The Ark Store
Many locals and passers by learn about L'Arche Works at The Ark Store in Iron Mines, Cape Breton. Good quality used clothing, inspirational books, local and Nova Scotia crafts, and crafts made at our workshop are sold here
Several core members are employed at the store, and they are kept very busy. Lindsay is in charge of putting out new stock on a daily basis and making sure the items for sale are presented in their best form. Cathy looks after folding and sorting the baby clothes. Each day she neatly folds and arranges the stock in the bins. Michael is in charge of stamping the price tags with the L'Arche logo
It seems as though the first place people visit when inquiring about L'Arche Cape Breton is our store, The Ark. So, we are conscious that we represent the community well, and we are prepared with a warm welcome and information about the community, says the Ark Program Leader, Cindy Johnstone. We all work together as a team to make the Ark Store interesting and successful
The Ark is located just off the Trans Canada Highway at Exit 4, Orangedale. We are open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
About L'Arche Cape Breton
L'Arche Cape Breton was founded in 1983 when Tom and Anne Gunn invited Janet Moore to come and live with their family. Today, we are a community of approximately 50 people. We have six houses, an apartment, a chapel, a hermitage, a house of welcome and retreat, a small garden, and a full work program called L'Arche Works (including a used clothing store, a workshop, a day program, and an integrated work placement program with the local businesses).
L'Arche Cape Breton is an ecumenical, Christian community. We welcome people of all religious backgrounds, and those with no religious tradition. We often say that it is not important to be religious to be an assistant at L'Arche Cape Breton. It is only important to be open to the beliefs and traditions of others. In fact, many assistants rediscover their faith in the simple day-to-day life at L'Arche.
L'Arche Cape Breton is perhaps best known for its rural setting and its simple lifestyle. We seek to live simply, in solidarity with those with disabilities, and with unemployed and marginalized people everywhere. We live counter-culturally, recognizing the importance of relationships over the acquiring of material possessions and power.