About our Family Program
With a priority on child welfare, HALO’s Family Program works to build strong support systems around every child. HALO’s Family Program serves homeless parents and children from birth to 18 years old. The program’s goals include maintaining normalcy for children experiencing homelessness; offering a safe and secure place of refuge that meets all basic needs; and developing the child's sense of self-worth through group activities and positive communications.
Family Program Director provides case management to identify low cost health care assistance for children who do not have up to date examinations or immunizations. Programming is done with families on personal hygiene, education, budgeting, and planning. Parents are taught the value of books, games, and other materials that stimulate children's growth and development. Parents are also shown how the importance of play is crucial in the development of children.
At intake, each child receives their first ASQ assessment. Information is entered into the ASQ software and reports are developed. If a child fails the assessments, a list of appropriate activities will be given to the parent to work on with the child. The child is then referred to Birth to Three, RCOC, Family Smart Kid
A follow up assessment is done on a monthly basis for children who have failed one or more areas of the assessment. For children who successfully complete the screenings, follow up assessments will be done every two months as scheduled.
The shelter provides a list of resources for parenting assistance. Parenting classes take place at HALO and off site as part of mandatory programming. Family activities are encouraged and opportunities for such events are a regular part of programming.
Programs specific to our Family Program
After school tutoring project
HALO offers a one on one homework tutoring session Monday through Thursday from 3-5 pm. The tutoring sessions are open to the public. Call first to enroll a student in the program. The program offers school day's out programs as well. We are always looking for tutors.
C.A.M.P. Childcare Assistance for Motivated Parents:For qualifying applicants, subsidized HALO Childcare tuition equal to the current W2 state subsidy rates will be offered in exchange for regular progress reports and acceptable grades while the parent is enrolled in a qualifying educational program.
HALO High Five Summer Camp
Open to the public, HALO offers a free summer camp for children in the 1st through 5th grades with a focus on Literacy, Science, Gardening, Art and Math. Each week, children will participate in activities based on a different theme that will end in an exciting Friday field trip. A one-time donation based on income is required.
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