City Vision Internship: L'Arche Chicago

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City Vision Internships is a Christian one-year, multi-year or summer internship program based on the AmeriCorps model. Interns serve at one of over 40 positions across the USA and Canada. In the past 10 years, we have placed over 500 full-time interns and 68,000+ volunteers in hundreds of Christian ministries.

For Interns with a Bachelors Degree: One Year Paid Internship
Housing is provided by hosting ministry (or a cash equivalent living stipend).
Interns paid a living stipend from $200-$1,200/month (depending on site).
Free tuition in City Vision
College for a full year paid by hosting ministry. (Optional)
Expectation is typically 40 hours of volunteer work per week.


Change the World One Heart at a Time!

L'Arche communities are places where those with disabilities, called core members, and those who share life
with them, called assistants, live, work, pray and have fun together. Experience with people with disabilities is
not required. Essentially, the role of assistant at L?Arche Chicago has five components. The following is an
indicative, but certainly not exhaustive explanation of these components.

Inter-personal accompaniment of core members:

listen, talk and share experiences with core members to build mutual relationships
learn what is important to each core member
offer support and advice to help core members navigate personal situations (work, family, inside L?Arche, etc)
provide input and feedback to help core members make good decisions and progress towards personal goals
Practical accompaniment of core members.

Drive core members where they need to go
Help core members schedule appointments with doctors, therapists, social worker, other professionals
Help core members schedule dates with family and friends
Order and pick up medications
Help core members with banking, shopping and other aspects of daily life
Provide feedback on hygiene, health or weather appropriate clothing if necessary

Active participation in spiritual life and community activities

Take turn planning evening prayer with core members
Share at least some worship experiences with core members, other assistants
Share responsibility for planning monthly community night
Attend L?Arche Chicago friend/fundraising and social events
Attend regional, zone and Federation retreats and meetings
Record keeping and paperwork

Complete state of Illinoisrequired 40 hour training
Initial and sign core member med books on daily basis
Track, chart and sign core member ISP goal tracking sheets as required by individual goal set-ups
Record core member spending money
Make required annual medical appointments and complete required paperwork
Conduct and record fire, tornado and any other required safety drills
Complete and file incident reports as necessary
Physical maintenance of property and related responsibilities.

Purchase groceries, cleaning items and other household goods with help of core members
Prepare healthy meals with help from core members
Clean house, launder house linens, maintain yard, shovel walk, etc with help from core members
Maintain vehicles

Qualifications for the position include:

Interest in living faith community
Desire to work with people with special needs
Creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, time management skills
Verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work as part of a team
Bachelor's degree (preferred)
Driving license

Full-time assistants receive room and board, monthly stipend, two weeks, vacation, generous health, dental and
vision insurance. We are also seeking part-time occasional respite assistants. Please go to our website:


At least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
Must have bachelor's
Must be a Christian
U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien, or have a valid student or work visa
Able to make at least a one year commitment (may be extended by mutual agreement)
Able to financially live on just free housing, stipend and any outside income sources you have.
Able to relocate to a location of a ministry site (unless a site exists at your current location)

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