After Bill died in 2009, he was eulogised as a man of great sensitivity, as a man of relationships, and as a man of humour. “How do you get Holy Water? You boil the hell out of it!” Bill got a lot of mileage out of that joke!
At L’Arche our vision can be expressed in two words: “Vivre Avec” (for it came with us from France) or “Live with”. Not “to work for” because sharing life is the work of L’Arche! When you have been born into a world that rejects you, when you have been shuffled to the fringe of society and you see yourself as less than whole and someone says to you “I would like to share life with you”, together you create an environment of acceptance and affirmation. That is the most life giving therapy that can happen – and it has been happening at Daybreak for over 40 years!
~ Steve Newroth – founder of L’Arche Daybreak along with his wife Anne, and Bill the first core member at Daybreak.