• Kelly’s 70th Anniversary Gives Back to HALO (8/21/2017) HALO recently partnered with Kelly’s Westport Inn to celebrate its 70th Anniversary in Kansas City. They have teamed up with Stockyard Brewery to create a specialty brew called County Clare Irish Red Ale. All proceeds from the ale benefit HALO. These guys are INCREDIBLE!! In addition, they partnered with Normal Human T-shirt Company in the Crossroads…
  • Help HALO Win the Kind Bar Causes Grant. Just click on “Vote” (8/21/2017) Use your power for good! Super easy to make an incredible impact. Simply “Like” our Kind Bar project and share on Facebook and Twitter. Click here now. Right now, we have 149 votes. We need 3,000+++. Please help us! We will use the funding to focus on feeding two of our international homes, one home in…
  • Roost Market KC Aug. 26 & 27 Benefits HALO (8/21/2017) Join HALO at the first Roost Market KC event on August 26 and 27 and shop with 70+ awesome artisans and makers at Union Station. $1 of every ticket sale benefits HALO. Check out the official Roost Market Kansas City Facebook event or visit the Roost Market KC website to purchase tickets.
  • Women’s Equality Day – August 26. Sales Benefit HALO! (8/21/2017) In honor of Women’s Equality Day, Moroccanoil is donating 10% of all proceeds to benefit the charities of INSPIRED BY WOMEN™. HALO is one of them. Visit Moroccanoil.com on Aug. 26 to make a purchase. #InspiredByWomen    
  • British Army Training Unit Volunteers at Kenya Baraka Home (8/16/2017) Members of the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) have recently been volunteering at the HALO Baraka Home. Volunteers from BATUK have spent four days helping HALO build a new dining hall, a space where our children can enjoy meals together as family. The British Army volunteers have also helped build new storage units, book shelves…
  • Equality with Rebecca Welsh (8/15/2017)   “I believe our most important job as humans is to truly love others as we would love ourselves. Now if we really think about that, that is a lot to ask these days. We live in a society that centers around self, based on the number of likes we get for ourselves, constantly concerned…
  • August’s Life Skill Speaker Megan Sappington Speaks on “Confidence” at HALO Staff Meeting (8/9/2017) Confidence is a powerful tool and life skill. Once you harness positive energy and confidence, and believe what you want is attainable, you begin to make it happen for yourself. It can truly mean the difference between succeeding and (unnecessarily) accepting defeat. Megan Sappington, yoga teacher of 20 years and owner of The Yoga Studio in…
  • Kenya Ambassador Meet & Greet (8/9/2017) International HALO Ambassador to Kenya Aleks Stogsdill is currently back in the U.S. temporarily before returning to work for HALO in Kenya. Aleks spent part of her childhood living with her family in Kenya, and returned there earlier this year to serve as HALO Ambassador. Aleks works closely with the two youth homes supported by…
  • HALO Center Summer Showcase 2017 (8/8/2017) On July 7th, HALO hosted their Annual Learning Center Summer Showcase and we want to thank everyone who attended and those who volunteered to celebrate the art made by our youth. A special thanks to Arts KC, Whitney Manney, Jukeboxx Media, STEAM Studio, Sarah Burns, Brooke Barrier, Jill Harmon, Morgan Coil, Maria Sanchez and Camille Serrano!…
  • HALO Art Gallery – Pieces are NOW for sale! (8/2/2017) A picture is worth a thousand words, and our kids have plenty of stories to tell. But often, they don’t want to talk about their life before HALO. Art Therapy provides kids with a safe place to purge painful memories and share their stories, so they can start the healing process without having to say…
  • I Am More (7/26/2017) HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh writes: “Dignity is the state of being worthy of respect. We are all born with it. It is that voice inside us that tells us are worth more than we sometimes think we deserve. Many times for our kids, their dignity is all they have. Its the voice inside of them…
  • Imprinting Respect (7/25/2017) At the HALO Learning Center, youth practice a different life skill each month through creative projects. A quote about our monthly life skill is posted for the youth to see, to start a discussion at the beginning of each workshop.  We ask them to give a definition, or in some cases an example of this…
  • #HumansofHALO (7/25/2017) “My dream home feels like an actual family. I haven’t grown up with a so called family. I’ve grown up with no one eating dinner together, we all go to our rooms, arguing, no family time, my dad’s always at work. My stepmom is always on her phone. My little brother is the number one…
  • Rebecca Welsh Speaking at CreativeMornings (7/25/2017) HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh is set to speak at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art as part of a seminar series by CreativeMornings, Friday, July 28th at 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CreativeMornings is a free monthly breakfast lecture series that focuses on a different topic each month. This month, Rebecca will be delivering a…
  • I Defy the Odds Kansas City Inspiration Breakfast (7/25/2017) Be inspired by stories from HALO kids who prove that homeless isn’t hopeless. Join us Thursday, September 21 to learn what is happening in our own backyard and across the world. Doors open at 7 a.m. Program begins promptly at 8 a.m. and ends by 9 a.m. Breakfast is provided. Please join us by purchasing…
  • Motorsports Workshop (7/25/2017)   Last week, HALO youth were able to slide into the front seat and rev the engine of a real racecar! HALO hosted an Explore Workshop with Jacob Blair Motorsports, where Jacob discussed the many careers associated with motorsports – everything from racing to promotion and video development to managing the mechanics of the car….
  • HALO Places Kansas City Homeless Youth Center Stage to Shine: “What does home mean to you?” (7/24/2017) For Immediate Release Contact: Nicole Gerken July 24, 2017 913.548.8875 (cell) HALO Places Kansas City Homeless Youth Center Stage to Shine “What does home mean to you?”   Kansas City, Mo. – HALO and the Kansas City community are recognizing the outstanding achievements of its local homeless and at-risk youth, bringing them center stage at…
  • Chadwick Brooks speaks at July HALO Staff Meeting (7/18/2017) This month’s lifeskill is all about respect. On Tuesday, July 11th, HALO invited Chadwick Brooks, Event Director of Walter & Ferris, LLC, a production and consulting company dedicated to nurturing creative ideas, to join us and speak at our monthly staff meeting. Thank you, Chadwick, for helping provide direction and advice to help HALO grow…
  • Dream Spaces Come Alive (7/17/2017)   HALO provides housing, healing, and education to children in the greatest need, but not without the help of our beloved HALO Family. We are lucky to partner with so many incredible volunteers, organizations, companies and donors who bring life to our mission. One of our amazing partners, STEAM Studio hosted an incredible project for…
  • This is my story, will you listen? (7/12/2017)   Meet Amari, HALO child who recently completed the HALO program. We are her family always. “When I was 6 months old my mother was convicted of murder and sentenced to 13 years in prison. When I was little, I lived with my dad off and on and loved every bit of it. I could…
  • Perseverance at its Best (6/27/2017) HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh writes: “Instead of going to dances and games and Central Dairy with friends, she spent her days and nights caring for a family member who physically couldn’t care for himself. She lived in a basement with him and couldn’t keep up with the demands of her classes. She was headed toward…
  • Healing in Kenya (6/22/2017)                                       Having the foundation of a family can impact a child’s life forever. HALO is that foundation for children all over the world. Here’s an inside look on how this loving support shapes our HALO children in…
  • HALO is Hiring: Join a Super Driven Team with a Purpose (6/22/2017) We are a super driven team with a purpose. Are you super driven? Come join us. Details below. Job Title: Operations Coordinator Hours: Full Time Location: Kansas City, Mo. Description: Are you the Jack or Jane of all trades? Do you love to give tours and share stories? Can you empower others around you? Perfect opportunity for someone…
  • Five Ways Art Helps Children (6/20/2017) If a picture is worth a thousand words, our kids have a lot to say.                         At the HALO Learning Center, we provide future-focused art programs to empower homeless youth and equip them with the necessary skills to become contributing members of society. So…
  • Kendra Gives Back Party (6/7/2017) Kendra Scott and HALO are teaming up for a night of fashion and fun at this years Kendra Gives Back Party! Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit HALO. The event will take place Thursday, July 11th from 5-7 p.m. at the Kendra Scott Leawood location. It costs $200 to fully support a HALO child in…
  • HALO Child Featured in Kansas City Star for Slam Poetry Competition (5/26/2017) After winning the regional slam poetry competition in March, a team of nine Lincoln College Preparatory Academy students will take their talent to the next stage of the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in San Francisco in July. One of these students is Marjai Neal who has been a part of the…
  • Hollo Family Honored as May Volunteers of the Month (5/26/2017) Huge thanks to our May volunteers of the month, the Hollo Family! Steve, Stephanie, Joe, & John have been volunteering with the HALO Learning Center – KC for almost a year, but have made a big impact in such a short time. The Hollo family has participated in two Career Fairs at HALO, talking with interested…
  • 4 Ways to Focus Like a Pro, from VML Director of Social Media (5/9/2017) Do you ever find yourself struggling to focus and get things done, especially when deadlines are looming, and you don’t know where to start? Like many life skills, learning to focus is not something that comes naturally for many of us. It is a skill that must be practiced and refined, even for executives who…
  • HALO Youth Explore Opportunities at Career Fair with Knights of Columbus (5/3/2017) HALO youth explored careers and opportunities ranging from web page development to applying for college at this quarter’s Career Fair. HALO partnered with Knights of Columbus and the Education Opportunity Center to showcase a wide variety of paths that youth could take such as sound production, mechanics, nursing, college opportunities, electrical and web page development….
  • HALO Children Learn to Express Emotions Through Poetry (5/3/2017) Children at the Kansas City Learning Center individually presented the poems they wrote at HALO’s recent Spoken Word workshop. Volunteers from the Kansas City Art Institute presented on spoken word poetry and how to go about creating it. The poems our children created touched on issues like abuse, mental illness, police brutality and the future….
  • April’s Volunteer of the Month (4/26/2017) HALO honors April Volunteer of the Month Cindy Bartko. We appreciate Cindy helping with the ArtReach Auction, monthly office tasks, securing supplies and even donating a pair of Garth Brooks tickets. She is always thinking about how she can help with HALO and really cares and follows through. Thank you, Cindy! Check out the rest…
  • HALO Children Finish Self-Care Workshop Series with Lesson on Relationships (4/21/2017) This week we concluded our three-part series at the Kansas City HALO Learning Center focusing on self-care. The final workshop explored relational self-care and empowered our children to discern a healthy relationship from an unhealthy one. Relational self-care entails acknowledging and appreciating relationships in your life that are good for you, stepping away from toxic…
  • Truman University Greek Week Raises $10,800 for HALO Home In Kenya (4/19/2017) During the week of April 1st- 7th, Truman State University greek students hosted a series of events to raise money for charity. HALO was chosen by students as the International Philanthropy to receive proceeds from the events. Events included a volleyball tournament, clothing drive, scavenger hunt, and lip sync battle. They also set up a…
  • Former HALO Child Returns to Teach HALO Youth Professional Development (4/19/2017) Tiana first came to the HALO Learning Center three years ago, where her hard work was rewarded with a scholarship provided by one of HALO’s partners. After beginning college in the fall, she returned to HALO- but this time as volunteer and workshop facilitator, teaching HALO youth professional development. Tiana, along with her classmates from…
  • HALO Children Focus on Emotional and Spiritual Self-Care (4/19/2017) At HALO, we provide love to children who need it the most by teaching them the importance of self-care. Last week, we concluded the second workshop of our three-part series at the Kansas City Learning Center, focusing on emotional and spiritual self-care. The HALO children learned what emotional and spiritual self-care entails, participated in self-talk…
  • Lemonade Stand Raises $700 For HALO (4/19/2017) HALO supporters in Pittsburg, Kansas hosted a lemonade stand to benefit HALO. Brady Vanbecelare, Kayla Robbins, Emery Wilbert, Brady Mynatt, Lacy Wilbert, Barett Wilbert, and Weston Wilbert, hosted their first lemonade stand for HALO in 2016 and raised $600. This year the group sold lemonade, cookies, and raffle tickets for one dollar. Tickets purchased were then…
  • Garth Brooks Ticket Raffle (4/18/2017) HALO is raffling off two tickets to the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood for Saturday, May 13, 2017. The tickets are located in section 217, row 4. Tickets are 1 for $25, 5 for $100 or 10 for $200. You can buy tickets using the link here. The $200 donation fully supports one Kansas…
  • Professional Artist and Kansas City Native Inspires HALO Children at Explore Workshop (4/12/2017) During the last week of March, HALO welcomed professional artist and Kansas City native Jaime Sanchez for an Explore Workshop, giving HALO children a unique opportunity to explore possible passions and careers in art. Like many of our HALO children, Mr. Sanchez grew up in a rough neighborhood and faced his fair share of difficult…
  • Kansas City HALO Child Featured in PBS Campaign (4/12/2017) Sixteen-year old HALO child, Marjai, was recently featured in an article about bearing the burden of being homeless while in school, which is a reality for nearly 2,000 children in Kansas City. The story is part of Kansas City Public Television’s campaign, Take Note, which aims at uncovering where local school systems are failing and succeeding….
  • Jefferson City Mayor, Business Owner, Artist…How Does She Do It? Here Are Her Time Management Tips (4/12/2017) HALO’s life skill for April is time management, and we were lucky enough to have Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin squeeze us into her schedule to speak at our monthly staff meeting and tell us the secret to wearing many hats. Tergin has been the Mayor since 2015, and before that she served six years…
  • HALO Children Learn Self-Care Techniques in Three-Part Workshop (4/12/2017) While HALO offers healing and support for children, it is also extremely important that they learn self-care. The HALO Learning Center kicked off night one of its three-part Self-Care Workshop last week, with HALO children learning everything from how much water they need to drink to relaxation techniques. The workshop was led by Maria Sanchez,…
  • March Memories in Uganda (4/12/2017) Wondering what the boys and girls in Uganda have been up to lately? March was filled with fun every weekend! Here’s what happened at the Bukesa, Makerere, Kibuli and Mengo homes last month: First weekend: The children learned how to make some delicious pizza -a rare treat because cheese is expensive in Uganda- and who…
  • HALO Fundraising Shop Opened by Bryce Dallas Howard France Blog (4/11/2017) Bryce Dallas Howard France, a blog for Bryce’s fans, has been inspired by our work and decided they wanted to help by creating a fundraising shop. The shop sells Bryce related products for her fans to buy like stickers, phone cases, and shirts. Custom made bracelets are also being sold. 80% of all proceeds go to HALO….
  • HALO Partners with Jacob Blair Motorsports (4/4/2017) HALO is excited to partner with Jacob Blair Motorsports, a local race car driver and student in the Kansas City area.  Jacob plans to bring his race car to the HALO Learning Center and speak to HALO youth about his experiences as a driver. In doing so, he hopes to teach the children about cars…
  • HALO Partners With Top Gun KC For Golf Tournament (4/4/2017) HALO is proud to partner with Top Gun KC for the Top Gun Golf Invitational on May 13, 2017. Top Gun KC is a group for young entrepreneurs in the Kansas city area. The tournament is organized and put on by its member each year to benefit a charitable organization in Kansas City. HALO is honored…
  • Hyper RPG and The HALO Foundation Team Up to Raise Money for At-Risk & Homeless Children (4/4/2017) Hyper RPG and The HALO Foundation Team Up to Raise Money for At-Risk & Homeless Children   Premier Twitch Channel Teams Up With Charity for 2nd Time April 7th at 11am PT. Vows To Double Previous Donation. Los Angeles, California (April 2017) – Twitch super-channel Hyper RPG announced today that they are teaming up with…
  • Salon Speak Partners with HALO (3/29/2017) Salon Speak is a trendy, innovative salon and boutique located on 1736 Broadway Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108. They offer a variety of beauty services as well as lapel pins and other Kansas City themed trinkets. Lauren Tweedie designed a new pin for Speak Salon, the Speak Blowdryer Enamel Pin, in which all proceeds will…
  • 2016 Annual Report (3/29/2017) Our 2016 annual report is here! 2016 was a year full of growth for HALO. We celebrated the opening of our new HALO Headquarters and Jefferson City HALO Home, hosted our annual artreach auctions and raised over $250,000, and continued our programs both here and internationally to help serve children in the greatest need. Read the…
  • Respect Round Robin (3/28/2017) Fairfax Alternative High School partners with HALO so that its students can receive a portion of their art credit for graduation, while also working on life skills. Fairfax explores the life skill respect in March. During the second workshop of the month, students, HALO staff and volunteers participated in respect round robin. Everyone was instructed…
  • KC Public Schools Spring Break & Community Resource Fair (3/22/2017)   On March 14, HALO participated in the Kansas City Public Schools Resource Fair during spring break. The KCPS Spring Break & Community Resource Fair included community resources ranging from Arvest Bank to ReStart, and also offered a free selection of books for families and students to browse through. The HALO Foundation shared information with families…
  • HALO Spring Preview (3/22/2017) Looking ahead to spring, more artwork and programming is in the works for the HALO KC Learning Center. In March, we will be holding an Explore Workshop with an entrepreneur basketball trainer. We will also be hosting an Explore Workshop with artist Jaime Sanchez. Both workshops will explore each individual’s career path and journey. On…
  • Charcoal Compassion (3/22/2017) In February, Fairfax Alternative High School explores the life skill compassion. Fairfax Alternative High School partners with HALO so that its students can receive a portion of their art credit for graduation, while also working on life skills. For the last workshop of the month, the youth were asked to portray compassion; what it meant…
  • IEmpathize (3/22/2017) This past February, HALO facilitated another installment of iEmpathize, which teaches youth how to tell the difference between a positive or exploitative relationship in their lives. IEpathaize also explores how powerful empathy can be, as it implies action against the exploitation of others. Activities during iEmpathize included discussing negative pulls and the disguises people can…
  • Health Report from the Uganda Homes (3/21/2017) Health education is important to the HALO family in making sure our children are happy and healthy and grow up with the knowledge they need to prevent disease. In January and February, we talked with our children about the importance of personal hygiene, sanitation, and how to prevent diseases such as typhoid and malaria. Sadly,…
  • Makerere Boys Home February Update (3/15/2017) Hello from the Makerere Home! The boys had a great month, getting settled back into the busy routine of the home. The mentors started off February by setting expectations for the month, including academic, hygienic, behavioral, and so on. The boys are serious about improving their grades this time around and have created a study…
  • Bukesa Boys Home February Update (3/14/2017) Hello from the Bukesa boys! The boys had a great month, getting settled back into the busy routine of the home. The mentors started of February by setting expectations for the month, including academic, hygienic, behavioral, and so on. The boys are serious about improving the home this and have created schedules for a weekly…
  • Mengo Girls Home February Update (3/14/2017) Hello from the Mengo Girls Home! This has been a great month for these ladies, with many celebrations and fun times. At the beginning of the month the girls had a secret day! They each drew names before Christmas and bought gifts for one another. The game before each person opens their gift is to…
  • Kibuli Boys Home February Update (3/14/2017) Hello from the Kibuli boys! The month started off well, with the boys sacrificing a Saturday to volunteer in their community. The boys went to a hospital for mentally ill youth to help clean the compound and surrounding area. They were joined by three other homes, creating a tighter knit HALO family! We are proud…
  • Listen to These Inspiring Stories from Our HALO Children (3/9/2017) Hearing our children’s stories of success reminds us of why we do what we do. It’s why the HALO family and volunteers dedicate countless hours of our lives to this mission: to provide a foundation of a family for children without one, and most importantly, love. Listen to these girls’ stories below to see how…
  • 12th HALO ArtReach Auction Recap (3/8/2017) On Friday, February 24th, HALO Kansas City hosted its 12th Annual ArtReach Auction at Studio Dan Meiners. We raised almost $150,000 because of our amazing supporters! The evening started with a cocktail hour and silent auction, then continued with dinner and the presentation of HALO 2017 Award Winners. Our HALO 2017 award winners include: Volunteers of…
  • HALO To Recieve 50% Of Online “Heather” Dress Sales The Month Of March (3/8/2017) Actress Bryce Dallas Howard has teamed up with Dress The Population and HALO to raise money for children in need. Bryce has chosen the “Heather” as the Dress The Population March charity dress. During the month of March, we will receive 50% of the online proceeds from any color in this style! Click here to visit the website…
  • KOMU Reveals Completed Jefferson City HALO Home (3/8/2017) Watch KOMU’s coverage on the completion of our beautiful Jefferson City HALO Home that will house up to 48 homeless and at-risk girls ages 16-21. We are so excited to expand our mission of providing a home as well as the foundation of a family for girls without one.
  • HALO Jefferson City On Morning Show KRCG-TV Channel 13 (3/8/2017) The 9th annual ArtReach Auction in Jefferson City, Mo. was hosted at our brand-new HALO Home on Fri., March 3. Guests had the special opportunity to see first-hand where their donations go. Around 300 people were expected, with a donation goal of $150,000. The annual ArtReach Auctions are HALO’s biggest fundraisers, and the money that’s…
  • And the ArtsKC Innovator Award Goes to…HALO! (3/1/2017) HALO is excited to receive the Innovator Award at the 14th Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon last Thurs., Feb. 23, 2017! Helping at-risk and homeless children heal from their past through artistic expression is at the core of our mission, and it is such an honor to be recognized for our impact on the Kansas City community….
  • HALO Announces BIG Plans for Kansas City (2/27/2017) For over 12 years, HALO has built housing programs all over the world. Providing the foundation of a family for children without one. In 2017, we opened the new HALO Home in Jefferson City, housing up to 48 children. And now it’s Kansas City’s turn. There are 2,000+ homeless children on any given night in…
  • January Update from the Makerere Home (2/17/2017) Whether they returned to their communities to spend quality time with family over winter break or stayed at the Learning Center to improve their literary skills, our boys at the Makerere Home in Uganda kicked off the new year on the right foot. The boys spent the remainder of January getting settled in and preparing…
  • January Update from the Bukesa Home (2/17/2017) We are so proud of our boys in the Bukesa Home, as they have some very exciting news to share! Mark has received a full ride athletic scholarship for his final two years of secondary school and could be well on his way to a professional basketball career. After a year of rigorous hard work,…
  • BID NOW: Two Red Carpet Dresses Worn by Bryce Dallas Howard (2/17/2017) Two Dresses to Benefit HALO Children OPTION 1: Stunning red carpet dress worn by Bryce Dallas Howard at the 2017 Critics’ Choice Awards. Purchased at Nordstrom and is by Topshop, size 8 US. This dress has received so much attention. Read here. BID NOW. OPTION 2: Sparkling ruby red carpet dress worn by Bryce Dallas Howard at…
  • Online Bidding Open for KC ArtReach Auction (2/17/2017) Happy Friday! Browse our online catalog of over 80 items! AND we have more coming in. We have the BEST supporters!!   BID NOW  
  • Yordano Ventura (2/14/2017) We are honored to have this beautiful artwork donated by Artist John Bukaty. It was painted by Bukaty the morning of the death of Yordano Ventura.  It is 24“x48” on wood. Framed. Bid now on this item. This is a LIVE Auction item at the 12th Annual HALO ArtReach Auction on Feb. 24. Do you have your tickets…
  • January Update from the Mengo Home (2/13/2017) At HALO, January’s life skill is “goal setting,” and the girls at the Mengo Home in Uganda have already gotten to work. They’ve resolved to improve their academic grades by waking up earlier and have formed study groups for subjects they’re struggling in. HALO is proud of its Mengo girls and their achievements! Read more to…
  • January Update from the Kibuli Home (2/13/2017) HALO is happy to report that the Kibuli Home in Uganda is off to a good start in 2017! The boys enjoyed a month at home with their families over winter break and returned to their HALO family in January. Last month they learned “goal setting,” a valuable life skill to start off another year toward…
  • News Tribune Reports on New Jefferson City HALO Home (2/8/2017) There are limited shelters available for the 135 homeless youth in Jefferson City and only a very small portion of the community is even aware of this issue. With the grand opening of the new HALO Home in Jefferson City, HALO will make an even bigger impact within the community, providing shelter, basic needs and…
  • HALO Kansas City Welcomes New Interns (2/8/2017) HALO Headquarters welcomes six new interns to our Kansas City office for the Spring semester. Gaby Berberich (left) and Kelsey Duffy (right) are new marketing interns and will be working on a variety of projects from social media to helping with the ArtReach auction.                 Kelsie Jennings (left)…
  • HALO Announces 2017 Award Winners (2/8/2017) HALO is excited to announce its 2017 Award Winners! It takes many to make HALO a success; these individuals and companies are recognized for their exceptional involvement and commitment: Janie Schrader and Irina Protopopescu as Volunteers Jeff Albright and Lene Westerman as Advocates The Farmer Family and Clockwork as Supporters Nina Irwin as Artist Marjai, Tiana,…
  • Jefferson City HALO Home Is Now Open (2/7/2017) For many teens in Jefferson City, each day is filled with the uncertainty of not knowing where they’ll sleep that night, but one more child will spend one less day alone now that the HALO Home is open. Since Jan. 24, homeless youth now have a bed to sleep in and a safe place to…
  • Feb. 24: Kansas City HALO ArtReach Auction (2/2/2017) HALO’s annual ArtReach Auction is just three weeks away, and our sponsors list keeps growing. This is the 12th year of the auction, and this year’s dinner is being provided by Em Chamas Brazilian Grill, West Bottoms Kitchen, Moxie Catering and Ragazza. KC Bier Co., Major Brands and Clear 10 Vodka are supplying drinks. KC…
  • HALO Announces Chief Giving Officer Sally Sallee (1/27/2017) HALO is excited to announce Chief Giving Officer Sally Sallee as a new team member to join the HALO family at the Kansas City Headquarters Office.   “I am humbled at the opportunity to make such a big difference in so many children’s lives. I get to help not only children internationally but also children in…
  • Feb. 15: HALO ArtReach Auction Preview Party (1/26/2017) Can’t attend the HALO ArtReach Auction or want to get a sneak peak on the items available? Join us Feb. 15 from 5-7:30 P.M. for a Previewing of HALO’s 12th Annual ArtReach Auction art and silent auction items. A suggested $10 donation at the door. Enjoy snacks and drinks as you preview auction items and…
  • March 16: Kansas City Volunteer Information Orientation (1/26/2017)   Interested in volunteering and getting more involved with HALO? Come join us in our volunteer orientation Mar. 16 at 5:30 P.M.  Learn the Story of HALO and the ways you can volunteer and get involved. The orientation includes a tour of HALO’s Headquarters and Learning Center. RSVP by calling 816-472-4256 or emailing cynthiablair@haloworldwide.org.    …
  • HALO Honors January Volunteers of the Month (1/26/2017) HALO honors volunteers of the month Steve Noble and Mike Blair for swooping in to save the day to load up a huge amount of donated IKEA supplies for our new Jefferson City HALO Home. Super strong and most likely a tad sore from all of their hard work! Because of Steve and Mike, 48 homeless…
  • Attention JC Community: We Need Volunteers (1/25/2017) HALO needs volunteers! On Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 PM, HALO JC will be holding an informational meeting for anyone and everyone that is interested in volunteering for HALO’s 9th annual ArtReach Auction. The meeting will be held at the new HALO Home in Jefferson City. The address is 3519 Bennett Lane. During this meeting,…
  • Founder Rebecca Welsh Gives KRCG 13 First Look on New Home for Girls in Jefferson City (1/25/2017)   Hear our Founder Rebecca Welsh give KRCG 13 an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the new Jefferson City housing development for homeless and at-risk girls. The former Rickman Center used to be a conference center and church camp until the property was donated to HALO.With the help of volunteers, we began construction on the property…
  • “She Loves Collective” Donates Proceeds to HALO (1/25/2017) Attention HALO supporters, if you are an artist or will be in the L.A. area, Feb. 10-12, check out this amazing event! She Loves Collective will be donating a portion of the profits from their “Secret Lovers” installation project to HALO. The “Secret Lovers” installation centers around the idea of spreading love through art. A perfect partner for…
  • HALO Founder and Stroke Survivor Rebecca Welsh Shares her Story with Jefferson City Magazine (1/24/2017) After suffering from a severe stroke two years ago, HALO Founder and CEO Rebecca Welsh was featured in the December issue of the Jefferson City Magazine as a voice for the American Heart Association. Caused by a hole in her heart, the stroke left her unable to perform even the simplest day-to day activities. For…
  • HERLIFE Magazine Names HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh “Woman of Influence” (1/24/2017) Our very own Rebecca Welsh, founder and CEO of HALO, was one of five “Kansas City women of influence” featured in HERLIFE Magazine this month. Rebecca is the forefront of our mission, and it’s an honor to have her recognized for the countless hours and love she has put into our organization. Rebecca started working…
  • January’s Life Skill Speaker Dionne King Speaks on “Goal Setting” at HALO Staff Meeting (1/23/2017) There was no better way to kick off 2017 at HALO than with a refreshing and inspiring message about January’s life skill: goal setting. Dionne King, Strategic Consultant, joined us at our first staff meeting of the year to share her expertise on effective goal setting strategies. King believes there are four simple, yet crucial…
  • Mengo Home Update (1/17/2017) An update from the Mengo ladies! The ladies at Mengo Home were in the holiday mood during November after participating in a gift exchange. Each person drew the name of another girl or mentor in the home for the exchange. From there they either made a gift or found something small and meaningful to give…
  • Gulu Boys Home Update (1/14/2017) Last November, the boys in the Gulu home spent much of their time preparing for end of year exams. The months leading up to these exams can be a challenge for any student, so the mentors at the Gulu home did their best to help. Mentors provided academic support as well as personal support to…
  • December’s Life Skill Speaker Angela Hurt of Veracity Consulting Speaks on “Compassion” at HALO Staff Meeting (12/8/2016) This month’s life skill, and last life skill of 2016, is all about compassion. On Tues., Dec. 06, HALO invited Angela Hurt, CEO and founder of Veracity Consulting, a leading provider of information technology consulting services based in Kansas City, to talk with us about how she uses compassion in her life. Hurt emphasized the importance of focusing on…
  • HALO as finalist for 2017 ArtsKC Innovator Award (11/29/2016) ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council has nominated HALO for the 2017 ArtsKC Innovator Award. The Innovator category selects “nonprofits providing arts education opportunities to underserved communities and creating innovative partnerships to build unique programs.” 18 arts leaders and visionaries in the Kansas City region will be honored at the 14th Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February…
  • HALO KC Hosts Trade Fair (11/23/2016)                                 Last week, HALO-KC was thrilled to have local Knights of Columbus members in the Learning Center for the first annual HALO Trade Fair! Volunteers set up a booth where they could present on their career, and provide information and…
  • Meet Denis and Stephen: Best friends from Gulu Boys Home (11/22/2016)   Meet Ayella Denis Wallan and Ocaya Stephen, they are both living in the Gulu boys home. They are the same age, go to the same school and they are inseparable best friends. They are disciplined, friendly, jolly, welcoming and incredibly hard working both at school and at home. They love playing football and making…
  • BLOOM Artwork Still Available! (11/22/2016) Did you miss HALO’s BLOOM Art Auction? No worries! We still have some pieces available for bidding! If interested, contact nicolegerken@haloworldwide.org. These are a few of the available pieces, and many more can be found here!
  • HALO Names Schrader Family November Volunteers of the Month (11/22/2016) We honor the Schrader family as the November Volunteer(s) of the Month for hosting the 2nd Annual HALO Thanksgiving in such a warm, loving home for our HALO kids. Over the years, the Schrader family continues to be involved in HALO, whether it be planning and supporting the HALO ArtReach Auction to even helping us…
  • Mengo Home Girls Visit the Zoo (11/20/2016) This past October, our girl’s in Mengo home were surprised with a trip to the zoo! A very generous donor that made a special connection with the youth at Mengo presented HALO with the funding necessary for the day trip to visit the exhibits. The youth and mentors at the home couldn’t have been more…
  • HALO BLOOM Art Auction featured in News Tribune Article (11/17/2016) On Friday, Nov. 4, Brooklyn, NY Slag Gallery owner Irinia Protopopescu featured over 30 pieces created by international artists who were inspired by HALO youth. The BLOOM exhibition has been featured in an article by News Tribune. Mobile bidding is available for the featured artwork until Friday, Nov. 18th 5 PM EST. “So far, the bidding has…
  • HALO Mexico Project Featured in People Magazine (11/17/2016)        HALO Mexico Project featured in People Magazine “Salma Hayek’s New Initiative” brings national attention to HALO-supported orphanage KANSAS CITY, MO — Lirio de los Valles was the first ever HALO-supported orphanage. HALO provides the children of this home with tuition for education, school uniforms, art therapy and other urgent needs. This orphanage…
  • International Night at BLOOM: Highlights of the Event in NYC (11/10/2016) HALO youth collaborated with Slag Gallery and 31 International artists to create our most powerful HALO art show to date. The exhibit opened on Nov. 4 and anyone can bid from anywhere in the world until Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. EST. 150 people attended the event and supported the artist’s who brought the children’s original…
  • Salma Hayek talks about support for HALO Mexico in People magazine interview (11/8/2016) Salma Hayek shows her support for HALO in a recent People magazine interview. The interview was also picked up by USA Today and Yahoo News. As a sponsor for one of HALO’s orphanages in Tijuana, Mexico, Hayek hopes to bring more awareness to the issues that have been plaguing the area. “These children are sexual-violence victims, and…
  • HALO BLOOM Climbs to Top 10 Gallery Exhibits in NYC (11/3/2016) HALO BLOOM Art Exhibit Preview HALO youth collaborated with Slag Gallery and 31 International artists to create our most powerful HALO art show to date. Join HALO Nov. 4 in NYC & bid from anywhere in the world until Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. EST. Anyone can participate! #bloomHALO  #slaggallery Did you see Salma Hayek and Bryce…
  • November’s Life Skill Speaker Abigail Hayo of Medical Missions Discusses “Health” at HALO Staff Meeting (11/3/2016) November is the month of Health at HALO. During our monthly staff meeting, Abi Hayo of Medical Missions served as our guest speaker and shared her knowledge about health. Abi talked to the HALO team about Medical Missions’ #RoundingUpUndies project which is aimed at empowering young girls in Northern Uganda. During her mission trip to…
  • BLOOM New York Art Auction – Nov. 4 (11/2/2016) Brooklyn, N.Y. — Slag Gallery will premiere an international collaborative exhibition of works inspired by homeless, at-risk and orphaned youth around the world on Nov. 4, 2016. Artists’ works will be auctioned off to support HALO, which provides housing, healing and education to youth in the greatest need. Slag Gallery owner Irina Protopopescu created the…
  • Volunteer of the Month: Katie LaCombe (10/25/2016) HALO would like to honor Katie LaCombe as our Volunteer of the Month for October!  Katie first joined the HALO Kansas City team as the Workshop Coordinating Intern back in March.  Katie secured a scholarship through her University to work with HALO full-time over the summer, where she made a tremendous impact working daily with…
  • Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GIVING TUESDAY. (10/25/2016) HALO is excited to be participating in another annual #Giving Tuesday! #GivingTuesday is a movement to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, people come together on #GivingTuesday to celebrate generosity and to give. On Tuesday,…
  • HALO Teams Up With Chloe+Isabel and Lipsense (10/21/2016) Shop for a cause with HALO! With a combination of amazing  jewelry and a brand that encourages female entrepreneurship, HALO is happy to partner with Chloe+Isabel to do an online flash sale starting November 18th through November 25th.  20% of all sales will go back  to HALO. Click here to go directly to the online boutique, and make a purchase…
  • Mobile Bidding: Everyone can be a part of the BLOOM Art Auction in NYC (10/19/2016)   Slag Gallery will premiere an international collaborative exhibition of works inspired by homeless, at-risk and orphaned youth around the world on Nov. 4, 2016. Artists’ works will be auctioned off to support HALO, which provides housing, healing and education to youth in the greatest need. Mobile bidding will be available for guests to bid on…
  • October’s Life Skill Speaker Paul Russell of ej4 Discusses “Leadership” at HALO Staff Meeting (10/6/2016) ej4 Founder Paul Russell came to HALO headquarters on Tuesday, October 4th to talk about leadership, our life skill for the month of October. He spoke to staff about the three things that make a great leader: focus, know how, and motivation. Paul’s information inspired HALO staff to take leadership to the next level, while showing us…
  • HALO Teaches the Next Generation of Young Professionals (9/28/2016) The professional development course at the HALO Learning Center- Kansas City has officially begun. Students will create resumes, mock interview, and apply for jobs throughout the 8 sessions of this course. With the presidential election quickly approaching this year, one class focused on the importance of voting. Intern Katie LaCombe led the youth in a…
  • HALO Honors September Volunteer of the Month Amy Van Drunen (9/27/2016) This month, we honor Amy Van Drunen as our volunteer of the month. Amy served as the HALO Art Intern over the Summer and has continued to volunteer with HALO even after the completion of her internship. She is now serving as a member of our Ambassador Board Team as well as the committee for…
  • Humans of HALO: Meet Sunday! (9/27/2016) Meet Sunday.  Sunday did not have a safe home at a young age and ended up living on the streets, which meant he was begging daily for his basic needs and suffering at an unimaginable level. Although he was in many situations that could call for bad choices, Sunday consistently chose the high road, even at a very young age….
  • BLOOM New York Art Auction – Nov. 4 (9/27/2016) Brooklyn, N.Y. — Slag Gallery will premiere an international collaborative exhibition of works inspired by homeless, at-risk and orphaned youth around the world on Nov. 4, 2016. Artists’ works will be auctioned off to support HALO, which provides housing, healing and education to youth in the greatest need. Slag Gallery owner Irina Protopopescu created the…
  • It Works-Legacy Makers Team Volunteers at New HALO Home in Jefferson City (9/21/2016) Thank you It Works- Legacy Makers Team for volunteering with HALO at our new HALO Home—Jefferson City! A group of 16 volunteers spent the day on Saturday, September 17th doing yard work, organizing and painting rooms in our new facility. The volunteers were such a joy to work with, and we appreciate their work so much….
  • Nov. 4 Art Auction: International Contemporary Artists Inspired by HALO Homeless Youths’ Resiliency (9/21/2016) Media News Release: International Contemporary Artists Inspired by HALO Homeless Youths’ Resiliency RSVP If interested in attending this free event, please RSVP to nicolegerken@haloworldwide.org. Looking forward to seeing you!
  • HALO Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters in Kansas City: Stop By and Say Hi! (9/14/2016) Over 60 people joined us to celebrate HALO being in Kansas City for over a decade! We provided our guests with snacks, drinks, and a chance to tour the new office, along with the Learning Center spaces. Guests included our volunteers, donors, interns and staff. It was quite the reunion! Everyone had a great time…
  • Life Skill Speaker David Thornhill Provides “Integrity” Insight at HALO Staff Meeting (9/13/2016) David Thornhill is the Founder and Creative Director of nuance, a marketing and advertising agency. We invited David to speak about our life skill of the month – Integrity. He describes Integrity as character, morality, and sincerity. David spoke about the importance of having “purpose” and that what we do at HALO truly matters. “We…
  • Paul Mitchell the School Gives HALO Youth A Fun Day at the Salon (9/8/2016) Feeling confident in yourself is the key to starting off a new school year on the right foot.  On Monday, August 29th, HALO teamed up with community partner, Paul Mitchell the School Overland Park (PMTSOP), to provide 10 HALO KC youth with back-to-school makeovers! During the month of August, HALO focuses on the life skill…
  • HALO Youth Noah Graduates from Job Corp. (9/7/2016) Congratulations, Noah! Noah has been involved in the KC HALO Center for almost three years, and graduated from a local vocational program with his high school diploma and HVAC certificate. HALO KC Program Facilitator Aubony Chalfant and HALO KC Learning Center volunteer Travis Bailey were invited to the graduation by Noah. We are so proud…
  • HALO Aubony Chalfant Shares the Importance of “The Empower Youth Program” (9/7/2016) HALO Lead Program Facilitator Aubony Chalfant shares her enthusiasm about The Empower Youth Program after incorporating it into the HALO curriculum and seeing the amazing impact it has on HALO Learning Center youth. She served as a guest blogger writing her post Empowering Homeless Youth. “The Empower Youth Program seemed to be a way that we could teach empathy, positive and…
  • HALO is Hiring (9/2/2016) HALO is hiring! We are looking for a Full Time Residential Supervisor for HALO Jefferson City. Details below: The Residential Supervisor will focus on the HALO Youth Transitional Living Program (TLP) and community involvement. The details of each of these areas are outlined below: Work closely with Lead Residential Supervisor to coordinate case management for TLP…
  • HALO is #JustGettingStarted with Headquarters Grand Opening (8/29/2016) *******MEDIA ALERT******* HALO is #JustGettingStarted with Headquarters Grand Opening  West Bottoms in Kansas City, Missouri   WHAT: Local KC nonprofit, HALO, has built a strong foundation for over 12 years – serving more than 1,200 domestic and international at-risk and homeless youth annually by providing housing, healing and education. HALO is #JustGettingStarted on its impact in…
  • HALO Founder & CEO Featured in Gotham (8/25/2016) HALO’s Founder and CEO, Rebecca Welsh, was highlighted in Gotham’s ‘Who’s Behind Moroccanoil’s Women Inspiring Women Campaign?’ In 2015, Rebecca was recognized at the Power of Women Event for inspiring women through her philanthropic work. It was here that Rebecca was honored for her commitment to HALO with the Inspiration to Action Award. Gotham recognized this…
  • Gould Evans for August Volunteer of the Month (8/24/2016) HALO would like to recognize our friends at Gould Evans as our volunteer of the month!  Gould Evans has been an important supporter of our HALO KC Learning Center for 3 years, and graciously hosted the HALO Center Summer Showcase Celebration in July.  Huge thanks to you all for continuing to help empower homeless and…
  • HALO needs your help to grow! (8/17/2016) HALO is now on Great Nonprofits, which allows people to find great local nonprofits. Volunteers and donors use Great Nonprofits to search for ratings and reviews of nonprofits in their town. We need YOUR help to grow HALO’s testimonial on Great Nonprofits. HALO encourages any volunteers and/or supporters to share their experience and write a review about HALO….
  • HALO Summer Youth Shine in Showcase Celebration (8/9/2016) On July 28, HALO Kansas City Learning Center held its 6th Annual Summer Showcase Celebration, and we want to thank everyone who attended and those who volunteered to celebrate the art made by our youth. We want to give a special shoutout to Jukeboxx Media for helping design media and promotions for our HALO Kansas City…
  • Malala Advocates for Peace and Education Equality in Kansas City (8/9/2016) By Amy Van Drunen, HALO Art Intern Last month, I was graced with the opportunity to see Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai speak at the Kauffman Center. In 2012 Malala was shot by the Taliban for standing up for girl’s education in Pakistan. They tried to silence her forever, but instead, her voice was…
  • Join us September 16th: Ten Thousand Villages Fundraiser (8/9/2016) Join us September 16th from 5 -9 p.m. Plus, use this coupon all week long to benefit HALO!
  • KC Star Highlights HALO Summer Showcase (8/2/2016) See video coverage here A local newspaper, the Kansas City Star, covered HALO’s Summer Showcase Celebration Thursday, July 28. Reporter Mará Rose Williams highlighted how the evening was focused on youth who “celebrated their gifts” and demonstrated their empowerment.               Williams also conveyed HALO’s mission of housing, healing, and education…
  • Thank You, Hyper RPG for Hosting HALO Once Again! (8/2/2016) Chris West Visits the HyperRPG Community for a HALO Update   Thank you to HyperRPG and its community for its 48 hours of fun and generosity in February 2016. On August 1, HALO Portland Branch Director Chris West joined in-studio to share updates with the funds raised. We appreciate all who watched the stream update with Chris and…
  • Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves What is Known to be True? (8/2/2016) Victoria Kandt from Victoria Kandt & Associates teaches HALO team members about the August life skill, confidence. Are the stories we tell ourselves what is known to be true? This is a question Executive & Leadership Performance Coach Victoria Kandt suggests we ask ourselves when evaluating our own confidence. Kandt said that once we can understand what is…
  • Come Celebrate HALO Headquarter’s Grand Opening! (8/2/2016) Come celebrate HALO Headquarter’s grand opening on September 1st at 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. On Thursday, September 1st, HALO is hosting an open house for the public to show you our beautiful new space. The event is free to attend, and you will enjoy a tour of the space, food, drinks, a raffle, as well as…
  • What is #GivingTuesday? (7/27/2016) HALO is excited to be a part of Giving Tuesday this Holiday season! 40 years ago Giving Tuesday was started in hopes to bring giving back to the holiday season. An annual event that happens the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday gives people the chance to donate to organizations of their…
  • HALO Thanks Outstanding Uganda Ambassador Lindsey Platt (7/27/2016) A HUGE thank you to Lindsey Platt for serving 2 years as the HALO Ambassador in Uganda. Lindsey has made an incredible impact during her time with HALO. She has helped HALO grow tremendously by assisting in the opening of the Learning Center in Uganda, improved our current programs, and helped us grow to support…
  • Celebrating Alice (7/26/2016) Alice, a longtime HALO supported Uganda youth, will soon be graduating from college.When she was in high school, she started out in our Uganda Learning Center. Since graduating high school, she has been helped by a number of individuals and sponsored by These Numbers Have Faces, an organization aimed at using education of women and girls to…
  • HALO Summer Showcase is THIS Thursday (7/26/2016) Please join us Thursday, July 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to celebrate the HALO Kansas City Learning Center! HALO supporters, volunteers, board members, and the community are celebrating the amazing progress and achievements of our homeless and at-risk youth. The Summer Showcase will feature a variety of youth performances as well as artwork with accompanying audio…
  • HALO JC Volunteer Session a Success (7/22/2016) On July 7, we had a fantastic turnout in Jefferson City for an informational meeting about upcoming volunteer opportunities with HALO JC. It was so exciting to see so many new faces eager to get involved with HALO, as well as returning HALO supporters. The info session was held at our new HALO Home, previously…
  • Kansas City Non-Profit Places Homeless Youth Center Stage to Shine (7/21/2016) Kansas City Non-Profit Places Homeless Youth Center Stage to Shine Kansas City, Mo. – HALO and the Kansas City community are recognizing the outstanding achievements of its local homeless and at-risk youth, bringing them center stage at the HALO Summer Showcase Celebration July 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Gould Evans in Westport. Community members…
  • HALO’s Uganda Learning Center Begins Salon Construction (7/20/2016) HALO’s Uganda Learning Center is partnered with Moroccanoil to build a salon and cosmetology school. This will be targeted at youth who have been unable to pursue traditional schooling.             The salon, which will double as a school staffed with cosmetology and business professionals, will help these students gain skills…
  • News Tribune Spotlight on New HALO Jefferson City Director Crystal Burgan, “I’m right where I’m supposed to be.” (7/19/2016) Crystal Burgan, new Jefferson City Director for HALO Jefferson City, describes her passion and commitment to HALO to the News Tribune in their article Dream job. Burgan leads an important role in helping homeless youth in Jefferson City through her efforts in expanding programs, promoting community awareness of homeless youth, and creating and empowering a growing HALO…
  • Gulu Girls Update (7/13/2016) HALO’s Gulu Girls Home began June with the girls returning to school for another term. Vivian, a new HALO youth, joined the school and is quickly improving her English. The girls are working in the home’s garden, providing much of their own food and learning life skills along the way. HALO’s ambassadors are happy to…
  • Rates of Homelessness High Among Youth (6/30/2016) According to an Episcopal Café study, LGBTQ youth are a high risk population for homelessness. In fact, 20% of homeless youth identify as belonging to the LGBTQ community. Most homeless LGBTQ youth leave home due to family rejection. Other reasons include physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and being kicked out. Rates of homelessness among the rest…
  • HALO Headquarters Moves Offices (6/29/2016) HALO Headquarters, located in Kansas City, has just finished the final touches of moving offices.               We have stayed in the same building but gone down a few floors in order to have a larger space.   This will make room for an even greater impact on domestic and international…
  • #HumansOfHALO-Gulu Girls Home Update (6/28/2016) The girls in HALO’s Gulu, Uganda home, one of HALO’s many international programs, finished their school term last month, providing opportunities for summer fun and service! After taking a week-long break at home, the girls partnered with the Gulu boys for some community cleaning. The girls then spent an afternoon in the pool. They had the chance to…
  • HALO Honors June Volunteer of the Month Brandon Gerken (6/28/2016) HALO honors volunteer Brandon Gerken for his continued involvement in many behind the scenes tasks over the years. Everything from hanging artwork, to putting together furniture, assisting with an office move, leading a youth workshop, to even playing guitar for our talented HALO youth, we appreciate his dedication to HALO. Thank you, Brandon! If you…
  • HALO Youth Make Natural Body Scrubs (6/27/2016) The Kansas City HALO Learning Center was lucky enough to have one of our staff Lacy Gordon teach our youth how to make all natural body scrubs. Youth had the opportunity to make one jar for themselves and then make one as a gift for anyone they wanted. They could choose the type of oil, sugar or…
  • HALO KC Learning Center Studies with Paul Mitchell (6/27/2016) The Kansas City HALO Learning Center started up exciting summer workshops this month! Local youth had the opportunity to learn from students studying at Paul Mitchell The School, exploring different aspects of cosmetology. Throughout June, youth learn how to style hair, paint nails, and apply makeup. The goal is to allow our youth to explore…
  • Our Frogs have Perseverance (6/27/2016) Throughout June, HALO aims to teach our youth about perseverance through a variety of projects. HALO youth at Kansas City Learning Center had to practice perseverance through origami projects this week. The youth started out very enthusiastic about the project and began folding paper without help from the HALO staff. After some experimenting, many decided…
  • Thank You, Kendra Scott! (6/22/2016) We want to send a big HALO Thank you shout out to Kendra Scott and its team for making it possible to benefit funding for our International youth. With their help, we are able to fund things like food/water for 11 youth for a month or art supplies for 8 youth. If you would like…
  • HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh Speaks at Council of Clubs Celebration (6/21/2016) On June 11, HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh was the guest speaker at Jefferson City Council of Clubs’ Jazz Brunch. The celebration was in honor of Council of Clubs’ 100th Anniversary.  The Jefferson City Council of Clubs’ mission is to assist in meeting the health needs of the community by sponsoring and implementing community programs, disseminate…
  • Chandra Clark Presents Life Skill Perseverance to HALO Staff (6/8/2016) HALO’s guest speaker at the June all staff meeting is an excellent example of this month’s life skill, perseverance. Chandra Clark, Manager of Corporate and External Relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and a proud HALO partner of the Kansas City Learning Center, shared the importance of perseverance for all, especially those in the nonprofit…
  • Kendra Gives Back Party! (6/7/2016) Join us on June 16th at 6-8 p.m. for the Kendra Gives Back Party at Kendra Scott on the Country Club Plaza, with 20% of the proceeds benefiting The HALO Foundation. Our goal is to raise $6,000 for three vocational school scholarships that will shape the future for Annet, Moureen, and Joweria. RSVP now on our…
  • HALO Welcomes New Summer Interns (6/1/2016) HALO welcomes its new summer intern team! Marketing interns are Ina Maliqis, Erin Melton, Delaney Rayburn, and Maya McDowell; PR Interns are Kitty Tankard and Taylor Lay; Office and Business Development Intern Drew Lamberth; Event Planning Intern Taylor Burke; Office and Gratitude Intern Caitlin Cummings; Graphic Design Intern Sarah Forgey; Youth Development Intern Sydney Merrell; Workshop…
  • HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh to Attend Exclusive Moroccanoil Event (6/1/2016) HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh is attending an exclusive Moroccanoil “INSPIRED BY WOMEN” event celebrating Georgina Chapman of Marchesa and her contributions to Women’s Empowerment, held Thursday, June 2 in New York. Welsh and HALO were honored in the INSPIRED documentary series. Georgina Chapman is the Co-Founder of the fashion label Marchesa and a trailblazer for women in…
  • HALO Honors May Volunteer of the Month Michelle Laundy (5/29/2016) For May, we honor Volunteer of the Month Michelle Laundy. In February, she attended the 11th Annual HALO ArtReach Auction for the first time and quickly jumped in to volunteering. When HALO needed help painting its new office space, Michelle jumped right in and stayed many nights to paint. She is also working hard to…
  • HALO Jefferson City Youth graduate from High School! (5/17/2016) Two teen mothers from the HALO Transitional Living Program graduated from high school last Sunday! One of these ladies is the first ever to graduate high school in her family, and both did an amazing job juggling the stress of high school while also working part-time and being full-time moms to their young children. One of our…
  • HALO Jefferson City in the Media (5/17/2016) HALO was covered on the news by KRCG 13 on May 16 and 17th with a two part series. See Video 1 here and Video 2 here.
  • Lifeskill of the Month – Focus | Uganda (5/11/2016) Focus can either be a skill that makes us successful or a weakness that defines our failures. If we remain focused on our goals, our strengths, and the future, we have higher chances of achieving those goals. If we focus on our failures, our weaknesses, and the obstacles in life, we have much lower chances of…
  • HALO Uganda Story – May 2016 (5/10/2016) Meet Ayella Denis Wallan and Ocaya Stephen, they are both living in the Gulu boys home. They are the same age, go to the same school and they are inseparable best friends. They are disciplined, friendly, jolly, welcoming and incredibly hard working at school and home. They love playing football and making new friends. Because…
  • #HumansOfHALO – Uganda Special (5/10/2016) Moses (left): “My goal is to become a pastor someday and have my own church” Dennis (right): “I hope to be head master of a school that helps children who don’t have school fees get a better education.” Edube was the mentor of Moses and Dennis when they were only 10 years old! “I was…
  • HALO Success Story: Noah (4/27/2016) HALO experienced a beautiful moment this week, fueling our motivation in all that we do in our day-to-day work: Noah came to HALO two years ago with reStart’s Youth Emergency Shelter. He was a quiet and nervous youth. Everyone loved Noah from the start because he’s so easy to love – smart, funny, sweet, polite. He left reStart…
  • HALO Youth accepted into Prestigious Summer Camp (4/26/2016)   HALO youth Marjai has been applying and interviewing for a prestigious Summer camp at Northwest Missouri State called Upward Bound and got accepted! Only 25 area high school students were selected. She has been working hard to make this happen, and is VERY excited to be on the campus for six weeks. She leaves June 4th and…
  • HALO Intern looking for temporary Housing (4/26/2016)   HALO is happy to be joined by Drew Lambeth for an office intern position this summer. He is currently attending the University of Richmond, Virginia and is looking for a room or apartment to rent out in the Kansas City area. If you are able to offer a housing arrangement from early May to August or know…
  • HALO Youth receive KCSA Scholarship! (4/26/2016) Congratulations Chesney & Ronnae! HALO is happy to announce that two of its youth received the 2016 Kansas City Securities Association Scholarship. Chesney and Ronnae are among 10 scholarships recipients who were chosen from more than 50 applicants. The scholarship aims to fund graduating students in the greater Kansas City area who will be attending an accredited college,…
  • HALO Jefferson City April Update (4/26/2016)   This month at the HALO Art Therapy program at the Rape and Abuse Crisis Shelter, the youth learned about Confidence and Respect.  For Confidence, they created silly self-portraits and used words to describe themselves. For Respect they talked about respecting animals and their habitats and created collages using images of their favorite animals. The youth really enjoyed…
  • HALO Youth explores Careers in Medical Field (4/18/2016) The HALO Learning Center – KC hosted an Explore Workshop with Kansas City University’s School of Medicine and Biosciences. Led by medical student and HALO volunteer, Laura Gilbert, HALO youth were introduced to the details of a medical field education. From there, youth were divided into two teams to perform “patient simulations” – robotized training…
  • HALO Kansas City: Life Skill of the Month – Time Management (4/18/2016) The HALO Learning Center youth are practicing our April Monthly life skill, Time-Management! In one of our weekly art and life skill workshops, youth ages 6-10 years old practiced managing their time with a multi-step art project using animal silhouettes. First, youth got to watercolor a background of their choice, keeping in mind that this…
  • Volunteer of the Month – April (4/18/2016) Our Volunteer of the Month for April is Tomomi Suenaga! Tomomi has been a volunteer in the HALO Learning Center – Kansas City since October 2015, and has made a huge impact in a short amount of time. Tomomi began volunteering with HALO’s therapeutic art workshop at Spofford Home, a residential facility for children under 6-12…
  • HALO Scholarship Fund – Brian Wako NEWS (4/7/2016) Brian Wako, one of the HALO scholarship recipients, is looking forward to starting the next step in pursuing his medical degree! Nursing school will begin in August and he can’t wait to get started. “Of course I am excited! I keep getting closer and closer to my dream to be a medical doctor” Brian graduated…
  • HALO Uganda Youth on Time Management (4/7/2016) HALO Uganda explored April’s life skill of the month, time management, with a fun and collaborative art project! Youth from each of our HALO Homes gathered at the Learning Center to decorate a banner showcasing our #JustGettingStarted campaign. Everyone was given a specific amount of time to depict his or her goals on the banner…
  • Art Therapy – How does it help? (4/4/2016) Art therapy is an inherent part of HALO’s programming. Here is how it works: Art therapy enables a child to explore personal problems through physical activity and sensory integration. Different parts of the brain are engaged during creative expression. Sweeping a brush across a canvas requires motor skills. Drawing a picture of a memory requires analytic…
  • Youth Art – The Crying Time of Me (4/4/2016) We asked some of the boys living in the Bukesa Home in Uganda to write a poem about one of their favorite memories. Umar wrote a poem about the day he came to Bukesa. After years of living without a family, it was his favorite memory. His first impression of Bukesa was, that it’s a…
  • Annual Report: 2015 in Review (3/30/2016)   Our 2015 Annual Report is here! It gives you an overview about HALO, and highlights all its partnerships, funding achievements, events and stories about thriving youth. 2015 was a special year for HALO. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary and we wouldn’t be here without you all. Thanks for your continuous support and commitment! Stay tuned for 2016. We…
  • Volunteer(s) of the Month – March (3/29/2016) Each year, juniors and seniors at St. Teresa’s Academy have a week off of school to volunteer at a local service organization.  HALO was lucky to have 4 new juniors and 4 returning seniors working hard in our KC Learning Center the last week of February on projects ranging from organizing artwork and supplies, interacting…
  • HALO Jefferson City – March Update (3/28/2016) This month HALO finished up a term session of programs at the Jefferson City Academic Center and Jeff City High School. We were privileged to have a great group of students last term and are excited to start a new term of programs with new students. The teen moms in the HALO Transitional Living Program…
  • HALO Kansas City – March Update (3/28/2016) HALO Kansas City just finished another semester of their iEmpathize workshop – a program designed to get youth talking about negative versus positive relationships, and how to tell the difference. Through a series of videos, discussions, and activities, HALO youth were taught to identify manipulation and exploitation, but also healthy relationships and resources in their area. Empathy…
  • HALO Uganda on Accountability (3/23/2016) This month, our HALO Uganda Team met with the mentors from our 7 homes to discuss our mission in the spirit of the March life skill of the month, accountability. The team reflected on the criteria of vulnerability we employ before accepting youth in the homes to ensure that we are serving youth in the greatest…
  • #HumansOfHALO – Meet Amanda (3/21/2016) Amanda Owen Serves on the HALO Ambassador Board I believe in HALO youth, because I have seen them do great things already. My belief is based in the evidence. What’s your favorite HALO moment? I attended the Fashion Show for the first time last summer. The youth spend several weeks preparing for that event –…
  • HALO Uganda Update (3/17/2016) We decided to highlight our Uganda Scholarship candidates for this months’ update. This month, HALO was able, with the help of some very generous donors, to award 6 students a scholarship to continue their education. In Uganda, 80% of youth, aged 15-30, are unemployed. By providing scholarships to hardworking youth, we are bringing them one step…
  • March Life Skill: Accountability (3/16/2016) This month at HALO, we focus on the life skill “Accountability”. You may ask why this is important. Well, here’s a fact: We are all accountable to someone. But what does this mean? What is accountability and who are we accountable to? We wanted to know more and invited Dionne King, Manager of Diversity at…
  • 48-hour Charity Stream Raises Over $60,000 (3/15/2016) Hyper Rabbit Power Go! hosted a 48-Hour Charity Stream to benefit HALO! On the weekend of February 26th HALO celebrated 48 hours of fun and generosity with Hyper Rabbit Power Go! and its community. The unique charity event featured Chris West from HALO Portland and HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh who joined for some fun action! Along with Rebecca…
  • 11th Annual Kansas City ArtReach Auction Raises Over $150,000 (3/11/2016) Thank you to all who contributed to the 11th Annual HALO World’s Fair themed ArtReach Auction on Feb. 26. This year was bigger and better than ever! It is only with the help of supporters like you that we are able to provide a brighter future for homeless, at-risk and orphaned youth. The Auction raised…
  • Gillian Flynn Challenges Community, Deadline April 5 (3/7/2016) GILLIAN FLYNN Challenges Community Support the HALO $200 Fund-A-Need and Sponsor Domestic Youth For $200 a homeless child can attend the HALO Center for a year. The Center is a safe haven that is designed to give them an escape and programming to help them become contributing members of their communities. For Every HALO Youth…
  • HALO Honors 2016 Award Winners: Advocate, Volunteer, Supporter and Artist of the Year (3/6/2016) The HALO Foundation announces its annual 2016 Award Winners: Gould Evans as Advocate, Kaity Woody as Volunteer, Moroccanoil as Supporter and Lacy Voight Gordon as Artist. Although it takes many to make HALO a success, these individuals and companies are recognized for their exceptional involvement and have significantly impacted HALO whether it be through direct…
  • Kansas City Housing Update (2/26/2016) One of our HALO Housing Youth in Kansas City got the opportunity over the weekend to take a cooking lesson from a local Kansas City chef!  Shelzaray expressed an interest in learning how to cook, to help herself save money from going out to eat so much.  HALO’s housing intern listened to her desire to…
  • February Volunteer of the Month (2/26/2016) Janie Schrader Once again we honor Janie Schrader for being a rock star volunteer. She serves as the HALO ArtReach Auction Chair and on the Ambassador Board. HALO would not be able to pull the auction off without her leadership. Janie is so passionate about our HALO Youth. Always, giving her best to make things…
  • “It was a happy day to me” (2/23/2016) We asked some of the boys living in the Bukesa Home in Uganda to write a poem about one of their favorite memories. Umar wrote a poem about the day he came to Bukesa. After years of living without a family, it was his favorite memory. His first impression of Bukesa was, that it’s a…
  • HALO Welcomes the 2016 Ambassador Board! (2/11/2016) This year’s Ambassador Board is comprised of a very driven and skilled group of young professionals. They volunteer their time and skills, coming together behind the scenes to create an efficient environment for HALO as a whole to thrive. This working board is organized into specific departments, which include Operations, Marketing, Business Development, Finance, Events,…
  • Uganda Learning Center SUPPLY DRIVE (2/10/2016) Imagine you lived at a place, where your parents had to work all day long in hope to be able to afford meals for the next day. Imagine that was the environment you were born into. For many, Uganda is such a place. Every child needs a stable environment, which stimulates to learn and thrive….
  • #HumansOfHALO – Meet Aubony (2/9/2016) Aubony Chalfant – HALO Center Facilitator  I believe in HALO youth because resiliency is built into them from an early age. So many of our youth have had to persevere through unimaginable things and still maintain their hope and optimistic outlook on life, I always think, how could they not succeed at anything thrown at them? What’s…
  • February Life Skill of the Month – Self Discipline (2/8/2016) Road to Rio: Vera Schmitz from Megan Cody on Vimeo.   Elite US pole vaulter, 2012 Olympic Trials competitor and 3 time NCAA All-American, Vera (Neuenswander) Schmitz kicked off the monthly HALO staff meeting by sharing her ideas on “Self Discipline”. Vera gave insides in her life as a professional athlete and told us how a positive mindset is…
  • Gillian Flynn speaks at HALO World’s Fair (2/8/2016) +++ BREAKING HALO NEWS +++ We are excited to announce that our special ArtReach Auction guest speaker is Gillian Flynn. You may know her as the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects. We also know her as a longtime HALO supporter, helping youth in the greatest need….
  • Thriving HALO Youth & Scholarship Recipient talks to Governor about College Affordability (2/1/2016)   Tiana Key is an A+ scholar at MCC-Longview and was invited to meet Governor Jay Nixon to talk about college affordability. She will graduate in May and then transfer to University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She is seeking a degree in hospitality management and would like to move to Europe to manage a hotel after she has graduated. The…
  • HALO Kansas City – Learning Center Update (1/28/2016) This month, even the Learning Center has been gearing up for HALO’s 11th Annual ArtReach Auction in February. The World’s Fair theme has been especially interesting to the HALO youth, and we’ve spent a lot of time learning about inventions and thinking about the future! Youth of all ages have been coming up with their…
  • Bryce Dallas Howard raises $13,100 to benefit HALO (1/28/2016) Actress Bryce Dallas Howard auctioned her off-the-rack designer gown she wore to the Golden Globes on January 10th, 2016 to benefit HALO. The Jurassic Park star hit the red carpet in a dark blue, sequined Jenny Packham dress and then gave her fans a chance to own it. We are stunned by the incredible amount of $13,100 raised. Thank you…
  • HALO Jefferson City – Home Update (1/27/2016) Monthly Home Update – Jan. 2016 We are excited to start a new year of programs! This month we start our spring program sessions. We will be offering Art Therapy and Professional Development Programs at the Jefferson City Academic Center, Jeff City High School, and the Rape and Abuse Crisis Shelter. We are also excited…
  • Meet Yudaya! (1/27/2016) After becoming estranged from her family, Yudaya found herself dancing in night clubs to earn money for food and school fees. Yudaya was living on the streets of Kampala when the Aunties from Lungujja Home met her. Yudaya joined Lungujja home in 2013. Since joining the home, Yudaya has been given the chance to consistently…
  • HALO Dream Packs and Power Packs (1/27/2016) Through supplies donated from supporters and time donated by Apex Systems Inc., HALO was able to assemble two types of backpacks for our HALO youth. These “Powerpacks” and “Dreampacks” are for youth in need, whether it be in need of art exploration or basic hygienic and health needs. Dreampacks are filled with art supplies our youth…
  • Ashirvad Home in Tuni, India (1/27/2016) Happy New Year from our HALO supported youth in the Ashirvad Home in Tuni, India! The kids at Ashirvad all recently received new clothing as a holiday gift through the support of our generous HALO donors. This is a tradition every year and the kids look forward to wearing their new clothes to celebrate the…
  • #HumansOfHALO – Meet Kaity (1/26/2016) Kaity Woody – Raffle/Silent Auction Leader I believe in HALO youth because they are worth it and hearing their stories inspires me to do better. What do you hope to see for the world in 10 years? Stability. I feel like right now a lot of change is happening everywhere, some good and some that makes me…
  • Bid on Bryce Dallas Howard ‘s Golden Globe Gown to Benefit HALO (1/20/2016) Actress Bryce Dallas Howard auctions her off-the-rack designer gown she wore to the Golden Globes on January 10th, 2016 to benefit HALO. The Jurassic Park star hit the red carpet in a dark blue, sequined Jenny Packham dress and now wants to give her fans a chance to own it. Make a bid to take home the dress and get…
  • #HumansOfHALO (1/13/2016) Lacy Voight – Program Director I believe in HALO youth because they are the future and they are capable of doing wonderful things with their lives. What’s your favorite HALO moment?  I have so many favorite HALO moments, it’s hard to pick one. It’s bittersweet to see the kids grow up, especially some of our International…
  • HALO Internships (1/12/2016) HALO’s internship program is highly recognized, competitive, and practical. We have anywhere from 3 – 15 interns working in our offices and Centers at any given time. These internships range from marketing to finance to working directly with youth. If you are looking to join a dynamic team, learn the ins and outs of the…
  • HALO’s 11th Annual ArtReach Auction – World’s Fair (1/11/2016) The HALO Foundation’s 11th Annual ArtReach Auction is fast-approaching. With fewer than two months until the big day, there’s no time to waste – grab your ticket today. HALO volunteers and staff are hard at work to ensure this next World’s Fair – HALO edition – is one to remember. Do you have your ticket and…
  • Did you know this about Uganda? (1/5/2016) Our international ambassador in Uganda, Lindsey Platt, recently attended a conference hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She provided us with shocking statistics and information that we wanted to share with our donors. The HALO Family is proud to currently run 10 programs in Uganda and we want to thank everyone who supports us. Our…
  • #HumansOfHALO – Meet Nicole! (12/30/2015) Nicole Gerken – Director of Operations I believe in HALO youth because I know they are destined to do great things, they just need the confidence in their individual abilities. This act is contagious. You believe in them, they benefit greatly. Then they believe in someone else, and the cycle of “good” in the world continues….
  • HALO youth in Uganda sings “Human” (12/23/2015) A group made up of HALO youth in Uganda and some of their friends and community members is meeting on a weekly basis at our Learning Center in Uganda. They are calling themselves “Afri-teens” and are mainly focused on dancing, singing, and performing arts. The group is led by Moses Busulwa, a boy from our Bukesa Home in…
  • Daisy Urgent HALO Needs, Updated Weekly (12/22/2015) It is our goal to rescue children in the most desperate situations. Listed below are our daily updated HALO needs. Please join us. If you are interested in supporting one or more of these causes, click here to donate. If you would like to speak with us to learn more about how you can make an impact,…
  • Happy Holidays, HALO Family! (12/11/2015) Dear HALO Family, Ten years ago, I was inspired by a 6 year-old street girl named Daisy. She taught me what empathy is. I learned that empathy is not just putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. It is taking your heart out of your chest and letting it beat in someone else’s. I would close…
  • HALO Holiday Gift Guide (12/10/2015) Give now for the holidays to support a child all year long. It’s the holiday season! Many would call it a season of giving. We give to our friends and family, and we give those who need it most. During this magical time, we know it’s important to find the perfect gift, and what gift…
  • Provide Immediate Relief to a Child in Need Through “Powerpacks” (12/10/2015) Last week, Apex Systems Inc. gave their time to put together backpack s for our HALO youth. We asked for supplies to be donated for two different kinds of packs, “Powerpacks” and “Dreampacks”. The Powerpacks are full of emergency supplies our youth might need in a tough spot. The Dreampacks are full of art supplies…
  • Meet Moses Lubega! (12/10/2015) Before joining HALO, Moses lived on the streets of Kampala for almost two full years. After loosing his parents and grandparents, Moses found himself living with his stepmother. The stepmother no longer wanted to care for Moses, as her connection to him was no longer alive (Moses’ Father). Since joining the home, Moses has began…
  • Your Health is Your Greatest Wealth (11/25/2015) Last week, Jefferson City and Kansas City HALO team members came together in HALO’s new Camp in Jefferson City, MO for the monthly staff meeting. The November life skill is “Health”. Two educational and inspiring presentations were presented on emotions, attitude and secondary trauma. HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh spoke on living with positivity based on…
  • The HALO Foundation Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement To Encourage Spending With A Purpose (11/18/2015) HALO has joined #GivingTuesday, a movement to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, people come together on #GivingTuesday to celebrate generosity and to give. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families and businesses around the world…
  • Variety “Power of Women” Honors HALO Founder (11/4/2015) HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh received the “Inspiration to Action” Award at Variety Magazine’s “Power of Women” Luncheon on Friday, October 9th, 2015! The award was presented by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on behalf of Moroccanoil. See all behind the scenes PHOTOS here! This exclusive luncheon was presented by Lifetime Televisionand hosted 500 invitees, including Hollywood insiders and other influential members of the Entertainment Industry. This year’s Honorees…
  • 5th Annual Art of Love Event Recap (11/4/2015) The HALO Portland branch just wrapped up its 5th Annual Art of Love Event! It was a beautiful evening, full of noteworthy stories. This year’s event was held at the Mercy Corp event center, and the space made a big impact on the magic of the evening. The event coordinating volunteer, Tara, made the space look…
  • October Life Skill of the Month – Leadership (10/28/2015)                         Agspring Vice President of Marketing Bradford Warner kicked off the monthly HALO staff meeting leading a discussion on “Leadership,” which is the October HALO life skill.  Bradford offered insight and advice on how to continue growing the HALO family. He shared that the…
  • Give It Share It HALO Family Tree Necklace HALO Handmade Jewelry Line Revealed (10/7/2015) The HALO family of volunteers, donors and staff, is the support system HALO relies and thrives on. After more than a decade of rescuing youth in the most desperate situations around the world and supporting more than 1,000 youth in 21 orphanages and programs in seven countries, HALO is ready to grow its tree of supporters even more. HALO is…
  • HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh Receives “Inspiration of Action” Award at Power of Women Event (10/7/2015) What do Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek Pinault, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Kendrick, and Rebecca Welsh have in common? Without a doubt they are all extremely inspirational, motivational, and powerful women! What better way to celebrate their radiance than by recognizing them at the 9th Annual Power of Women Luncheon in Los Angeles, CA.   WAIT, What?…
  • What Does HALO Do? (10/1/2015) Have you seen the new HALO documentary? Learn how HALO is making an impact for youth in the most desperate situations. WATCH NOW. CLICK HERE.   Moroccanoil presents INSPIRED, a film series that celebrates the lives and work of inspiring women. See HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh introduced in this amazing series sharing the HALO story, directed by Bryce…
  • Start A Fundraiser! (9/30/2015) The HALO website has a new feature! Under the “Get Involved” section you can find a step-by-step, interactive checklist on how to start your very own HALO fundraiser. In appreciation for how much our volunteers contribute to supporting youth in the greatest need, we wanted to create this toolkit to make volunteering easier, more fun, and…
  • Congratulations to the Ultimate Birthday Present Winner! (8/18/2015) As 2015 kicked off our 10th year as an organization supporting youth in the greatest need, we have been celebrating together with donors and volunteers in many different ways throughout the year. One of our exciting events has been the opportunity to raffle off a 2009 Harley Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Motorcycle! The drawing for the…
  • TLP Girl’s Trip! (8/18/2015) June was a fun month for Jefferson City Halo’s Transitional Living Program! On June 21, all three girls, all three babies, and two Halo staffers loaded into the big van and headed to Kansas City. First stop: Worlds of Fun! The girls had a blast riding rides and water slides while Elle and Lauren watched…
  • Summer Fun at the Bay of Bengal (7/28/2015) Summer is upon us in the U.S., which means hot weather and high humidity. There’s no question as to why some of the most popular summer outdoor activities are designed to beat the heat, including pool lounging and beach visits. HALO youth in India at the Ashirvad Orphanage were able to join in on the…
  • Two HALO Teens Awarded $18,000 Education Scholarship (7/15/2015)   KANSAS CITY, MO. – Local HALO youth Jameisha and Shelzaray received $18,000 from the competitive Kansas City Security Association Education Scholarship. With 80 applicants and 10 recipients, HALO youth have the opportunity to pursue higher education without worry. The KCSA scholarship consists of first an essay about where they see themselves in five years,…
  • Youth in Uganda – Statistics and More (7/14/2015) The HALO Foundation strives to provide opportunities for youth in the greatest need. In terms of education, demographics, and the workforce, the immense need of the youth in Uganda is apparent. As the youngest country in the world, providing the youth with opportunities to change their lives and influence their communities will have a huge…
  • “Focus” Life Skill with Elisabeth Jamison (5/27/2015) Featured monthly life skill speaker Elisabeth Jamison joined us via Skype from New York to share her expertise with the topics of mindfulness and power poses. Perfect time to bring more “Focus” into our lives as an organization plus great tips to teach our HALO youth. Elisabeth shared that “mindfulness is like when you are…
  • Who Inspires You? (5/19/2015) As many of you remember, Moroccanoil featured HALO founder Rebecca Welsh in the InspiredByWomen campaign along with six other women across the country. This campaign included a documentary directed by Bryce Dallas Howard highlighting the extraordinary achievements these women have accomplished in their efforts to improve the world around them. Rebecca was later featured on…
  • National Volunteer Week 2015 (4/14/2015) This week is National Volunteer Week, and that is a reason to celebrate! More than 80% of The HALO Foundation is made up of volunteers. From working directly with the youth to behind the scenes efforts, HALO volunteers do it all! Passionate and dedicated people with diverse backgrounds work diligently to ensure that The HALO Foundation…
  • Meet Tino Quiroga: HALO’s Newest Research Ambassador! (4/14/2015) The HALO Foundation is happy to introduce Tino Quiroga, HALO’s newest Research Ambassador now living in Guatemala. Tino is spending his time doing international research for a potential new HALO-supported home. Ever since he was a young child, helping others and giving back has been deeply rooted in his family and upbringing. Hailing from Seattle, he…
  • The Best of 2014 HALO Highlights (4/7/2015) Here are the best of the 2014 HALO Highlights! Just a few short moths ago, HALO finished 2014 with a bang. Monthly donations were increased by 30% and the wide variety events and fundraisers hosted in this past year raised well over $150,000. The donations have allowed HALO to continue to support 13 orphanages internationally, and…
  • HALO Decade Award Winners HALO Honors “Decade Award” Winners (3/12/2015) HALO honors the following people who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support HALO Youth, supported over 1,000 youth in six countries, traveled around the globe to share the HALO story, have given countless hours creating art that has changed lives, and have created an efficient environment for HALO staff to thrive with…
  • Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard Silent Bidding Now Available for Ultimate Birthday Gifts: Celebrate HALO’s 10th Birthday! (3/2/2015) This HALO birthday celebration just keeps getting better. Our dear friends Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard, Josh Gad and Moroccanoil just surprised us with even more amazing gifts we’ll auction off at the Jefferson City ArtReach Auction this Friday, March 6. Plus, we have wonderful supporters who donated fantastic trips you don’t want to miss out…
  • Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win a Harley! (2/15/2015) HALO’s 10th birthday is quickly approaching, and we can’t express enough how excited we are to celebrate with all of you. HALO believes the best celebration of our 10th birthday, our supporters and our commitment to youth in the greatest need is to offer up some amazing prizes – some of the most extravagant prizes we have…
  • Meet Lindsey Platt: HALO Uganda International Ambassador (1/26/2015) Lindsey Platt boarded a plane to Uganda in August 2014 playing the role of HALO’s International Ambassador. Four months in and Lindsey is absolutely owning her job. She is an inspiration to us in the U.S. and to those she works with in Uganda. Lindsey wears multiple HALO hats in her role. She works alongside…
  • HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh and Bryce Dallas Howard on The Today Show (9/18/2014) We are so excited to share that The HALO Foundation founder Rebecca Welsh, is being featured in the MoroccanOil INSPIRED BY WOMEN multimedia campaign, including a short-film series. Watch her discuss the campaign on The TODAY Show here. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The short-film series, INSPIRED, features…
  • Moroccanoil® is Inspired by HALO Founder (9/18/2014) MOROCCANOIL® LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER MULTIMEDIA CAMPAIGN: INSPIRED BY WOMEN™FEATURING AMBASSADOR ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY AND EXCLUSIVE SHORT-FILM SERIES ‘INSPIRED’ New York, NY (September 17, 2014) – Moroccanoil, the global leader in oil-infused beauty products, is proud to announce the launch of INSPIRED BY WOMEN™, the brand’s first-ever multimedia advertising campaign created to inspire, celebrate and empower women around the…
  • 5 Things to Know About Homeless Youth (9/17/2014) Written by Founder Rebecca Welsh 1) The next time you empty the trash, remember that those big black bags are a suitcase for a lot of kids. It holds all their belongings – their clothing, their shoes, their life. When moving into housing, one girl carried in her trash bag and dumped it out saying, “I…
  • HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh on The TODAY Show Thursday, Sept. 18 (9/16/2014) Can you keep a secret? Big things are happening at The HALO Foundation this week, but we’ve got to keep them under wraps for now.However, you can be one of the first to find out exactly what’s happening if you watch The TODAY Show (http://www.today.com/klgandhoda) this Thursday, Sept. 18! Starts at 10 a.m. every weekday…
  • Art of Love September 27th (8/22/2014) The Art of Love features artwork and stories from kids in the Bukesa Children’s Home, as well as our local art therapy programs.  Portland artists partner with us in our work and/or donate their work for purchase.  It’s a night where community development, art, and local business all combine to make an impact on the…
  • HALO in People Magazine (10/10/2013) Rebecca Welsh Helps Orphans And At-Risk Kids Worldwide To read the article on People.com click here. Rebecca Welsh was volunteering in orphanages in Honduras in 2002 when she had an eye-opening encounter with a child living on the streets. “A 6-year-old little girl stopped me and begged me for water,” she says. “She travelled in…
  • HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh Featured on VoiceAmerica (9/30/2013) HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh interviewed on VoiceAmerica. Listen and learn about our HALO story now.
  • HALO on the Front Page of KC Star (9/3/2013) HALO Center harnesses the creative power of kids BY LAURA BAUER, The Kansas City Star    KEITH MYERS | THE KANSAS CITY STAR HALO center director Carly Manijak (standing, center) listened as children gave the superhero power they wished they possessed. Minutes before the class was about to begin in a basement room of a Kansas…
  • HALO on CBS Evening News (8/20/2013)   See HALO on The CBS Evening News. Click here to watch the exciting story.
  • Visiting Uganda (2/8/2013) I am back in Uganda after nearly 2 years to visit our HALO supported homes. I arrived last week but have been so busy running all over Kampala I am just now getting a chance to sit, breathe, and write. This time around I am visiting our new HALO Ambassador, Mary Pryse, who after only…