L'Arche Toronto



Our Spring 2017 Gatherings Newsletter is now available online!

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Twist n' Sip - Groove 2017






















  • $20 in advance
  • $25 at the door
  • FREE for online fundraisers and donors and FREE for children under 14 years old

Click HERE to purchase advance tickets.

Twist n’ Sip and much more!

How You Can Help us Reach our $80,000 Fundraising Goal:

Become an online fundraiser. Help us reach our $45,000 online fundraising goal! Just click HERE to join an existing team, or create your own a team. You can also sign up as an individual (‘join as an individual’). You will make a huge impact! You can also download a paper sponsor form to collect donations in person.

Make a donation. You can make a donation online by clicking HERE. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to make a donation, or donate to an existing individual fundraiser or team. Make sure to use the ‘Find a Person or Team’ search function.

Become a corporate sponsor. Make your mark as a socially responsible business! Click HERE to become as a corporate sponsor. Or email katie@larchetoronto.org for more information.

Become an individual event sponsor. This year you can showcase your profile in the community as a committed philanthropist. When you donate $500-$10,000 you are eligible for reward levels of an individual event sponsorship. From free tickets to the event, free admission to a Sol Express production, and custom artwork by L’Arche Toronto core members, you can make a difference and receive something special as a sign of our gratitude! Click HERE to become an individual event sponsor. Or email katie@larchetoronto.org for more information.


The busiest season for giving is upon us. It’s that time of year when L’Arche Toronto receives a significant number of donations! Please consider keeping us in mind as you make your year-end gift.

Inclusive community participation has a profound difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. There’s never been a greater need in our community for fulfilling work, volunteer, or high-quality day program activities.

Here’s how you can help:

  • $1,105 will provide one individual with meaningful community participation for one month.
  • $276 will provide one individual with meaningful community participation for one week.
  • $55 will provide one individual with meaningful community participation for one day.

Here are some reflections from core members in our community:


Please partner with L’Arche Toronto to provide high-quality day programs, as well as volunteer and employment opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities.

We accomplished so much in 2016 and with your help we can do even more in 2017!

Donate by December 31st to receive a charitable tax receipt for your 2016 return!

Are you a first-time donor? The First Time Donor’s Super Credit offers you an over-and-above 25% one-time tax credit on your charitable gifts up to $1,000. It’s available to any Canadian who is new to charitable giving, or has not claimed a charitable donation in the last five years. You can read more on the Canada Revenue Agency website: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/dnrs/menu-eng.html.

…we, the people of this earth, learn to be with people with intellectual disabilities, not just wanting to look after them and give money for their well-being. By living together we will help them to discover their fundamental value. They have gifts to offer our societies and the world.  

- Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche



Our Winter 2016 Gatherings Newsletter is now available online!

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Harvest Howl L'Arche Toronto Sol Express.  Open Mic, Live Music, Dancinga nd much more.  Friday, October 28th, 2016 from 7pm-10pm at the Fox n' FIddle at 535 Danforth Avenue at Pape and Danforth.  Suggested Donation $10


Melvin Kirzner

April 3, 1942 – June 18, 2016

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Our dear friend and Community Elder, Melvin Kirzner, passed away on Saturday, June 18.

Mel spent his final days in palliative care at TO East Hospital.  He was surrounded by those he loved and those who loved him.

Two of his dear friends, Julie Malichen-Snyder and John Guido reflected on their relationships with Mel at his memorial service on June 20th.

Julie Malichen-Snyder shared:

Mel and I used to keep a jar on the desk at Wolverleigh and later in my office.  Once a week all coins less than a quarter were put into that jar and when it was full he would decide which charity he wanted to help. Mel watched the news each night and sometimes, truth be told, he absorbed the news as he slept in his chair and he had an awareness of where the greatest need would be and the money would be sent there.

To read Julie’s eulogy in full, click here.

John Guido said:

I was privileged to see the deepest part of Mel right from the start. Mel and I served soup a few times at the Good Shepherd Mission, and he often talked of how important it was to show the men that we cared for them. I also saw his tender heart for little ones, whether animals or people; he loved to visit with Carol or Rosie from Daybreak; he delighted in the years when two babies, Marika before me and Timmy after, lived with him at Wolverleigh. With a little support, he was the most caring man.

To read John’s eulogy in full, click here.

We will always remember Mel with great fondness and with deep gratitude for his life. May he rest in peace.




L'Arche Toronto Sol Express is offering A Summer Creative Arts Program for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities! Sessions run in July and August: July session: July 4th - 21st. August session: August 2nd - 25th. Participants can register for full weeks or individual days within each session (eg. Monday - Thursday for the July session, or Mondays only for July session). Times: The program runs Monday to Thursday from 10am - 3pm. There is no program on Fridays. Location: The Gathering Place, 186 Floyd Avenue, Toronto. Cost: $65/day. Transportation is not provided. For more information or to register, please visit: www.larchetoronto.org/blog/register or call (416) 406-2869 x 24. Ready to build your self-confidence, explore your creative side, develop your skills, and make new friends? Join Sol Express today and discover your inner artist! The program includes: creative expression, various artistic methods & techniques, visual arts, music, movement, storytelling. Charitable Registration No. 86072 8179 RR0001

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Our Spring 2016 Gatherings Newsletter is now available online!Pg1-NEWSLETTER_SPRING2016_final_nocrop2

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Here are the highlights of this edition:

  • A Message from our Community Leader
  • Welcome Harlan Jr.
  • Growing Together at Community Weekend
  • Gearing up for L’Arche Toronto’s 1st Annual Twist n’ Sip Groove-a-thon!

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A flyer with the following text: L'Arche Toront Twist n' Sip Groove-a-thon. Saturday May 14 from 6-8pm. Riverdale Hub at 1326 Gerrard St East (Greenwood / Gerrard). The Twist n' Sip is a fun filled night of music, dancing, and drinks for a great cause! Help us reach our goal of raising $60,000 for L'Arche Toronto and L'Arche Toronto Sol Express! The list of activities includes: -Live DJ - Breakdance performance by special guest B Boy Airborne. -Free activities & treats: photo booth, face painting, cotton candy, gelato (thanks to Dolce on Wheels). -Fun for all ages and abilities. -Free giveaways and great raffle prizes. -Cash bar. -Two hours of groovin' to support adults with intellctual disabilities. For more information, contact Katie Nelson, Development and Communications Coordinator. 416-406-2869 ext 22. katie@larchetoronto.org. Presented by Seamless Care Pharmacy. Sponsors: Teaobrama. Sweetgrass Brewing Co. Sol Express. L'Arche Toronto. Ticket information below.

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