We often get questions regarding the logistics of the work that we do in our Kansas City Learning Center . Who does HALO serve? Where do we find them? How do they get to our workshops? Many of these questions can be answered by one word, partnerships!
Here in Kansas City, we partner with local shelters and programs to stretch their services and fill the gaps between existing agencies. Currently, we are partnered with Fairfax Learning Center, reStart, The Salvation Army Children's Shelter, Cornerstones of Care, Hillcrest Hope, and Newhouse. Most of our partners will bring HALO kids to our space for weekly scheduled workshops. With others, we get the privilege of sending volunteers to them. Continue reading to find out more about what some of these partnerships are all about.
For students at Fairfax Learning Center, an alternative high school in Kansas City, coming to HALO's Learning Center for an art workshop is much more than just earning half a credit toward graduation. For most of these students, a lot of things have happened in their life that makes succeeding in your typical high school difficult. HALO gives them a place to express those emotions and learn to heal. HALO has been partnering with Fairfax for the last few years. Fairfax brings their students to HALO several times a week, where they complete an art project to learn about a life skill, such as compassion and empathy. This provides students with the opportunity to receive class credit, develop relationships with positive adults, and heal from their past.
For children living in reStart homeless shelter, HALO provides the consistency and opportunities for personal development that they need to become independent adults. While reStart gives them a place to live, HALO helps them heal from the trauma of their past. When kids get to come to our therapeutic art workshops, they learn about self care and professional development. These are things that help them get a job, setting them up for a successful future. Our two organizations work together to fulfill both the physical and mental needs of children, helping to provide the foundation of family.
For youth who find themselves staying at The Salvation Army Children's Shelter, HALO creates a space for them to come and simply just be kids. The Salvation Army brings their kids to HALO once a week, providing a constant in their often chaotic lives. Many of these kids spend time worrying about where they will get their next meal, our art workshops give them an opportunity to be a typical kid and work on an art project, prompting them to express their emotions. HALO is a place where they can open up through art and begin to heal from past hurt, while also developing relationships with positive adult role models.
These partnerships, along with the ones listed above, are crucial elements in helping us to fulfill our mission. These partnerships are the way that we find our HALO youth, giving us the opportunity to positively impact their lives. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our HALO workshops with these partnered organizations, click here: