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Prairie Elementary Makes Change Count

Every year, a 6th grade leadership team at Prairie Elementary conducts a Community Outreach Project with a local nonprofit. This year, they partnered with HALO to host a school-wide Change that Counts fundraiser. During the week of April 9th, students became Change Ambassadors and raised $1,307.95. That means we can provide 5,232 meals for children in need! Thank you to …

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The Power of Self-Love

Last weekend, HALO Founder Rebecca spoke at INDULGE KC, an all-day event dedicated to finding your inner warrior. Along with women from the Kansas City community, Rebecca went through a series of workshops and workouts focused on finding balance and inspiration. She also took to the stage to talk about HALO and how her stroke three years ago affected her …

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Bringing Girl Scouts to NYC Shelters

You may have seen a feel-good piece in the news lately about a certain Girl Scout troop. Troop 6000 was specifically created for girls living in New York City shelters. We already loved Girl Scout cookies but this initiative makes them even sweeter! They plan to host meetings every week at shelters across the city. All meetings will be led …

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…your local superheroes!

We’ve been working on a very special project with Gordon Parks Elementary in Kansas City. Over the past few months, HALO hosted art workshops for the kindergarten and 3rd grade classrooms. For the final project we worked with the kids to create their own superhero. We talked through what kind of super powers they want, what their costumes look like, …

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HALO Honors Auction Team as Volunteers of the Month

The 13th Annual Kansas City HALO ArtReach Auction is not possible without incredible volunteers. This month, we honor this impactful group who are committed to helping children in the greatest need. Examples of day of volunteer roles include set up for silent auction and art items, photography, transportation of supplies/materials, check-in, check-out, preparing won auction items, mobile bidding, live auction …

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Children Who Have Never Had Accountability Face a Tough Hurdle to Overcome

HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh writes: “Where are you going?” Pause. “Someone wants to know where I am going? What? Why?” Accountability is hard for all of us. For children who have never had anyone to answer to, being ok with accountability is one of the toughest hurdles to overcome. A quick little story about a Sunday night family dinner. All …

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New York Kids Helping Kids

The 5th graders of PS 183 in New York City held a rummage sale on Saturday, March 24th, to benefit HALO. Every year, PS 183 holds a Social Action Day and this year students chose HALO as one of their causes to support. They raised over $2,000, including $600 for HALO! We’re so impressed by the compassion and organization of …

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#HumansofHALO: Basketball Fever in the Timau Home

The US sports’ world is not the only one ablaze with basketball fever. Our boys in the Timau home in Kenya have fallen in love with the sport. With a bit of ingenuity and passion for the game, they’ve found creative ways to play! Here is their awesome story: The boys at the Timau Home have a new found love …

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A Dramatic Uptick in the Youth Homeless Population

Youth homelessness in Kansas and Missouri has jumped a staggering 55 percent within the last year. It is part of a larger trend among Midwestern states where the most vulnerable among us are found living on the streets without key resources. Youth (24 years and younger) in urban areas, like Kansas City, have been the hardest hit by this. Shelters …

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Jefferson City Magazine Feature

Jefferson City Magazine caught up with the residents and house moms of the HALO Home one year after opening our doors. The HALO Home is a two-year transitional living program providing a safe haven for homeless teens and their babies. We focus on “developing strong, confident women in a safe, warm, and supportive environment.” We teach our residents everything from …