We have a dream

We All Belong is a campaign built on a big dream — a dream to welcome more people into the L’Arche Greater Vancouver community.

People who live at L’Arche are aging and many have mobility issues, requiring a fully accessible building. Our building on Sussex Avenue in Burnaby is over 50 years old, has become costly to operate and needs extensive upgrades.

At the same time, there is an urgent need to support younger individuals with developmental disabilities with a variety of housing options and support models. This would require significant changes, and our existing building does not allow us to expand our residential capacity or our community inclusion programs.

The Sussex Ave. property is ideally located to transit and community amenities and our other three L’Arche homes are located nearby.

Our Plan for the New Building

  • Replace three of our current homes for people with developmental disabilities with three fully accessible homes
  • Add 10 units of housing for individuals with disability who can live more independently
  • Expand our community inclusion programs, which provide volunteer, social and recreational opportunities
  • Provide 29 units of rental housing for individuals, couples and families who wish to live in an intentional community setting and to ease the challenge of rent affordability.

This redevelopment project has a projected cost of $22 million. Local and provincial governments have been extremely supportive of this project with provisional commitments of about $7.1 million.

Our fundraising goal is $6 million. Thanks to our many generous and loyal donors, we are halfway there. Reaching that goal along with a long-term financing of about $9 million will make our big dream a reality!

In a large city where many people feel isolated and alone, L’Arche Greater Vancouver will continue to be a valuable resource by being a place of belonging. 

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Will you help us?

You are fundamental in this dream. Please consider making a gift to support our vision for the future through the We All Belong campaign.

Our Vision

With the help of many partners and donors, L’Arche Greater Vancouver hopes to be in our new home in 2021. We want you to share in our vision for a new building where we all belong”. For more information about our plans and ways to support the We All Belong Campaign, please contact:

Jacqueline Doering, Director of Development 
jdoering@larchevancouver.org 
778-994-2293

The above images are a temporary representation of the final building plans.

We All Belong Honourary Campaign Committee

Chair

The Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver 

Members

The Most Reverend Melissa M. Skelton
Archbishop, Diocese of New Westminster
Anglican Church of Canada

Richard Cheng
Senior Vice President, BMO Nesbitt Burns

Kathi Bentall
A Founder of the Rivendell Retreat Centre
Board member, Co:Here Foundation

Sister Marie Zarowny
Province Co-leader, Sisters of St. Ann

Hugh Ker
Architect

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