The smell of cookies baking in the oven, the sound of laughter from friends and family, and the reassurance of having a place of belonging are the hallmarks of many Provo residences during the holiday season and throughout the year.
However, not all local residents have that sense of belonging. It is for that purpose the new Encircle home for LGBT Family and Youth Resource Center is opening next year in Provo, the first such home in the state.
Stephenie Larsen, Encircle’s executive director, said as an attorney, she used to defend neglected and abused children.
She now cares for her own children and has high hopes she will be able to help many of the LGBT youth and families in Provo and surrounding areas.