Noel Lodge receives $1,200 Helping Hand
When you find yourself in a bind and without a home, there are only a handful of places where you can have an extended stay. The Noel Lodge in Hutchinson is one of those places.
When you look inside Noel Lodge, an emergency shelter run by the non-profit New Beginnings, you'll see beds, not cots, and pictures on the wall.
Program Director Jo Mora says they try to make this feel like home, complete with chores and responsibilities for everyone who stays here.
"We want them to take some ownership in what they're doing here. We want them to have a very nice experience here and that way when we can get them into transitional housing, those expectations will continue for themselves," said Mora.
Noel Lodge is a 30 day emergency overnight shelter for men, women and families. It gives people like Michael Jacobson a chance to get back on his feet.
He and his girlfriend stayed there when they moved to Hutch in 2017.
"We didn't have any money in our pockets. We started here at the Lodge and used the resources here to rebuild our lives," said Jacobson.
This facility, which has been running at capacity, has four staff members and many volunteers. It relies completely on community support for funding.
"We're currently sitting at a $60,000 deficit for going into next year. How worried are you? Um, I want to say I'm not very worried because this community has always rallied around Noel Lodge," said Mora.
"Jo, knowing all the good that you guys do, it's obvious. Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers want to give you a Helping Hand and give you $1,200 to continue what you're doing," said Scott Evans. "I can see why you saved that to last. Oh my goodness. Thank you so very, very much. That will make a huge difference to the people who come through Noel. I'm going to cry now. There are so very many of them. We appreciate it so very much. Thank you," said Mora.
Jacobson was able to go with Mora to meet Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James.
"We would like to thank New Beginnings Noel Lodge for the amazing things they do for our community and for people in need, and we're excited to contribute," said DeVaughn. "Thank you very much for this, this is going to help us out a lot," said Mora.
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