Feb 18, 2021

HALO Youth, Aspen, is off to College!

Aspen with her college acceptance letter
Aspen with her college acceptance letter

At The HALO Home, our youth have a strong focus on setting and achieving goals that support their education. HALO puts homeless youth on a path to a positive future through tutoring, scholarship opportunities and help preparing for higher education, our youth work hard to leave the "at-risk" label behind and finally be seen as just a great kid with the potential to do great things. 

We are so proud to kick off the new year by celebrating HALO youth, Aspen's, graduation from the HALO Home and help move her into her college dorm room!  While in the HALO Home, Aspen worked hard on her educational goals, communicating right away her desire to further her education by going to college.  She worked hard on learning tools for coping from past traumas and her self-care to help prepare her for independent living in a college environment.  

In early January, Aspen was awarded a full scholarship to a local university that provides her with three free meals a day, a dorm room with a roomate and a free bus pass to support her transportation needs to classes and work.  She quickly made plans to save money from her paycheck to apply towards campus living during the summertime, demonstrating her focus on long-term planning for her housing to ensure she breaks the cycle of homelessness for her future. 

Thanks to our supporters, HALO was able to help provide Aspen with everything she needed to move into her new dorm room with confidence, just like any other student, including twin sheets, towels, a mattress pad, hangers, a trash can and a message board.  

We are so proud of Aspen and wish her the best on her new journey as a college student! 

Feb 18, 2021

Creating New Holiday Traditions for HALO Youth

HALO youth and child celebrating together
HALO youth and child celebrating together

For our HALO kids, the holidays have usually been associated with pain and frustration. We hope that by creating fun holiday traditions, our youth have a positive experience during the holidays and the opportunity to pass down these traditions to their children one day. This holiday season, we were able to create some great memories thanks to you.

Here are some of our new traditions:

1. We wanted to be sure that our kids had a warm meal for Thanksgiving even if we couldn’t all be in the same room this year. Thanks to our amazing volunteers of the month, the Kansas City Advocate Board, Sweet Smoke BBQ, and Hy-Vee, we were able to make sure all our kids got a warm meal and know just how loved they are. 

2. We hope that creating small happy moments like decorating sugar cookies together will show them that the holiday season can be filled with love. Our learning centers also held several other holiday activities, like decorating cards, doing a scavenger hunt, and gingerbread decorating.

3. This season, the youth at the Jefferson City programs got into the holiday spirit by doing different activities each night. One of the weeks, they made Oreo Snowman Cookies and turned paper bags into snowflakes. 

4. The opportunity to give a gift to someone they love, has been rare for our youth.  This year, we were able to take our youth shopping for them to pick out a gift for someone they loved, and they learned how to wrap them on their own to provide that special touch to their gift. 

 Thank you for supporting our HALO youth this year and giving them the chance to be kids. Without you, it wouldn’t feel like the holidays or home. 

Cookie Decorating!
Cookie Decorating!
Oreo Snowmen Made by HALO Youth
Oreo Snowmen Made by HALO Youth
HALO Thanksgiving Meal Prep
HALO Thanksgiving Meal Prep
HALO Youth Wrapping Gifts
HALO Youth Wrapping Gifts
Jan 14, 2021

Beautiful Smiles Made Possibly By You

Thank you, HALO!
Thank you, HALO!

At HALO, we appreciate all of our HALO supporters and want to show what an incredible difference your donation can make. 

In the Fall, HALO was able to support our HALO youth living in the Uganda Lungujja HALO Girls Home and the Kibuli HALO Boys Home with some dental surgeries and appointments. In total, 12 youth are on their way to a happy and healthy smile. 

After their recovery, the youth took some time to make thank you signs. A few of them also made some thank you videos. Please watch here: https://youtu.be/wUV48qZr9so

Thank you for making their beautiful smiles possible. 

Dental Procedure with a HALO Youth
Dental Procedure with a HALO Youth
Happy Smiles!
Happy Smiles!

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