The HALO Foundation
1600 Genessee #200
Kansas City MO 64102
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 472-4256
Mission Statement
HALO helps one more child spend one less day alone.
We believe every child should have the support of a family.  HALO is the foundation of a family for children without one. We provide housing, healing and education to homeless and at-risk children. 
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
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

DONATE: Please make checks to The HALO Foundation and mail to HALO 1600 Genessee, Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64102. Online donations can be made here:

VOLUNTEER: 82% of HALO is made up of volunteers and interns. If interested in joining HALO, please contact to join an upcoming Volunteer Information Orientation or visit this link to learn more: We’ll share an overview of HALO and ways to get involved.


  • "Change That Counts" Change Box: One quarter provides a warm meal for a HALO child in need. We have companies, schools, clubs, churches and individuals participating. Change boxes are available at the HALO office or can be mailed to you. Learn more here:
  • Become a HALO Tribe Member. Make a recurring donation monthly, quarterly or annually. Visit:
  • PowerPacks: Help collect backpacks and emergency items like hygienic supplies, food, and clothing. A full list is here:
  • Join the Meal Train: Provide a meal for a child in need at a HALO workshop. Sign up here:
  • Host a Food Drive: Organize a HALO food drive for your community or school.
  • Gift Cards: Collect gift cards to places like Target and Walmart to give to youth in our Housing program.
  • Amazon Smile: Shop Amazon Smile to benefit HALO. Select The HALO Foundation as your charitable organization on
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
HALO helps one more child spend one less day alone.
We believe every child should have the support of a family.  HALO is the foundation of a family for children without one. We provide housing, healing and education to homeless and at-risk children. 
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 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 125 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. HALO is also now licensed with the State of Missouri to bring in foster care youth and children under the State's care. Since the HALO Jefferson City Home has opened, HALO has served 33 youth and 15 infants. Twenty youth have graduated from High School and one has received their Associates Degree. HALO has served 579 meals and snacks in 2018 and facilitated 87 programs and workshops.
  2. Kansas City: HALO has provided support to homeless shelters and agencies that serve at-risk youth over 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 3 youth and two infants. A capital campaign launched in 2017 and has raised $1.5 million. Our goal is $7.25 million. In April 2018, a plot of land was purchased in Kansas City by a HALO donor and plans are underway to build a homeless shelter for girls and boys. We are expected to break ground in 2020 and can house 40 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. We continue to evolve on the Board responsibilities and their involvement. 
  4. HALO Center: In 2018, HALO served 648 homeless children with a total of 162 future-focused workshops in KC. These workshops are life-skills based courses that help homeless children heal from their pasts and set and attain goals for their futures.
  1. KC Capital Campaign: In response to the incredible need of Kansas City Homeless Youth, HALO continues its efforts with its Capital Campaign to build a HALO Home for 40 youth. We will break ground in 2020.
  2. Sustainable Funding: We are launching a Monthly Giving campaign in May 2018 called the HALO Tribe. Currently, HALO has 115 recurring donors with a goal of 200 by Dec. 31, 2019.
  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. There are around 6,000 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 2019, our pilot housing program housed 3 youth and 2 infants; a home can house up to 24 boys and 24 girls. We need major funders and donors to build a strong, sustainable base for ongoing support. The Capital Campaign is $7.25 Million. The ongoing budget is $250,000. We have secured the land, made possible by a HALO donor. In addition, we have raised $1.5 million.
  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 15 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
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.
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
CEO Total Compensation $0 - $50,000
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
Co-CEO Experience
Nicole Gerken graduated from the University of Kansas School of Journalism with a BA in Strategic Communications in 2001. For more than 10 years, she had a successful career within the advertising agency industry, helping global, national and local companies grow. Top brands include Sonic Drive-In, Pizza Hut, Cargill, Hill's Pet Nutrition Science Diet and Prescription Diet, and several others. She began to serve as a marketing volunteer for The HALO Foundation in 2006, in 2011 joined HALO as the Director of Operations and in 2016 became the HALO Chief Operating Officer. She keeps the HALO vision in motion at all times, focusing on operational efficiencies and tools, team development, strategic planning, marketing and branding initiatives, fundraising and event support.
"I love what I do. I have the privilege to serve as an agent of positive change for the world and the children we serve. I am committed to the HALO vision to keep one more child from spending one more day alone and know that everyday, we are making a difference in the the lives of our HALO children. I’ve seen that love truly does heal. I believe that even if we are helping just one child, all of our work is worth it because we are providing a chance. Chance that some of us just happened to have in the environment we were given. When we provide the support of a family, we can break the cycle of homelessness. Everyday, I am inspired by our team of volunteers and staff who are committed to spreading love and fulfilling a need of helping others in the world."
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operations Officer
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 200
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
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
  • reStart Inc.
  • Fairfax Alternative High School
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Big Brother Big Sisters of Kansas City 
  • Hillcrest Transitional Housing
  • Cornerstones of Care 
  • Salvation Army Children's Shelter 
  • Sheffield Place 
  • Gordon Parks Elementary 
  • Jefferson City Public Schools
  • Rape and Abuse Crisis Service
  • Jefferson City Academic Center 
Local HeroesIngram's Magazine2018
Innovator of the YearArtsKC2017
Inspiration of Action AwardVariety Magazine Power of Women2015
Woodland Humanitarian AwardWoodland Foundation2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Edward Welsh
Company Affiliation Capital Holding Company
Term Apr 2016 to Apr 2018
Board Members
Mr. Bryan AlbersCommunity Activist
Ms. Suzanne AlewineCommunity Asset Builders
Ms. Carol AngererAbbott & Angerer
Ms. Vanessa ConnellCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Greg LamCopelvitz & Canter
Mr. Edward WelshCapital Holding Company
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,344,000
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$789,511$690,351$538,422
Administration Expense$69,087$31,856$49,305
Fundraising Expense$52,786$17,275$7,765
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.561.610.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%93%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,069,117$559,057$105,665
Current Assets$641,390$537,200$70,817
Long-Term Liabilities$12,900$10,572$11,292
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$1,056,217$548,485$94,373
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%2%11%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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
Campaign Purpose To build a homeless shelter for boys and girls in Kansas City, housing 40 youth. 
Goal $7,250,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
HALO Kansas City Home Capital Campaign2019View
HALO Annual Report2018View
HALO Brochure2018View
HALO Theory of Change/Logic Model2018View
HALO Annual Report2017View
Organization Name The HALO Foundation
Address 1600 Genessee #200
Kansas City, MO 64102
Primary Phone (816) 472-4256
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Welsh
Board Chair Mr. Edward Welsh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Capital Holding Company
Year of Incorporation 2005