HALO provides housing, healing, and education to over 1,400 homeless and at-risk children.
HALO began in Kansas City, MO by HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh and has served as the foundation of a family for children who need it the most since 2005. Their mission is to help one more child spend one less day alone. Domestically, HALO serves about 700 children in Kansas City and 100 children in Jefferson City, MO each year.
“HALO is proud to partner with Equinox & Solstice Outdoor,” said HALO COO Nicole Gerken. “Every purchase truly impacts a child not only with providing a jacket to keep them warm but to also boost their confidence and to show our children that they are loved and supported in the community.”
At HALO, homeless isn’t helpless.
For kids living alone on the streets, HALO represents far more than food and shelter. It represents the day their entire life changes because the children and teens we work with don’t just exceed expectations, they defy the odds.
That’s because HALO offers kids who only know a life of broken homes, dreams, and hearts, the foundation of a family – an all-in commitment focused on reversing the toll taken by the physical, emotional and mental burdens carried by homeless kids.
Here’s how they are changing lives:
More than a safe place to go, HALO houses give kids a safe place to grow.
Providing the foundation of a family means we not only give homeless kids a safe place to sleep, but we also teach them how to make their bed every morning.
That’s just one of the hundreds of little how-tos most kids learn from their parents or grandparents. HALO kids learn them here in order to take on a wide spectrum of needs, from simply surviving the night, to surviving their first job interview, to thriving on their own as successful young adults.
Through therapeutic art, our kids are able to process their past and image their future as HALO supports healing holistically, through counseling sessions, medical check-ups, and life skill courses.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and our kids have plenty of stories to tell. But often, they don’t want to talk about their life before HALO. Therapeutic art provides kids with a safe place to purge painful memories and share their stories, so they can start the healing process without having to say a word.
Living at the fringes can leave lasting scars, inside and out. So beyond the breakthroughs brought about through works of art, HALO supports healing holistically, through counseling sessions, medical check-ups, life skill courses and a program called iEmpathize, which teaches kids how to recognize and avoid negative relationships, sex trafficking, and predators.
A little love goes a long way in helping kids come back from the edges of their community, so they can someday play a role in shaping it.
For kids used to being on their own, a little support through tutoring, college prep, and scholarship programs goes a long way.
HALO puts homeless kids on a path to a positive future. Through tutoring, professional development, scholarships and help to prepare for higher education, our kids work hard to leave the “at-risk” label behind and finally be seen as just a great kid with the potential to do great things.
“The goal with our kids is to break the cycle of poverty and for children to becoming contributing members of their community.”
To learn more about HALO, visit haloworldwide.org.