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L'Arche was founded in 1964 by French-Canadian philosopher Jean Vanier, to provide support for people with an intellectual disability to share their gifts. There are two communities in Australia, with the Canberra foundation about to celebrate its 25th an...
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While at Akin Gump, David hired ...
While at Akin Gump, David hired a young lawyer by the name of John Cook.
John later left the firm to become the executive director of L'Arche GWDC.
"The natural thing would have been ...
"The natural thing would have been to clean the body, sit with it, say some prayers and then call the funeral home," said John Cook, L'Arche Greater Washington's executive director.
by John Cook, Executive ...
by John Cook, Executive Director
There was another moment about 25 years ago when L'Arche core person Melonie Nelson said to me, "John Cook
, you gotta quit hatin' yourself.
John Cook has been the executive director of L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C. since 1996.
This article is an excerpt from his
talk at the annual Heart of L'Arche fundraising breakfast held on May 6, 2014.
John Cook doesn't look like a ...
John Cook doesn't look like a man facing the prospect of 900 days in jail.
As I meet Cook in the home he runs for mentally disabled people in Adams Morgan, the D.C. government is threatening to slam him with fines and jail time because he refuses to evict a 75-year- old man whose greatest wish in life is to have his own little apartment.
The fire department wants Sampson out, even though Cook, executive director of L'Arche in Washington, applied months ago for a change in paperwork that would make it okay for the sixth person in the home to stay.
Nothing the D.C. government can do would make Cook
remove Sampson from the only apartment he's
spends an inordinate chunk of his
life fighting D.C. bureaucrats.
Mostly, their inane wishes are his
Like the time a fire inspector came in, saw Joseph and ordered Cook
to install a "cat door," a four-foot-high obstacle to keep the cat out of the kitchen.
Cook immediately complied.
A year later, the same inspector returned and summoned Cook
: "What's that thing?"
"L'Arche is grateful to ...
"L'Arche is grateful to Arlington County, the State of Virginia, and other friends who have helped increase the richness of this neighborhood by welcoming people who at one time would not have been able to live here," John Cook, L'Arche executive director, said.