There are seven Friendship Houses in the U.S. and one in Scotland. The one in Fayetteville, North Carolina, opened late last year, and is the newest and most novel. It is intended to allow students in health care professions the opportunity to learn from disabled people.
Juana Luz Tobar Ortega spends her days at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church sewing pillow covers, sculpting clay cups and bowls and cooking pupusas and tamales.
Spencer Cullom undertook the yearslong process to become ordained in the United Methodist Church. She hoped that her denomination would drop its restrictions against LGBTQ clergy and allow her to follow that call. But she knew that might not happen.