HALO Alums Madison and Marjai Share ‘HALO Effect’ at Inspire Luncheon New York Benefit 

Kansas City, MOHALO, a nonprofit that helps homeless and at-risk children around the world, is holding a discussion with leaders who are making a difference at the Inspire Luncheon on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Standard Hotel in High Line New York. Moderated by Founder of SmartHER News Jenna Lee, followed by a special short documentary featuring HALO Alum Marjai’s healing journey through poetry with a personal update since being featured at the 2019 New York benefit, and then an exclusive interview by famed Photographer, TV Personality and Creative Director Nigel Barker with HALO Alum Madison who graduated from the HALO housing program. A panel of speakers to follow with Moroccanoil Co-Founder Carmen Tal, Fashion Designer Nicole Miller, Creator of Monstar Jack Barker, HALO Alum Madison and HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh– all using their platform to give back to HALO and to other organizations. Tickets are available athttps://haloworldwide.org/event/inspire-luncheon. Doors open at 11 a.m. One-hour program begins at Noon.

“HALO believes every child should have the support of a family,” said HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh. “For years, we’ve supported kids like Madison and Marjai who share powerful stories of resilience and become contributing members of our community. When we invest in our kids, their life’s trajectory can positively change forever.”

The number of homeless children is growing every day. The demand is outpacing the supply. As cited on Voices of Youth Count, each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness, of which 700,000 are unaccompanied minors, meaning they are not part of a family or accompanied by a parent or guardian. On any given night, approximately 41,000 unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 experience homelessness.

Special HALO Alums include 24-year-old Madison and 22-year-old Marjai. Both will share their experience with HALO and the resources that helped them defy the odds of youth homelessness.

Due to Covid-19, this is the first in-person HALO New York event since 2019. Event photos to reference are here. All event proceeds will benefit HALO.


HALO believes every child should have the foundation of a family. Since 2005, HALO has provided love in the form of housing, healing and education to heal homeless and at-risk children. Featured in the Moroccanoil INSPIRED film series, “American Spirit” of CBS Evening News, “Heroes Among Us” and “25 Women Changing the World” of PEOPLE magazine, “The Today Show,” Variety Magazine, and Oprah Daily, HALO serves over 3,000 children and supports 15 programs around the globe each year. It has Learning Centers and Housing programs in Kansas City, and Jefferson City, Missouri, and art programming in New York and Portland. HALO also supports orphanages and programs in Uganda, Kenya, Mexico and India. Learn how Love Heals at HALO and help one more child spend one less day alone at www.haloworldwide.org.