About Adelaide

Chairperson: Trevor Whitney

Deputy Chairperson: Rochelle Whelan

Secretary: Lyn Whitney

Treasurer: Mel Zerner

Spiritual Facilitator: Shelley Cochrane

Legal Representative: Lisa Christo

Address: PO Box 48, Rundle Mall, SA, 5000

Phone: Trevor 0403 711 653


Tax deductible donations can be made to L’Arche Adelaide; please email us if you would like to make a donation.

Our History & Future

Supporters of the L’Arche community in Adelaide first met in January 2013. We were drawn together by a common vision of seeing a faith-based L’Arche community home for adults with intellectual disability established in South Australia.

After this first meeting, the group continued to gather regularly – to share stories, pray, eat together, celebrate, and begin an ongoing journey towards understanding what it means to be a L’Arche community in SA.

In January 2015 we held our first community weekend at the Highgate Park chapel in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs. Approximately 24 people attended, including people from interstate L’Arche communities, gathering for community building, envisioning, fun and worship.

In mid 2015 L’Arche Adelaide officially became an incorporated body under the banner of L’Arche Australia. In November 2015 L’Arche International accorded our group project status.

In January 2016, we appointed our first permanent board. We have a  mandate to guide us as we take further steps on the road to community.

In May 2017 we ventured into community care, offering a week of ‘Welcome and Hospitality’ to one of our core members. We aim to offer similar weeks in the future as our community grows and we are able to establish a home.

On Saturday 9th September 2017 we held our first ever fundraising dinner.  We are fundraising to provide a home of ‘welcome and hospitality’. We are aiming to fund the rental cost of $25,000 per year for one community home for 5 years.  Ultimately, we would like the stability of owning these homes in trust. We would welcome your support. Donation/Pledge forms are available upon request from Lyn (

Our community gathers together on the first Sunday of each month. Our community weekend is held in January each year. All are welcome to our gatherings.

We welcome new members. If you would like to become a member or supporter, or find out more, feel free to contact Trevor on 0403 711 653 or

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