Throughout the years and with your support, we have grown significantly to serve more children. HALO now includes scholarship programs, HALO Homes, and Learning Centers all over the world. We now have locations in Kansas City, Jefferson City, Mexico, Kenya, Uganda, and India.
HALO Kansas City, Missouri: HALO was founded in KCMO in 2005 with the mission “to help one more child spend one less day alone”, HALO has established programs from its headquarters to all over the the world to end youth homelessness and provide a family foundation for the past 15 years.
Currently located in the KC Stockyards District, HALO’s HQ serves over 700 local youth while partnering with other agencies. HALO KC consists of a learning center with therapeutic art programs, tutoring, scholarships and staff offices. In 2021, HALO will break ground on the Learning Center, two HALO Homes, and offices. Modeled after the Jefferson City HALO Home, HALO will expand on 37 acres right near the KC Royals Stadium.
Sewing workshop with KC Designer, Whitney Manney, in the current KC Learning Center (Photo taken in 2018)
HALO Jefferson City, Missouri: HALO Jefferson City consists of the Jefferson City Girls Home, Learning Center, and Jefferson City Boys Program
The Jefferson City Girls Home opened in January of 2017, and served over 109 youth in 2019. The Home accepts pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting girls ages 16-21, and their children, who are in homeless or high-risk situations. Here the Learning Center offers Life Skill Workshops, such as college prep, and Learning Center Programs. Support systems are implemented to help youth set and achieve their future goals while being overseen by a Youth Advocate.
The Jefferson City Boys Program is a safe place of healing and hope by putting at-risk and homeless teen boys on a path to a positive future. Tutoring, connecting with male role models, developing life skills, healthy relationship building, and recreational activities help youth get out of crisis mode and set long-term goals. Resources are year-round and they are open during the after-school hours of M.-Th. 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Jeff City Girls Home
Jeff City Boys Program
HALO Mexico: Lirio de los Valles in Tijuana was the first ever HALO-supported orphanage. The HALO scholarship program provides tuition aide for education, school uniforms, therapeutic art and other urgent needs. In 2019, 60 children were served.
HALO Uganda: The two homes in Uganda are the Lungujja Girls Home and the Kibuli Boys Home. Within these homes, the average length of stay is 3 years and after they move into the Resettlement & Boarding School Support Programs. In 2019, HALO was able to serve 584 youth in Uganda.
The Kibuli Home averages 8-12 boys in the home at a time, typically between the ages of 7-17. The home overflows with creativity, sports, and love. Tutors, counselors, mentors, and caretakers help support and develop these youth.
The Lungujja Home averages 10-15 girls living in the home at a time, and they are between the ages of 7-17. Within the home, counselors and mentors put on weekly programs including, most recently, self esteem counseling, general health talks and fellowships.
In addition to the HALO Uganda Homes, there is an amazing HALO Learning Center in Uganda. Here, a collaborative space is provided for HALO Uganda youth to gather, learn, teach, grow and flourish. The Learning Center has a computer lab, outdoor space, dance studio, salon studio, and a tailoring workshop room. With this space, courses in salon technique, dance choreography, music education, fashion & design marketing, and basic computer skills are provided.
HALO India: In 2019, the Ashirvad Home in India and Scholarship Program served 45 children. With this and mentors, HALO youth are able to further their education and become their best.
Recently, the Ashirvad Home spread kindness to their community by distributing food to those in need during COVID-19. 80 packages in total, filled with food and essential items, were distributed during the month of April 2020. We are so thankful that even in a time of uncertainty, our HALO family is determined to continue showing love to everyone they can.
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