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L’Arche Winnipeg receives a boost

Plenty happening with local organization, which helps those with developmental disabilities

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L'Arche executive director Jim Lapp, director of fund development and communications Diane Truderung, and member Leonard, are shown at L'Arche Tova Cafe.

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L'Arche executive director Jim Lapp, director of fund development and communications Diane Truderung, and member Leonard, are shown at L'Arche Tova Cafe. Photo Store

Three L’Arche Winnipeg homes will soon be even better equipped to serve those who need them.

The Transcona-based organization received over $34,000 from the federal government on March 21 from the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The money will be used to install exterior ramps at three of the organization’s homes, which house people with developmental disabilities.

L’Arche will need more funding to complete the project, though it is waiting to hear back on another grant application.

Two others are already fully accessible, while one is partly accessible. L’Arche Winnipeg also has two apartments to serve its 27 members.

"We need accessibility ramps because our members are getting older and it’s harder for them to access their home," Diane Truderung, director of fund development and communications, said.

"Lots of our folks have walkers now, and a few get around in wheelchairs," added executive director Jim Lapp. "Our goal is to keep people in the home that they’ve been in for as long as possible, but that doesn’t always work out."

The pair said people with developmental disabilities, particularly Down syndrome, begin to show signs of aging more quickly.

The organization also recently benefitted from the Cruisin’ the Peg Sub-Zero Cruise Event on March 8, with $3,400 raised through the social, which featured a performance by Harlequin. The event was organized by Cruisin’ the Peg manager Dale Hickey.

"Our members really, really enjoyed it," Truderung said. "It brings our members with developmental disabilities in a place where everybody gets to talk to one another, and it was great to see the rapport between everyone."

That money might be used for the ramps project, if needed.

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