The HALO Foundation
1600 Genessee #200
Kansas City MO 64102
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 472-4256
Mission Statement
HALO is the foundation of a family for the child who needs one.
HALO acts as a family to children in need by providing the functionality of a family or parent. The foundation of a family lives in three forms: Housing, Healing, and Education.
HALO provides a home as shelter and a place to grow. HALO provides healing in the form of therapeutic art, counseling, and connection to medical care. And HALO provides the means to a quality education, which opens new perspectives and avenues for a child.
That is the foundation of a family. HALO’s vision is that no child should be alone. We believe every child should have the support of a family.
HALO’s work is focused on keeping one more child from spending one more day alone.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Welsh
Board Chair Mr. Edward Welsh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Capital Holding Company
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
HALO is the foundation of a family for the child who needs one.
HALO acts as a family to children in need by providing the functionality of a family or parent. The foundation of a family lives in three forms: Housing, Healing, and Education.
HALO provides a home as shelter and a place to grow. HALO provides healing in the form of therapeutic art, counseling, and connection to medical care. And HALO provides the means to a quality education, which opens new perspectives and avenues for a child.
That is the foundation of a family. HALO’s vision is that no child should be alone. We believe every child should have the support of a family.
HALO’s work is focused on keeping one more child from spending one more day alone.
Background Statement
As a young college graduate, Rebecca Welsh traveled to Honduras on a mission trip with Mercy Ships. During her 6-month commitment, Rebecca worked with children who lived on the streets in the town of Puerto Cortes. It was there that she met Daisy, a 6-year-old street child who was malnourished and begging for water. Rebecca says her life was forever changed in that moment. Upon returning to the US, Rebecca asked everyone she knew to help her support children like Daisy who lived without a family. It wasn’t until 2004 that a group of students at Rebecca’s martial arts school in Lee’s Summit did a fund raiser that everything changed. That group of children raised over $5,000 for an orphanage in Mexico. They ended up raising over $250,000 over time.
HALO was officially formed in 2005 with a group of passionate volunteers and individuals who wanted to make a difference. HALO’s reach spread from Mexico to India to Africa to Kansas City. HALO now serves over 21 orphanages and programs in 6 countries, providing the foundation of a family to children who need it most. HALO Kansas City was launched in 2007 when volunteers started providing resources to Niles Home for Children and other residential agencies for homeless children. HALO started by filling the holes in these agencies. It now has a Center that serves over 700 children a year and a Housing Program that provides beds for children in need. HALO Jefferson City was launched in 2009 and now serves 177 children with programming and can house up to 48 children at a time.
Impact Statement
  1. Jefferson City: In 2015, HALO found there were over 135 homeless youth in Jefferson City with no options for housing. HALO launched a housing program for teens. This pilot program housed up to 5 teens in a leased location with a houseparent on site. In 2017, HALO was gifted a large church camp and conference center. In less than 6 months, HALO received and sold $500,000 in tax credits, and covered $500,000 in construction with private donations. The home, with space for 48, is completely staffed and HALO has begun moving in youth and their dependents.
  2. Kansas City: HALO has provided support to homeless shelters and agencies that serve at-risk youth for 10 years. The number of homeless youth has grown, but most recently it has become unbearable for HALO staff to watch a child bounce from shelter to shelter because there aren’t enough long-term solutions for them, or because they don’t fit the requirements of a government funded program. In response, HALO launched a pilot housing program with private funding, housing 4 youth.
  3. Board of Directors: In 2017, our board added members who have been key players in our success, including members with expertise in grant/fund development and non-profit legal issues.
  4. HALO Centers: in 2017, HALO served 701 homeless children with a total of 178 future-focused workshops in KC, and 177 youth at HALO Center JC. These workshops are life-skills based courses that help homeless children heal from their pasts and set and attain goals for their futures.
Goals:
  1. KC Capital Campaign: In response to the incredible need of Kansas City Homeless Youth, HALO is launching a capital campaign to build a home modeled after the Jefferson City Home.
  2. Sustainable Funding: Our goal for 2017 is that 50% of funding is from sustained giving.
  3. Grants: Secure 5 grants from foundations that are new to HALO.
Needs Statement
  1. KC Housing: In 2015, we launched a housing program in response to homeless youth; the number has almost doubled since 2009. There are around 2000 homeless youth in KC, with only 33 beds for teens who are alone. Our most pressing need is funding to support a full-functioning home. As of 2017, our pilot housing program can house up to 4 youth; a home can house up to 48. We need major funders and donors to build a strong, sustainable base for ongoing support. The Capital Campaign is $3,000,000. The ongoing budget is $250,000.
  2. Jefferson City Sustainability: Our JC housing program needs ongoing support. Opening of the home almost tripled the budget. This home provides housing for up to 48 homeless youth. The community is very supportive but we need long-term donors willing to make an ongoing commitment for the ongoing budget of $225,000 per year (about $400 per youth per month).
  3. Marketing: For 12 years, HALO has relied on volunteers to create external communication materials. It has become difficult to communicate needs efficiently this way. Other organizations our size have funding for this area and a higher level of communication with donors. We need support to help spread the word, raise awareness and drive donations. We are seeking $15,000 for marketing support.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Housing Support
Arts Services
Areas of Service
MO
International
Programs
Description
In 2006, through connecting with local homeless shelters and residential programs, HALO identified a gap in resources when it came to future-focused programs for homeless youth. Existing organizations that provide the basic needs to these youth, often were short on resources to focus in on the youth’s passions, dreams, and futures. Thus, in 2007, HALO began a satellite Future Focused Art program in a residential treatment center.
In 2010 we opened The HALO Learning Center, which empowers homeless youth to become contributing members of our community. We provide Future-Focused Art programs, Professional Development, Vocational programs Life Skill programs, and iEmpathize, a program that teaches youth to identify a positive or exploitive relationship in their lives.
Partnering with local homeless shelters, transitional living programs, alternative high schools, and more, HALO serves over 700 children per year.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Throughout participation in the HALO Learning Center, there are multiple short-term successes a child can reach. The early short-term successes are established in an early learning phase, where a child learns community resources available to them; they are exposed and educated on new life skills; they identify what their future goals are and learn the skill set and steps needed to achieve their goals; and they learn about scholarship and financial aid resources.
The next level of short-term successes are measured in an interim behavior change phase where children are utilizing mental health and self-improvement resources available to them, they are practicing learned life skills daily, and they apply for scholarship and financial aid, maintain attendance and progress in school, and apply and interview for jobs.
Long-Term Success The HALO Learning Center programs promote healing in the children that attend, who have all undergone their own traumas. With a strong focus on our children’s self-confidence, education and future employment, the ultimate goal for our children in the program is that they obtain a degree or certificate for their career, have secured and maintain employment, implement daily life skills, and have a positive outlook on their future.
Program Success Monitored By
The successes of the programs within The HALO Center are measured by surveys designed to measure the aforementioned long and short-term successes. Children are asked to provide their opinions on topics such as the art projects helping them to process their feelings, their knowledge and frequency of practicing the life skills learned at HALO in their daily lives, if HALO has helped them to have a more positive outlook on their futures, and more.
Art & Life skill surveys are administered & reviewed on a quarterly basis, and Professional Development, Vocational and iEmpathize surveys are administered by semester.
 
After the survey is reviewed, results are entered in to our child tracking software, Apricot, where we collect and can run reports on various results to track successes of programs. Apricot also hosts a profile for each youth that attends HALO. Profiles allow staff to gather info on each child, track involvement, future goals and resources needed to be successful.
Examples of Program Success
Participant: Noah, kicked out of home at 17, lived in shelters and transitional programs for years and attended HALO since 2014. This once shy young man completed an HVAC, electrical & maintenance works certificate through JobCorps and received his High School diploma in 2016. He works full-time in HVAC maintenance, has his own apartment and car, and makes artwork for HALO staff and events.
Volunteer: Many of our students have difficulty displaying any emotions other than anger or despair, so it is always a pleasure to watch them display other emotions through the art projects with HALO. We often do not know what impact our influences may have, as it may not be immediate, but rest assured that our students appreciate the opportunity & lessons learned will help move them forward toward their positive life goals.”
  • Served over 3,000 youth since 2010.
  • 6 HALO Center youth awarded $18k scholarships to pursue 4-year degrees.
  • 2 scholarship recipients transferred to major universities.
Description
After 10 years of working in the Kansas City community, HALO staff gained thorough knowledge on the abundance of the homeless youth population. While there are many housing resources for the population, HALO learned that all established organizations had few to no openings, & an extensive waitlist of youth in need of housing. Until these youth are selected for a housing spot, they bounce from couch to couch, living out of cars, & oftentimes the streets. After speaking with community partners, HALO decided that there were, unfortunately, never too many housing resources. Therefore, in 2015, HALO opened a housing program for teens in homeless situations.
The HALO Home in Kansas City is an up to 24 month-long program that provides free housing for pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting youth ages 16-21 years who are in homeless or high-risk situations. The goal of the HALO Home is to help youth get out of “crisis mode”, set long-term goals for themselves, & learn how to live independently.
Category Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
As a client progresses through the HALO Housing Program, there are early and interim successes that are measured. The early successes are a learning stage for the client in which they identify the severity of their current living situation, set education & employment goals, and are educated on life skills vital to independent living. The interim successes are where behavior change is measured when the client effectively communicates needs in an appropriate manner, and is actively practicing independent living skills.
After the survey is reviewed, results are entered in to our child tracking software, Apricot, where we collect and can run reports on various results to track successes of programs. Apricot also hosts a profile for each client in the program. Profiles allow staff to gather info on each client, track involvement, future goals and resources needed to be successful.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal of The HALO Housing Program is that the client is self-sufficient & able to set up their first home; they are able to maintain home upkeep; and they can live independently in a safe place.
Program Success Monitored By The success of the HALO Housing Program is monitored by a survey designed by HALO staff that asks clients to provide their opinion in a likert scale on topics such as: they have learned to effectively communicate their needs; the level of confidence they have in themselves to secure & maintain employment; what it takes to set up & maintain their own home; if the program has prepared them to live independently, and more. Surveys are administered based on the length of stay in program. Staff strive to administer 3 surveys per client.
Examples of Program Success
The success stories for this pilot program are in the form of statistics, as follows:
  • HALO Housing Program has served 6 parenting and non-parenting clients since opening their doors in October of 2015.
  • 2 clients in the program have received scholarships towards community college to pursue their educational and employment goals.
  • HALO Housing program allowed one young woman and her two children shelter, when they were previously couch surfing and sleeping on a park bench.
  • HALO Housing Program has gained support from community partner organizations who also provide housing, proving the need for more housing spots in the Kansas City community.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Welsh
Term Start June 2005
Experience Rebecca Neuenswander Welsh is the Founder of HALO. She has been a resident of Missouri for the majority of her life. Rebecca traveled to a developing country after college and was inspired to start HALO because of a little girl she met on the street. Rebecca was recently selected for the international Inspired by Women campaign sponsored by beauty brand Moroccanoil where she and The HALO Foundation were featured in a documentary directed by filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard and Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning producer RadicalMedia. Rebecca has been featured on the CBS Evening News, People Magazine, The Today Show and various other media outlets. She was recently presented with the Inspired Award at Variety Magazine’s Power of Women Event. Rebecca was married in 2008 to Kansas City native Edward Welsh and now has two sons and a daughter.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Nicole Gerken
Term Start July 2010
E-mail nicolegerken@haloworldwide.org
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operations Officer
Title Chief Program Officer
Title CGO
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 200
Paid Contractors 1
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Collaborations
reStart Inc.
Fairfax Alternative High School
Operation Breakthrough
Big Brother Big Sisters of Kansas City 
Hillcrest Transitional Housing
Spofford Home  
Salvation Army Children's Shelter 
Sheffield Place 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Inspiration of Action AwardVariety Magazine Power of Women2015
Innovator of the YearArtsKC2017
Woodland Humanitarian AwardWoodland Foundation2011
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Edward Welsh
Company Affiliation Capital Holding Company
Term Apr 2016 to Apr 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Suzanne Alewine Community Asset Builders
Ms. Carol Angerer Abbott & Angerer
Mr. David Baker Legacy Investments
Ms. Vanessa Connell Community Volunteer
Ms. Tara Darbyshire Archer Foundation
Mr. Greg Lam Copelvitz & Canter
Mr. Edward Welsh Capital Holding Company
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 5
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,350,000
Projected Expenses $1,120,500
Audit Documents
2015 HALO Audit
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$538,422$504,855$421,484
Administration Expense$49,305$26,213$37,373
Fundraising Expense$7,765$16,993$8,238
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.830.941.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%92%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%4%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$105,665$198,053$229,099
Current Assets$70,817$179,372$205,231
Long-Term Liabilities$11,292$3,683$1,180
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$94,373$194,370$227,919
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets11%2%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Organization Name The HALO Foundation
Address 1600 Genessee #200
Kansas City, MO 64102
Primary Phone (816) 472-4256
Contact Email halo@haloworldwide.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Welsh
Board Chair Mr. Edward Welsh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Capital Holding Company
Year of Incorporation 2005