Dec 6, 2019

Meet HALO Alum Caylin

HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh with HALO Alum Caylin
HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh with HALO Alum Caylin

Recently, we did a special interview with HALO Alum Caylin who graduated from the HALO Home. This interview was in conjunction with Moroccanoil and had to share her story. It's the reason we do what we do every day, and why it's so important to invest in our kids.

Q&A

Tell us about yourself. Where do you live?

My name is Caylin, and I am from Jefferson City, Missouri. I had a child at the age of 15, and even though I was young it was the best thing that had ever happened to me. I graduated with my high school diploma at age 16, and I am now in my second year of college. Additionally, I am engaged to a man who supports me as a independent woman and drives me to reach my goals.

What does an average day for you look like?

An average day for me starts with getting my six-year-old ready for kindergarten. I currently work at Target part-time, then I spend my evening hanging out with my fiancé and getting school work done. Even though I have a busy life, I feel I am slowly setting up an amazing foundation for our future.

How did you find out about the HALO Foundation? How has it changed your life?

I found out about the HALO Foundation through the school I was attending. Since I was a single mother, they knew the HALO Foundation was right for me and suggested it through a program called teens as parents. HALO has changed my life in so many different ways. They gave me the support I needed and taught me how to be a responsible adult. HALO also taught me what family was and what it meant.

What would you tell someone facing the same challenges?

If someone was facing the same challenges as I was I would tell them to never give up on themselves. Even though they may think that having a child at a young age affects their opportunities and privileges, it doesn’t have to. We may have made mistakes in our past, but that doesn’t mean we can’t follow our dreams and become whatever we want to be. 

What challenge are you most proud of overcoming?

I am most proud of the amazing child I created and defeating the odds against young single mothers. I have fought so hard to give my daughter the best life I could possibly give her, and I have reached that goal. It makes me grateful I have had that opportunity through the HALO Foundation.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In the near future, I see myself as a college graduate with a proud family beside me. I see myself as a leader and someone other single parents can look up to and admire. I want to be a role model to other people who think they can’t overcome mistakes they made as a child. They should understand that it’s not their fault and that with the right support and motivation they can do whatever they want to do.

 

Thank you for supporting kids like Caylin. You make success stories like these possible.

Dec 6, 2019

We Are So Grateful

Tree
Tree

On Thursday, November 14th, HALO held its annual HALO Thanksgiving for our kids at the HyVee Arena. Throughout the course of the evening, there was food, fun, and festivities galore. Mariner Wealth Advisors volunteers provided, and served, a delicious meal. The HALO Advocate Board made pies for the Thanksgiving dinner.

After a hearty meal, our kids went to the gym to enjoy some basketball and soccer.  A “Thankful Tree" was set up for the kids to write down what they were thankful for this holiday season. Some of the things they were thankful for were their family, food and Patrick Mahomes.

At the end of the night the kids were able to take some leftovers from the feast.

We had over 50 kids attend and even some alumni! Thank you for supporting HALO and making celebrations like these possible.

HALO Baby
HALO Baby
Mariner Volunteers
Mariner Volunteers
Basketball Fun
Basketball Fun
Oct 31, 2019

Meet Satish

Satish in college
Satish in college

Satish came to the HALO Home in India when he was just as 7 years old after the 2004 Tsunami. He has always enjoyed learning and had a drive to continue on with higher education. Satish worked hard his entire schooling and scored excellent in his school final examination. Today, he is doing his final year Engineering Studies with Electrical and Electronics as his major subjects.  Recently he finished his project work in Vishakapatnam and by next year, he will graduate. In 2020, he will be an Engineer by profession and thanks HALO for believing in him. We couldn't be more proud of Satish and know he will go on and do great things for the community. Thank you for providing support to youth like Satish. 

Satish as a child loved to learn new things
Satish as a child loved to learn new things
 
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