Each year, we look forward to our "I Defy the Odds" Photoshoot to show off some of our youth who defy the odds every single day. Kenny Johnson Photography graciously takes these amazing portraits for us, and we reveal them at the Inspiration Breakfast in September. We would like to highlight a few of the participants, as well as relay some of the reasons why this photoshoot is so important to us.
Let's start with professional photographs - the foundation of all this. Many, if not all, of our youth have never had professional photos taken of themselves. This opportunity not only makes them feel special, but helps boost their self confidence and worth. They come to understand they ARE worthy of this experience. That they make an impact in our community. That they are special to us, and we want them to recognize that. That they do, in fact, defy the odds.
Up next: hair and make-up. This is a similar concept to professional photos! Again, the majority of our youth have not has professional hair and make-up done, and don't think they will ever get the chance to do so. This investment makes them feel special, worthy, and important. We as a staff already know these things, but strive to help our youth see those things in themselves. Simple acts like these make a huge impact in our kids' lives and are much more valuable than most people know. This opportunity is amazing for our kids as we love to spoil them when we have the chance!
This week, we'd like to highlight a very special member of our HALO family: Frankie. Frankie has been involved with HALO for many years, and she perfectly exemplifies what it means to defy the odds. As one of the two girls in our pilot housing program, she has demonstrated to us her strength, tenacity, dedication, vibrance, kindness, and work ethic. Frankie is an amazing mother to her toddler, Pharoah, and is working hard to give him the best life she possibly can. Since she is graduating our housing program, she will now live in her own apartment and continue to provide for Pharoah. We are confident that they both have a beautiful life ahead of them. We sure hope she stays involved with HALO for years to come! We are so proud of you, Frankie!
We are so very excited to debut these beautiful portraits from 2019! Get your ticket for the "I Defy the Odds" Inspiration Breakfast on September 19, 2019 to hear these kids' stories, be inspired by other speakers, and support their ability to defy the odds of homelessness.