Happy International Women’s Day!


Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day is a celebration of everyday women making extraordinary change in their communities across the world. It’s a call to action to advocate gender parity and to encourage more meaningful change for women by women.

In honor of this day, HALO would like to recognize the women in this organization that makes what we do possible. Everyone here believes in the power of love to transform the lives of children. By nurturing each child’s wellbeing and passions, we not only hope to make a change in their lives now but to foster continual growth that will help them succeed in the future.

There are lots of wonderful women in HALO who work every day to provide kids with the love, support, and education. Here are just a few of them.

Rebecca Welsh

It started out with a vision: To make sure each child spends one less day alone. For 13 years, Rebecca has worked to make this vision into a reality. She founded HALO and through her advocacy, vision, and hard work, she has laid the groundwork to provide love and shelter for a network of kids in her own community and around the globe.

Betty Sundermeyer

Betty has been with the organization for nearly 12 years. She’s our organization’s Financial Coordinator. A master of logistics and a jack-of-all-trades, she ensures that daily HALO operations run smoothly. Her accomplishments were highlighted in Jefferson City Magazine.

HALO Stars

At HALO, nothing makes us more proud than to see our kiddos succeed. Here are few of our amazing talented women already making a difference in their lives and the community.


Juny has been a part of HALO since 2015. She came over to the United States from Egypt the previous year after her mother passed away in order to seek a better education. Recently, won the 2017 KCSA Education Fund Scholarship, which will help her continue her education at the Metropolitan Community College!


Amari has been a continual inspiration to her peers and everyone here at HALO. She joined our family when she was 16 years old, pregnant with her daughter Zari. We’re in awe of her strength and dedication to make a better life for her daughter. She has since completed the HALO program and is now working in Jefferson City. Recently, she spoke at the 10th annual Jefferson City ArtReach Auction.


Tiana is another HALO youth making a real difference in the world through her proven leadership skills. She’s the first HALO recipient of the KSCA Education Scholarship Fund. She attends the University of Central Missouri where she is a committee chair for Black Collegians, making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in the community. She also came back to HALO to assist in a professional development workshop to teach kids like her the fundamentals of success.