Story and photos by Robin De Angelis

“It really gets everyone involved and it’s an activity that everyone can be a part of.”

Alex Reid has been a live-in assistant with L’Arche—an organization that helps people living with disabilities—for almost 10 years.

Reid is in charge of Bethany House, one of three L’Arche homes in London, Ont.

Food is an integral part of life at Bethany. Members of the home come together each night to share supper.

“It’s a meaningful time to socialize,” says Reid. “We talk about our days – it’s a good time for prayer and reflection.”

Alex Reid is head chef for the night at Bethany House.

Food also helps L’Arche connect with the larger community.

Every month, the organization hosts a potluck dinner and fellowship night to bring its members together with the people of London.

L’Arche provides housing, workshops and programming for people with intellectual disabilities in communities around the world. The organization was founded in the 1960s by Canadian humanitarian Jean Vanier.

“If people are new to our community or want to get to know us, we just say come for supper,” says Reid.