Shekinah has been growing in Victoria since 1975. The same year Maria Dady and Margaret O’Donnell founded L’Arche Victoria. From there, a community of homes and people has steadily progressed. In 2003 Shekinah Homes Society was born out of L’Arche. While wholly independent from L’Arche, Shekinah embodies the same philosophy as inspired by Jean Vanier; who originally pioneered the concept of living together with people of different abilities, nurturing the spirit and celebrating humanity together.