The members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 can be often be found dancing, working with arts and crafts and building bonds of sisterhood like any other Girl Scout troop, but their connection goes beyond friendship.
They are all part of the first troop in New York City organized exclusively for homeless girls.
“It kind of feels like you’re not alone,” a scout named Sinai told TODAY. “It shows you that you’re not the only one who has the same problem.”
The approximately 20 girls and their families, who are part of the estimated 62,000 homeless people living in shelters in New York City, live with 100 other families in a Sleep Inn motel in Queens.
There have only been a handful of troops in Georgia, Florida and California over the past 30 years that have been formed for homeless girls, according to The New York Times.
Giselle Burgess, a single mother of five who lost her home in August, helped create Troop 6000 in February with the help of the Department of Homeless Services.
“Our mission is to instill girls with courage, confidence and character,” Burgess said.
The $25 membership fee, the $20 dues and the $75 starter kit for each member is covered by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. The group is also accepting donations to help with funding.
Source: TODAY |