Jean Vanier and l’Arche have been part of my life and work for more than four decades. Finding words for how I understand this is difficult; a beginning would be the consciousness, awareness and a readiness to witness that has become part of the way that I experience the world. This understanding and experience of the world is linked to experience of Jean Vanier and the l Arche communities. One example is when the earth quake struck in Haiti; there was a community of people that my group of special adults could reach out to. In Japan there was also a l’Arche, and in India, and Uganda, and here in Montreal- a metro stop away, all linked by people that value being present. This brings the world to a size that can be understood and responded to; that on every continent and still in ones own neighborhood there is this link to a shared humanity.