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Leadership Changes at L'Arche Tahoma Hope

Dear friends and supporters  of L'Arche Tahoma Hope,


Change is a constant presence at L'Arche. Seasons and celebrations come and go; assistants arrive and depart; core members are welcomed  and sometimes are bid goodbye as well. Throughout, the mission and spirit of L'Arche stay strong,and the community remains centered  on mutual  relationships and trust in God.


After 12 years as Community Leader, Stacy Cates-Carney has decided to transition out of the role. Stacy has come to this decision after over a year of discernment and discussion with the Board. Stacy's transition will take effect in June of 2015. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Stacy for her leadership. She has been a steady and uncompromising presence with a deep love for the community. When she came into the Community Leader role,the organization faced some significant challenges. She will leave us on strong financial ground, with an excellent regulatory record, solid policies and procedures in place, and a culture  of inclusion and celebration that ensures the L'Arche flame will continue to burn brightly in Tacoma.


The next steps in Stacy's transition include a renewal of our mandate (strategic plan}, which is almost completed. We will then begin a focused search process to identify a new Community Leader by May. The Board intends to have at least a month of overlap with a new leader in place before Stacy steps down. Along the way we will find a variety of times and places in which to honor Stacy's leadership and to bid her farewell. We know that it won't  be easy to find someone to step into Stacy's shoes. We intend to cast the net widely, so we ask that  you think about people you know and steer them in our direction if they are interested. Finally, we let you know so that you might keep L'Arche in your thoughts and prayers during this time  of transition.


The Community Leader Job Description, along with a timeline and the new Community Mandate will be posted the week of February 9th. If you are interested in more information, please email the Search Team.


Laura Giddings, Board President

Quote by Jean Vanier
The Mission of L’Arche is:

  • To make known the gifts of people
    with developmental disabilities,
    revealed through mutually transforming
  • To foster an environment in community
    that responds to the changing needs of
    our members, while being faithful to the
    core values of our founding story;
  • To engage in our diverse cultures,
    working together toward a more human


































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