The L'Arche community in Hamilton was founded in December 1978. The original home was on King Street, and comprised of three Core Members, the community leader and one other assistant. In 1983, they moved to a house on Sherman Avenue, and in 1987, opened Holton House. A semi-independent living program (SIL program) was started at the Ladies townhouse in 1985. Later Charbonneau House was opened in 1998 and Elizabeth House in 1999.
Today the community consists of twenty core members and approximately thirteen assistants who live in the four homes. The founding Core Members are still in the community today, and are great resources about the history of L'Arche Hamilton.
Outside of the home, the Core Members have a variety of work programs, including working at L'Arche Hamilton's Candle Workshop, Life Skills programs, supported employment, and leisure programs.
In the home, chores and responsibilities are shared. Weekends and evenings are times for outings, recreation and relaxation. Our community has many friends and volunteers who share their ideas, talents and energies with the community members. They often accompany Core Members to extra curicular activities such as aquatics or horseback-riding, or choose to join the house in their regular ctivities. Relationships are at the heart of L'Arche and many people remain faithful to these friendships over many years.