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Annual JC ArtReach Auction

In by Chelsea Tapken

The Annual ArtReach Auction features orphan artwork from around the world, artwork from local and nationally recognized artists, silent auction items, and dinner. This will be our best event yet! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. If interested in becoming a sponsor, please download the Sponsorship Packet here.

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15th Annual KC ArtReach Auction

In by Chelsea Tapken

As featured on The CBS Evening News, the Annual ArtReach Auction features orphan artwork from around the world, artwork from local and nationally recognized artists, silent auction items, dinner and entertainment by Lost Wax. You won’t want to miss this event as we celebrate the 15 years of growth together with thousands of lives changed. Get updates by following the …

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Mental Health Awareness Month at HALO

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which goes hand in hand with HALO’s mission and purpose. We strive to support homeless and at-risk children through housing, healing, and education so they can become contributing members of society. Therapeutic art is one of the ways we encourage our kids to express their emotions and goals in life to promote mental health. …

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Love Heals In Our Summer Workshops

This summer, we asked our HALO children what healing means to them. How has HALO helped you heal? What makes you feel loved? From sewing to spoken word readings, our youth explore what makes them feel loved through powerful performances and artistry. These workshops are all thanks to our amazing instructors! We are grateful for all of their time and …

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Respect: Vera Schmitz Shares what July’s Life Skill Means to Her

This month we’re focusing on “respect” as our July Life Skill. Three-time All American Pole Vaulter, Vera Schmitz, talks about respect and what that has meant in her own life. Vera began talking respecting others from her experiences as a member of a team. She stressed the importance of respecting the group’s energy. At a particularly difficult practice, those who …

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Kansas City Summer Programming

School’s out and that means summer programming is about to start at our Kansas City Learning Center. We have a lot of exciting workshops planned and maybe a few surprises throughout the summer. Check them out below! June July

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Mother’s Day and the Foundation of a Family

This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating two very important HALO staff members who provide the foundation of a family for our kids. In Part One, Lauren Bateman, the Lead Residential Supervisor, at the HALO Home in Jefferson City talks about her journey with HALO and what this family means to her. What drew me to HALO was the fact that I …

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Therapeutic Art Can Be More Than A Creative Outlet

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us (David Richo) HALO believes that art is more than just a creative outlet. Art gives a language to what is difficult to verbally express. Art can do many things. It can spur growth, act as a window into the mind, and breathes beauty into emotions …

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Prairie Elementary Makes Change Count

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