After 8 years of working in the Kansas City community, HALO staff gained thorough knowledge on the abundance of the homeless youth population. While there are many housing resources for the population, HALO learned that all the established organizations had few to no openings, and an extensive waitlist of children awaiting housing. Until these children are selected for a housing spot, they bounce from couch to couch, living out of cars, and oftentimes on our Kansas City streets.
As our staff worked in shelters all around the city, one fact could not be ignored. There was an abundance of children who had nowhere to sleep at night. In 2015, HALO responded to this need by opening a small housing program for teens in homeless situations.
The HALO Home in Kansas City is an up to 24 month-long program that provides free housing for pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting youth ages 16-21 years who are in homeless or high-risk situations. The goal of the HALO Home is to help youth get out of “crisis mode”, set long-term goals for themselves, and learn how to live independently.
It is our long term vision to build this program into a full functioning HALO Home in Kansas City, providing additional resources for the homeless children in our community. If you are interested in learning more about this project please contact Sally Sallee.[/cs_text]
HALO LEARNING CENTER
In 2006, HALO identified there was a gap in resources when it came to future focused programs for homeless youth. Existing organizations that provide the basic needs to these youth, often times were short on resources to focus in on the youth’s passions, dreams, and futures.This means that a child who once lived in a shelter ended up homeless, incarcerated, or in many cases, dead.
In 2007, HALO began offering programs to children in homeless shelters to help them set and attain tangible life goals. These programs include therapeutic art and life skill based programming. Programming is based around providing the greatest impact, in a shortened amount of time, allowing youth to leave with new information, or a finished project.
Current programming includes weekly Art & Life Skill workshops, quarterly Vocational workshops, year-round Professional Development courses, scholarship opportunities, and special events such as HALO Summer Showcase Celebration. All programs are designed and taught by HALO Center staff and knowledgeable volunteers committed to empowering HALO youth.
The HALO Learning Center in Kansas City serves over 700 homeless and at-risk youth each year. HALO has served over 3,000 homeless and at-risk youth in Kansas City. Our Partners include reStart Inc., Fairfax Alternative High School, Operation Breakthrough, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, Salvation Army Children’s Shelter, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Spofford Home, and Sheffield Place.
“HALO has introduced new activities to our clients, the types of which they would not have been exposed to otherwise. HALO’s courses and workshops have been great for our clients — from Professional Development to Back to School Makeovers, and everything in between. Several clients learned of lucrative scholarship opportunities through HALO, and have been able to attend college as a result. Overall, BBBS KC appreciates all that HALO does for us!”Steven Coleman, Match Activities Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC
ABOUT KANSAS CITY
More than 2,000 youth in Kansas City are without a home at any given time.
1 in 4 homeless people in Kansas City are youth under the age of 18
8% of homeless people in Kansas City are youth between the ages of 18-24 years.
HALO has provided services to homeless children in Kansas City for over 10 years.
Over 3,000 homeless youth served since open
Future-focused programming to help homeless teens set and attain goals
HALO ArtReach Auction
Feb 24th, 2017
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JOIN OUR TEAM
We are currently hiring interns for our the HALO Home and the HALO Learning Center.
Please email the HALO Kansas City Director Carly Manijak for more information.
To learn more about how you can get involved and make a life-changing difference for homeless children in Kansas City, please contact Carly Manijak.
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KANSAS CITY STAR
1600 Genessee #200
Kansas City, MO 64102
Carly Manijak, Director