Since 2005, HALO Jefferson City has grown to consist of a HALO Home, Boys Program and Learning Center with multiple programs hosted by hard-working volunteers, leaders, and staff.
In June, these efforts were recognized and further explored by Hannah Kiddoo Frevert from Jefferson City Magazine.
In the article "A Place to Call Home" on June 25, 2020, the Jeff City Boys Program, Girls Home, and Learning Center are featured.
Darian Pruitt is a role model who lives in the Boys Program. In addition to how Darian met HALO CEO Rebecca Welsh, Pruitt speaks about why this program exists and how exactly it impacts at-risk youth's lives.
Suzanne Wilson is the Director of the Jefferson City HALO Home. Retiring from an education background, Suzanne decided to come out of retirement to help pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting girls ages 16-21, and their children, who are in homeless or high-risk situations.
Darian Pruitt, HALO Jefferson City Boys Program Manager
Suzanne Wilson, HALO Jefferson City Director. Photos by Keith Borgmeye.
Both of these HALO programs are important to the Jefferson City community. They help abused, neglected, or at-risk youth have a safe space to turn to. In these safe spaces, youth are able to grow and develop through programs and role models. With offered programs such as living basics, therapeutic art, counseling, medical check up assistance, and life-skills, HALO is fighting to break the cycle of poverty.
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