keener

Hannah Newmark and Deb Green celebrate L’Arche’s 30th anniversary. Photo by Bethany Keener

Being an assistant isn’t pausing from the ‘real world’ to do things for another person. It’s a way of life, growing together in mutual relationships and deepening our spiritual journeys. -Caitlin Smith, recruitment coordinator and former assistant


Open Positions: Updated March 14, 2014
Awake Overnight Assistant (part-time) to be present while the household is sleeping.


Assistants (full-time) to join the community in the spring/summer of 2014. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and positions are filled as needed. See below for more details.


Looking for an adventure in community living that will help you discover the depths of the human spirit? Apply to be an assistant in L’Arche, where you’ll:

  • provide professional, personalized services to adults who have intellectual disabilities (known as “core people”),
  • advocate for and with core people for the rights they deserve, and
  • grow personally through mutual relationships within the community.


L’Arche’s mission inspires people from diverse backgrounds to help make our community in the Greater Washington, D.C. area a place where all people are welcomed and valued. It is most important that applicants to L’Arche have an open heart, a willingness to learn, a commitment to personal growth, and a belief in the unique sacredness of every person.


Assistants come to L’Arche at all stages of life: after college, during a shift between careers, or after a formal career. L’Arche welcomes applications from people of all ages, races, genders, faiths, and sexual orientations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and assistants are welcomed throughout the year based on the needs of the community. Preference is given to live-in assistants who commit to living in community for two years.


To apply:


Watch the Say Yes To L’Arche video to learn more about being an assistant.

Say Yes To L’Arche from L’Arche Greater Washington, DC on Vimeo.