That includes the little girl in the blue-star shirt. The NOEL Lodge opened its doors about 5:30 p.m. to let the first 15 people in for the night. There would be showers to wash off the sweat and grime of a long day spent outdoors. Supper would be provided and there would be a bed with clean sheets and, hopefully, a good night’s rest.
Wednesday was the first day of kindergarten for the girl in the blue-star shirt. But unlike most of her classmates, she woke up that morning in Hutchinson’s homeless shelter.