Youngstar Rating

HALO Childcare Center (HCC) has once again received the highest  5-Star rating from Wisconsin's Youngstar program dedicated to improving the state's child care quality standards!!

With this top rating, HCC is ranked in the top 4% of child care centers in Racine and Kenosha and the top 9% statewide.

HALO's Childcare Center is also OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!

  • Every Bit Helps! 

    Don’t wait for an appeal mailing – Send in a donation today!  Or donate online at Instead of mailing out a separate summer appeal letter, we are trying to save money by including a donation envelope with the summer 2015 newsletter.

    Won’t you please help us help those who seek a pathway to self-sufficiency?

    Thank you!

  • Letter from the Executive Director With great sadness HALO says goodbye to our Community Programs Manager, Brenda Thomas, as she joins her husband, Ron, in a happy and hard-earned retirement. For anyone who knows ...
    Posted Jun 11, 2015, 9:25 AM by Andrew Koetz
  • Brenda Thomas Farewell & New Staff Welcome New Staff- Amy Macemon & Andy KoetzAs a testament to the remarkable job Brenda Thomas has done at HALO, we have hired two new employees to help fill her ...
    Posted Jun 11, 2015, 9:27 AM by Andrew Koetz
  • What is Transitional Housing? Shelter residents who are showing considerable progress towards their self-sufficiency goals can be referred to HALO’s Transitional Housing Program (THP). When approved, the client moves into a furnished ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2015, 8:50 AM by Amy Macemon
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Statement of Need

Homelessness is a very real issue for Racine County. Racine continues to have the highest unemployment rate and second highest child homelessness rate among Wisconsin cities. 

Last year, HALO served 700 individuals including 138 children, 58% under the age of six. 

Children make up 28% of Racine's homeless population. According to data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2,253 students in the Racine Unified School District were identified as homeless in 2014. This is more than double the amount from the previous year.

With the current rate of poverty, 55 of every 10,000 Racine County residents will experience homelessness. Since 2007, the estimated total of homeless individuals in Wisconsin has increased 8%.
(Source: Institute for Community Alliances) 


Since opening in 2005, HALO has helped over 1,600 adults return to stable housing with enough income and savings to support themselves.

From day one, it was HALO intent to not just shelter those in need, but to offer a clear path to self-sufficiency through individualized support.

HALO is the only homeless shelter in Wisconsin offering Intensive Case Management paired with a comprehensive network of supportive services from 90+ area agencies. 

Understanding that everyone comes to HALO with their own individual story is vital to our ability to help them. HALO Case managers help individuals experiencing homelessness to overcome barriers, develop goals and foster human connections for a successful transition from homelessness to independent living. 

Read about our Journey to Self-Sufficiency accountability-based program.

    A Letter from HALO's Founder

Ten Years
Twelve years ago, a group of community minded individuals came together to discuss the issues of homelessness in Racine County. 

HALO was truly a community vision and a community effort. HALO became and still is the organization that our community envisioned.
The miracles continue to happen, only now they are the miracles of changing peoples’ lives! 

Congratulations HALO on 10 years of success in the Racine community! 

    Sincerely,  Cheryl Buckley , Founding Director of HALO 2005-2009

Other Accomplishments

Congratulations to Stephanie Kober! 
HALO's Family Program Director received a 2015 Individual Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association for her "contributions toward promoting quality and excellence in the field of childcare and education."

HALO Received Leadership Wisconsin's 2014 Collaborating for Transformation Award!!

For the pilot program W.O.W.  -  Women of Worth


Quote from a recent HALO participant

HALO is funded in part by: the State of Wisconsin, the Department of Commerce, the Division of Housing, Community Development, United Way of Racine, the Racine Community Foundation, and Racine Dominicans.

Generous support for our intensive case management to promote self-sufficiency provided 
by a grant from The S.L. Gimbel Foundation.
      Racine Dominicans

Special Thanks to our Corporate Partners:

HALO is grateful for the 200+ individuals and business who have generously contributed to our 
Journey to Self-Sufficiency Endowment Fund. For a complete listing of contributors, please click here

Journey to Self-Sufficiency

This agency receives funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and/or the State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce to provide services for homeless and near homeless individuals and their families. A requirement of this funding is that this agency participates in the Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System. This system collects basic information about clients receiving services from this agency. This requirement was enacted in order to get a more accurate count of individuals and families who are homeless and to identify the need for different services.

HALO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) qualified organization.