HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh writes:
We just finished Thanksgiving Dinner at one of our HALO Homes. One of our HALO girls Leah stood up bravely, and said she was thankful for the opportunity of a new life and grateful for her HALO family. I walked away overwhelmed with gratitude. Seeing our kids gathered in a room, safe, and loved makes our hearts so full. Although there were stories of victory and hope, there were also moments of sadness that tug at my heart.
I sat next to Autumn who is a feisty, strong, smart, natural leader. Autumn leads chores and even decorates the door of new girls when they move in. Autumn looked at me after dinner and said, “This was a first for me.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
"Well, I have never had Thanksgiving before. And I have definitely never said grace. I didn’t even know what that was.” My heart sank.
This is why it is important for us to teach our kids through moments. It’s not just about shelter. It’s not just about food. It’s about love, and at HALO, love heals. We model this for our HALO kids and show them we are always here for them. To break the cycle, they need to know what it looks like to have Thanksgiving dinner, how to say thanks, how to have a conversation without screaming, how to make a bed, how to dress, how to eat at a restaurant, how to shake a hand. If they know how to do things like this, they will be able to one day share those things with their families.
We at HALO would like to say our thanks to everyone who made the evening possible, and serves as the foundation of a family for our youth.
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