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January/February 2019

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40 | January/February 2019 O F E A T U R E A place for friends BY CATHERINE PRITCHARD | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW WONDERLY O n a chilly evening in December, a group of people sat around a table in a home at the Friendship House campus in Haymount. ey played board games, talked, traded jokes and laughed – a lot. "is is how I hoped it would be," said Scott Cameron, the spark plug behind the project that will provide afford- able, integrated housing for 18 college-level healthcare students and six young adults with intellectual and develop- mental disabilities. e aim is to give the delayed residents a chance to improve their independent and interdependent living skills and give the students experiences that will help them become more knowledgeable and compassionate in their dealings with patients, other people and themselves. Cameron, a neonatal physician and minister, lived in a Friendship House in Durham when he was a student at Duke University and was deeply affected by the experience. Aer moving to Fayetteville, he proposed creating a Friend- ship House here. In just two years' time, the idea roared from concept to fully constructed reality with the help of individuals, com- panies and institutions that donated cash, goods, services and property to the $1.3 million project. e once scrubby lot on Arsenal Avenue that used to provide overflow park- ing for nearby Highland Presbyterian Church is now the beautifully landscaped site of three Colonial-style homes that will house the healthcare students and the young adults known as Friend residents. e property also includes a spacious covered pavilion,

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