They live and make L’Arche live in Brest every day – Le Relecq-Kerhuon

For twenty years, volunteers, civil servants and volunteers of the public service L’Arche in Brest, in Relek-Kerhuon, have been caring for adults with disabilities. A few days before the anniversary, which will take place on Saturday, May 21 in Carmel, a meeting with three people who know the structure well: Claire Focon, a four-year employee, Veronica Maraval, a volunteer, a “friend of the structure” since 1998, and finally, Florent Pulhuel, a 27-year-old adult.

How did your relationship with L’Arche begin?

Veronica: “In 1998, a small group from Caillou blanc (l’Arche de Clohars-Fouesnant, editor’s note) arrived at the request of the Carmelites, who were to make the place a reception. We had a family friend who was involved. At first, the idea was not to create another ark, but simply in a friendly place. I am a volunteer, but above all a friend of the structure, because, in addition to daily activities, I keep friends. “

Claire: “My grandmother was at Arche fifty years ago, and my husband was a member of the board. It’s more than friendship for me, it’s brotherly friendship. “

Florent: “I’ve been here a long time. In 2001-2002 I came with my father and mother. My dad was a volunteer. He was driving a garden tractor. I decided to live here. I used to go to NAME Plabennets. “

Claire: “His father is sitting in a chair, and he took care of a large garden.”

Has the location changed from the beginning?

Veronica: “When we arrived, there were sisters’ cells. Everything has been redesigned for greater functionality and light: an evolution that has created workshops. The park also benefited from the work.

Claire: “Oh yes! Here we are within the medical and social framework, so there are standards that must be respected. I remember the place where I got lost. The building is surrounded by a large wall.

What are you doing here ?

Florent: “I do sports, go to the gym, do bodybuilding. I play table tennis, I play by myself. And I love watching football.

Veronica: “I take care of rest, theater, walks and walks.”

Claire: “I volunteered for ten years and was hired for four years. I take care of the garden, music, board games… Importantly, people say hello, we go at their pace.

And in the future?

Claire: “We are increasingly working on events outside the walls. We have a big project of a workshop in the center of the city, where it would be possible to organize events for everyone. “

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L’Arche in Brest du Relec-Kerhuon celebrates its 20th anniversary ?!

More than twenty years have passed since the adventure that gave rise to L’Arche in Brest, in Relek-Kerhuon. L’Arche in France is a national network of structures that accept people with mental disabilities. In fact, shortly before 2000, a small group of people from L’Arche Le Caillou blanc, from Clohars-Fouesnant, arrived in Carmel after the Carmelites left a few years earlier.

Carmel Relek-Kerhuon was historically a castle built in the late 19th century by a Russian prince for Rosalie Leon, a singer from Guipava, with whom he was madly in love. Both died before construction was completed, and the castle had several other owners before the Carmelites invested, from the 1950s to 1995.

The name is chosen for less confusion and more visibility

So this group is starting to lay the groundwork for what was first called L’Arche au Carmel in 2002, 20 years ago, and then very quickly L’Arche à Brest: according to those in charge, Arche au Carmel caused confusion, people came here and thought they would find nuns there. They add that the name L’Arche au Relecq-Kerhuon, but L’Arche à Brest, has also been retained for clarity.

L’Arche’s mission is to accommodate adults with disabilities in boarding schools and half board. There are now fourteen of them in the boarding school, divided into two buildings: the Ker Aeol building since 2002 and the Penuel building, which opened in 2009. Fourteen more come only during the day. Many activities are offered during the day: the range is very wide, both outdoors, such as gardening, and indoors, such as painting, woodworking, pottery, sewing, theater…

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