Troop 6000 is the first in New York City designated solely for homeless girls. Such Girl Scout troops are rare nationwide. Giselle Burgess, leader of Girl Scouts Troop 6000, irons on patches at Girl Scouts of Greater New York headquarters in New York, New York Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

“We’re starting a chain reaction,” she said. “Hopefully, in the next couple years, there will be more Girl Scout troops in shelters.”

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